Developing Reflective Practice
Reflective practice creates a more constructive and conscious environment for staff and young people. Without standing back to think about our thinking the work of residential and foster care and education becomes a simple set of activities carried out without a considered meaning. An organizational culture of reflection allows staff to offer reflection to the children they care for. Reflection on thoughts, feelings and experiences is central to a therapeutic experience, and reflective practice is vital to support staff’s capacity to tolerate and contain the emotional impact of their work, and the extreme levels of difficulty they can face.
The aim of this one day experiential programme is to develop a commitment to reflective practice to enable reflective practitioners within a reflective team in a reflective organization. It supports the development of reflective practice skills and the art of giving meaning to experience
Working in Groups and Teams
Team work and understanding groups is at the heart of residential care, and staff’s capacities, experiences and preferences may be taken for granted because of assumptions that humans, who are social creatures, already know how to get the best of themselves in a team.
However, teams are inevitably very diverse, and for all the benefits brought by well-functioning teams, there are significant threats posed to organizations when team-working falters.
This course is a one day experiential workshop that aims to promote a sense of team working and develop insight into each individual’s team contribution to team working, as well as thinking about team dynamics and the complexities of managing /being managed in teams.
- Be informed about team and group working
- Examination of the strengths of team working
- Difference in personal team working style
- Understand the relationship between yourself, your team and the wider team around the child, including the need for collaborative and integrated working
- Have insight into your own and others’ strengths and weaknesses in teams and groups
- Understand how strengths can be applied in a diverse group task
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