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By Helen Martyn

Developing reflective perform is a useful source, using a different 'bottom-up' method of studying. brilliant examples of social paintings perform with young ones and households are offered, offering genuine lifestyles illustrations of the dilemmas and demanding situations dealing with practitioners.Educators and practitioners offer analytic commentaries on the right track paintings submitted by way of social staff learning on a post-qualifying programme, indicating what went good, what did not pass good, and the place advancements could have been made.Implications for coverage and perform from the viewpoint of the center supervisor are supplied, besides an inventory of studying points.Developing reflective perform is vital interpreting for college students (on easy methods to comprehend perform in a path paintings context), academics (on tips on how to investigate path paintings and increase perform performance), practitioners (on the right way to technique particular items of labor) and managers/supervisors (on easy methods to advertise top practice), supplying criteria for either education and perform rooted within the truth of the workplace.

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We talked about where to start. I wanted James to have some choice, and we looked at different distinct phases in his life. During the course of our conversation, it became quite clear to me that he could remember a lot about earlier events – his period in foster care in Kent, being sexually abused, his mother’s violent partners – going back to when he was about six years old. This made it difficult for me to know where to start, because the list appeared to represent so many difficult and painful events in James’ life.

It was only after I said that I liked Amos and thought he was a good boy that ‘Mr Banana Head’ left the room to change (literally his clothes) and Amos came to speak with me. I was initially very concerned that Amos was finding his situation so distressing that he had split into another personality in order to cope (Jacobs, 1988). This has not reoccurred. Following sessions Over the following sessions several themes emerged. Issues of racial identity and self-esteem Christopher suffered low self-esteem and ‘spoiled identity’.

The six sessions ended as pre-planned with the next stage being to share perceptions of ‘what might be wrong’ and to look at possible ways forward in terms of intervention. 27 Developing reflective practice Analysis and evaluation of the work The purpose of this piece of work was to reach an understanding of how Eve was feeling about herself and her world. There were three interrelated routes to greater understanding of Eve’s perceptual world. I started with the belief that understanding her history of attachments and developmental experiences could help me in making sense of some the current concerns.

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