Reflective practice for professionals is a service which offers groups of professionals the space to explore and deepen their understanding of their work - social workers, foster parents, support workers, trauma workers, probation officers, youth workers and many others can benefit from this service.
What is reflective practice?
Reflective practice offers the space and time to think about your work, case load, organizational issues and the impact of the work on yourself. This is often in the form of group work, where clearly guided sessions can offer valuable insight into your work and reflection around what may need to be done differently. This is a non-judgemental practice, and you will not be 'assessed' in your work.
Using creative methods, including drama role play and group images, I will help you to 'get underneath' professional issues, whether it's about complex client cases, or a team conflict issue. My understanding of group dynamics and organisational systems will guide you and your team to re-focus your thinking and help generate new knowledge and ideas.
Working with vicarious trauma
All kinds of professions can incur vicarious trauma as a result of working with people who have been traumatized. Trauma can be broken up into tiers:
First Level Trauma (we were in the twin towers)
Second Level Trauma (we lost a friend or relative)
Third Level Trauma (we were the rescue workers on site)
Fourth Level Trauma (community or organisation as a whole)
Also: those who are affected by watching the events on the news and those who could have been first level
Often, dealing with other people's trauma, eg at accident sites or in prisons, can lead to the professional absorbing some of their own trauma symptoms. Often professionals report the feeling of 'going mad' due to unresolved vicarious trauma. I offer a space, to groups and individuals to understand the neurobiological responses to trauma which can impact physiologically, emotionally, cognitively and behaviourally. I offer strategies to help work through the vicarious trauma and to build resilience through self care and ongoing professional development.
Creative, embodied, relational