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The Critically Reflective Practitioner
Thompson, Sue and Neil Thompson
Palgrave Macmillan / Softcover / 2018-04-01 / 1352002159
Social Work
price: $46.95 (may be subject to change)
175 pages
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This important textbook is a revised and updated edition of a very well-received and much-appreciated insightful guide to reflective practice designed for students, practitioners and managers of social work, health care and related fields. Its clear and careful integration of both the 'thinking and doing' elements of the often challenging task of practising reflectively makes this book an ideal text at all levels of study and practice. Divided into two parts, the book focuses first on theoretical issues to help develop a sound foundation of understanding of critically reflective practice and then on practical guidance on how to make this type of practice a reality.

Written by two highly respected authors with a strong track record in explaining complex ideas clearly and accessibly without oversimplifying them, this textbook is accompanied by Palgrave’s It’s All About People website, developed to showcase the work of Neil Thompson and Sue Thompson.


About the authors
Part 1: Understanding Reflective Practice
1 What is Reflective Practice?
The legacy of Schön
Integrating theory and practice
Theorizing practice
Critically reflective practice
2 Dimensions of Reflection
The cognitive dimension: the power of thought
The affective dimension: reflecting on feelings
The values dimension: reflecting on values
3 Contexts for Reflection
Personal reflective space
Dyadic reflective space
Group reflective space
Part 2 Making Reflective Practice a Reality
4 Using Strategies and Techniques
Tools for promoting reflection
5 Recording and Assessing Reflection
Why write reflective accounts?
When to write reflective accounts
Expectations of reflective accounts
Assessing reflective accounts
6 Barriers to Reflective Practice
Time constraints
Waning commitment
Organizational culture
A lack of appropriate skills
Anxiety, fear or low confidence
Misunderstanding the nature of reflective practice
7 Conclusion: Rising to the Challenge
Thinking critically
Being self-aware
Capitalizing on learning
Supporting others
Being professional
Making practice work
Guide to Further Learning

About the Authors:

Sue Thompson and Neil Thompson both have extensive experience in the helping professions as practitioners, educators and advisers. They are currently involved in developing innovative online learning resources as part of their commitment to developing critically reflective practice ( They offer a free newsletter at

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