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Being Critically Reflective: Engaging in Holistic Practice

Being Critically Reflective: Engaging in Holistic Practice

Paperback Practice Theory in Context

By (author) Fiona Gardner

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 14mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137276673
  • ISBN 13: 9781137276674
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 4 figures
  • Sales rank: 219,954

Product description

Many students and practitioners are familiar with critical reflection but struggle to make space for it in their everyday practice. This book provides an accessible and practical introduction not only to doing critical reflection, but to being critically reflective. * It demonstrates how reflective capacity can be developed in different practice contexts and applied productively to supervision, teamwork and interprofessional working. * It outlines the different theoretical underpinnings and methods of critical reflection, exploring the use of visual images, writing techniques and group meetings. * It is rich with engaging case studies and questions for the reader that will help them to make critical reflection an integral part of their everyday practice. This book is an ideal guide to dealing with challenge and change across a range of social and healthcare services, including social work, nursing, youth and community work, counselling and allied healthcare professions.

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Author information

Fiona Gardner is Head of Social Work and Social Policy, Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Australia. Her books include Critical Reflection in Context: Applications in Health and Social Care (coedited with Jan Fook) and Critical Spirituality: A Holistic Approach to Contemporary Practice.

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'This book is an indispensable resource for practitioners and students, enabling them both to understand and practise critical reflection in the interests of promoting effective engagement with vulnerable individuals and families.' - Gillian Ruch, Professor of Social Work, University of Sussex, UK 'This is a lovely book that provides students and practitioners with a positive and engaging introduction to critically reflective practice.' - Jo Trelfa, Senior Lecturer and Faculty Lead in Research and Ethics, University of St Mark & St John, UK 'This book provides a clear and practical introduction to being critically reflective that is highly useful for professionals from a range of disciplines.'- Ruth Forbes, Senior Social Work Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK

Table of contents

PART I: INTRODUCING CRITICAL REFLECTION THEORY AND PROCESSES 1. What is Critical Reflection? 2. Theoretical Underpinnings 3. Practising Critical Reflection PART II: CRITICAL REFLECTION IN ORGANIZATIONS 4. Organizational Context 5. Supervision and Team Work 6. Critical Reflection and Organizational Learning PART III: CRITICAL REFLECTION AND THE BROADER THEORETICAL CONTEXT 7. Ethical Issues 8. Managing Uncertainty, Change and Conflict 9. Interprofessionalism and Critical Reflection PART IV: CONCLUSION 10. Embedding Critical Reflection into Individual and Organizational Practice