International Practice Development Journal


Title of ArticleCritical reflection: the struggle of a practice developer
Type of ArticleCritical Reflection on Practice Development
Author/sRebekkah Middleton
ReferenceVolume 7, Issue 1, Article 4
Date of PublicationMay 2017
Keywordscritical companionship, critical creativity, engagement, practice development, reflection, reflective models


Context: Critical reflection is espoused as aligning with person-centred approaches and with being an effective person-centred facilitator. Knowing ‘self’ represents a key prerequisite of being an effective person-centred facilitator. This attribute is essential for personal growth and for helping create the conditions that enable others to grow.

Aims: This article seeks to explore why critical reflection is difficult for some, sharing personal stories of a practice developer’s experiences of wrestling with reflective models and learning to critically reflect in a meaningful way.

Questions for practice:

  • How can practice developers earnestly engage in reflection?
  • Is it necessary to be bound by historical models of reflection?
  • How does critical companionship foster and encourage engagement in critical reflection?

This article by Rebekkah Middleton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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