Reflective Practice & Self Care
Reflecting on Practice
Reflecting on practice may involve many aspects. It is primarily about taking a ‘step back’ from the work itself. It is about moving into a different space, making connections and getting a sense of the meaning in the work. Personal reflection is very valuable. However, reflecting with our colleagues can bring another dimension to our understanding of what we achieve through work.
In what ways can we reflect on our practice?
- Take time to reflect;
- Talk to colleagues;
- Listen and learn;
- Reflect on your interactions with others;
- We quite often carry out our work in an automatic way and it can be difficult to take the time to step back and reflect on what we are doing and how we are doing it. Reflective practice requires a commitment of time and energy but a willingness and ability to ‘step back' can greatly increase our insight and awareness;
- It can be really beneficial to share our reflections with others, through team meetings with colleagues, conference calls, workshops and conferences;
- We have a tremendous amount to learn from other people, from those who have more or different experience than us, those who think differently or have new ideas to share;
- Networking and being open to learning from others can bring us into contact with people, who can act as mentors or positive role models;
- Step back and think about your interactions with clients and colleagues;
- Understanding what worked or did not work well can help us improve what we do and may enable us to make better decisions in the future.
Can you identify other ways of reflecting on our practice?