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, its main aim being to help you as a student 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.
Part One: What is reflective practice?
Chapter 1: Reflective practice revisited
Chapter 2: Getting started
Chapter 3: Reflecting on emotion in social work
Part Two: Developing the reflective practitioner
Chapter 4: Reflection as a catalyst in the development of personal and professional effectiveness
Chapter 5: The importance of the perspective of carers and service users
Sarah Houghton, Catherine Tucher and Denise Harvey
Chapter 6: The role of reflection in breaking the cycle of unsafe practice
Linda Bell and Chris Smethurst
Chapter 7: Gender in practice
Chapter 8: Reflective practice on placement
Part Three: Maintaining reflective practice
Chapter 9: Working with your Team Manager
Chapter 10: Reflective practice for interprofessional co-produced social work collaboration