Are you being encouraged to reflect more deeply and critically on what you do? If your answer is yes, this uniquely inspiring book is for you. The Reflective Journal is a thoughtful and encouraging introduction to critically reflective practice. With space to write your reflections, it will give you a place to capture your learning and a structure to record your development. As a powerful tool for processing your thoughts, feelings and actions, it will lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself and your work so that you can develop your practice and achieve your professional goals. Written for students on a range of courses from education and social work to business, counselling and health, it will also be invaluable for those on placement or in professional practice.
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'I welcome this immensely practical approach to enabling students to develop their skills and understanding of writing reflectively. It is packed full of useful exercises which encourage the reader to try techniques and explore approaches to what is a very challenging task. The focussed approach of taking an idea at a time is an excellent way to encourage students come to an understanding of the variety of ways of writing and exploring their world. The scope of the book, and the ways in which it encourages engagement, is a strong addition to the growing literature on helping students to get to grips with an essential technique for professional practice.'- Melanie Jasper, Professor of Nursing, Head of College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK 'In The Reflective Journal Barbara Bassot has created a very useful and flexible tool. This is the ideal place for someone to practice reflective writing at any stage of their professional life, from student to long time professional. The combination of theory and experiential opportunity will allow both the novice and the experienced reflective writer to learn, deepen and develop a beneficial reflective practice. Many of the techniques and exercises will continue to be of benefit long after the empty pages here have been filled.'- Kate Thompson MA, The Therapeutic Writing Institute & The New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, UK 'The Reflective Journal' takes the reader through a systematic journey to becoming a critically reflective practitioner. Using an innovative format, Barbara Bassot has provided theoretical models of reflection in an accessible manner with probing activities for their application to aid the reader's reflection on their practice. This visually stimulating journal, with interesting insights presented through quotes, will be helpful to, not only students on professional programmes, but also practitioners in their reflective practice.'- Divya Jindal-Snape, Professor of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions, University of Dundee, UK 'Reflective journal writing must be one of the most valuable development activities professionals can engage in. And yet most do not because they do not know how. Bassot's straightforward account, with its clear study of many approaches and strategies to try, will put them on the right path.'- Dr Gillie Bolton, author of Reflective Practice Writing Edn 4. 'Barbara Bassot has constructed a thoroughly practical approach to reflective learning, that will inspire and guide the novice reflective practitioner to effectively develop the craft of reflective practice. Strongly recommended.'- Christopher Johns, Professor of nursing , University of Bedfordshire, UK 'This is a lovely little book that is small enough to carry in a bag and use on the move. During breaks at work or leisurely at home it can easily be picked up by any professional to provoke thoughtful and insightful reflection. The author encourages the reader to consider their views and deliberate on changing those views within the context of a variety of theories and concepts. Exploring the theory underpinning practice enables practitioners to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others both personally and professionally. The main premise of The Reflective Journal is for professionals to stand back from practice and take time to consider who they are, what they do and why.' - Review by Hilary Schultess-Young, BASW Magazine, october 2014