Reflective practices are methods and techniques that help individuals and groups reflect on their experiences and actions in order to engage in a process of continuous learning. Reflective practice enables the practitioner to become aware of the patterns of thoughts and behaviours that shape their thinking and action. Reflective practices nurture self-awareness, imagination and creativity, as well as systemic, non-linear modes of thinking and analysis.
Self-reflective career practitioners engage in active reflection to ensure their continuous development that in turn supports the growth, development, and learning of clients. Through reflexive practice, they can better understand their own intentions, values and visions and support them to work in a challenging field where ethics and morals may be tested, where power relations may be decidedly unequal, and where they may be working in emotionally and physically demanding environments.
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SkillsYouNeed.com. “What is Reflective Practice?” Online: http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/reflective-practice.html (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)