A good understanding of reflective practice is essential for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy, and is a criterion for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This book takes students on a step-by-step journey through the history of reflective practice, from its origins with Donald Schon through to ideas of knowledge and power and how the counsellor or psychotherapist deals with issues surrounding the 'self'. A central theme of the book is the concept of self-reflection and what motivates a therapist to do an often difficult and sometimes emotionally complex job.
What is reflective practice?
Personal values and assumptions: the 'wounded healer'
Culturally tinted lenses
Understanding people: theory and practice
Developments within reflective practice
Evaluating our practice
The vulnerable researcher: harnessing reflexivity for practice-based qualitative inquiry
Working towards transformative learning