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I didn't find this book as useful as expected after such a promising title (there is ...
on 1 October 2015
I didn't find this book as useful as expected after such a promising title (there is not that much on the market regarding reflective practice) and positive reviews (the book was recommended to me by a colleague).
I found it difficult to trawl through the multiple references which break up the flow, and make the book look more like an academic paper than a book. I was hoping to exercise my reflective skills and develop them as a clinician, but rather found lots of dates and names which made each paragraph difficult to read, and there was no advice on how to apply principles to my practice. I was searching for some individualism, and personal reflections as an example of how I could become reflective, but rather found a systemic review of data.
So as a summary it would probably be good if I was an academic, and wanting a review of literature, or a student wanting to write an essay. But not useful for me as a clinician wanting to apply reflective principles to her practice. It was not practical at all, nor was it uplifting, nor did I find anything new within it.
"assessment is a complex moral and ethical act" (p174)
"supervision has been called a 'signature pedagogy'" supervision is formative (educative), restorative (supportive), and normative... (p58)
"explorative writing was recommended as early as 1823. This started Freud on a method to further his own understanding... to illustrate this he repeated a current story about a Sunday rider: where are you going? .. Ask the horse.... This required concentration likened by one student to a long refreshing swim... we had all disappeared from her consciousness (p118).
Sorry, but if you're a GP and just want simple language that is accessible to you, this book is not it.
I simply couldn't grasp it and I'm not a better clinician having read it.