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Reflective Practice in Social Work

Fourth Edition
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March 2016 | 200 pages | Learning Matters

Reflective practice is at the heart of becoming a competent and confident social worker. It’s both a key element of learning and development on social work courses and an important aspect of social work practice. This accessible and introductory text explores a range of approaches to reflective practice that aims to help students become more confident in answering key questions, including 'what is reflective practice?', ‘how do I develop as a reflective practitioner?’, ‘how do I maintain reflective practice in key contexts?’.  There are sections on writing reflective journals, communicating well with service users and carers and reflective practice while on placements.

 
Introduction
 
WHAT IS REFLECTIVE PRACTICE?
Christine Knott
Reflective Practice Revisited
Christine Knott and Jan Spafford
Getting Started
Gill Butler
Reflecting on emotion in social work
 
DEVELOPING THE REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONER
Gill Constable
Reflection as a catalyst in the development of personal and professional effectiveness
Andy Mantell
The importance of the perspective of carers and service users
Sandra Wallis
Reflection and avoiding professional dangerousness
Chris Smethurst
‘Doing gender’ in social work practice
Terry Scragg
Reflective practice on placement
 
MAINTAINING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
Terry Scragg
Working with your manager
Janet McCray
Reflective practice for collaborative working
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix 1: Professional Capabilities Framework
 
Appendix 2: Subject Benchmark for Social Work

Reflection, as a key area in social work, is addressed well in this book. In addition to introducing models, what the contributors do is to show students how to reflect, and how to apply it in practice, in different professional settings.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
July 12, 2016

I really like this range of books. The students also find them accessible. This book in particular covers the aspects of the subject that we would consider critical. I have asked some of my tutees to have a look and give their view and they agree. I like the way it relates concepts to examples. students report that this helps them learn, understand and apply knowledge.

Ms Eve Rees
Health Sciences/Social Work, Cardiff Metro University
April 19, 2016

What a fantastic book for students who are required to engage in reflective practise during their work. It is not only valuable for social work/care students but also would be useful for anyone who needs to dwell on their positionality during research/work placement

Ms Irena Loveikaite
College Street Campus, Waterford Institute of Technology
March 30, 2016

Excellent resource for students undertaking the practice learning modules and preparing to write their academic assignment which reflects on practice.

Dr Audrey Roulston
School of Sociology, Social Policy and S, Queen's University of Belfast
March 30, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 8 - Reflective Practice on Placement


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