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4.0 out of 5 stars Should be part of any professional's support system, 19 Feb 2001
Reflecting on what we do is supposed to lead to wisdom, and professionals in a number of different fields have been encouraged to do this for some years. The results for individuals have been mixed - it is easy to go over a difficult incident in your mind without actually finding any new ways forward. Gillie Bolton's book offers a better way. Written out of the experience of running workshops on reflective writing for a wide variety of professionals, the book offers techniques for turning professional experience into story or even poetry, and in the process coming to terms with the emotional demands of professional practice.
The image of Alice going through the looking glass runs through this book. Alice found herself in a world where every thing was as different as possible, and Gillie Bolton introduces the reader to ways to make the familiar strange, and in doing so, to see ways in which we can change it in future.
This book is readable, scholarly, and inspiring. It is a book both for professionals in training and for those who are experienced and needing ways in which to cope with the realities of their calling - the shortage of time and resources, the bureaucratic demands, the limits to what they can do for their students, clients or patients. The image of the exhausted GP at the end of a long day reaching into the bottom drawer of her desk is one which will resonate with many professionals thinking wearily that there has to be a better way. She takes out, not a bottle of pills, but a pad of paper and a pencil, and begins to write. If you work in the caring professions, or have friends who do, buy this book. It could save someone's sanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to use and facilitate reflective practice, 31 Jan 2002
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Reflective practice is one of the most powerful methods for professionals in any field to engage in self development. It is also a method of transforming the level of collaboration among colleagues. This is a practical in-depth guide. The examples show how useful these methods can be.
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