Anchoring social care and social work practice in structured reflection: introducing a model of group reflective practice

O'Sullivan, Nicola, Patterson, Declan and Kennedy, Andrew (2022) Anchoring social care and social work practice in structured reflection: introducing a model of group reflective practice. Journal of Social Work Practice, 36 (2). pp. 179-193. ISSN 0265-0533

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Abstract

This paper explores the provision of a psychoanalytically informed reflective practice space to a multi-disciplinary social care and social work team in Ireland. The reflective model is closely aligned to the Tavistock’s Work Discussion Group (WDG). The authors explore the selection and preparation of a case and case presentation by one of the authors. This paper examines this process, what it looks and feels like, showing with supporting theory, how refined engagement with case material offers an opportunity for deep thought and reflection. The paper draws on Bion’s concept of ‘attacks on linking’ referring to a phenomenon that occurs when intolerable experiences sever the capacity to think. Facilitated group reflection offered emotional containment to the worker and supported a deeper understanding of his complex connection with and understanding of one foster family. This experiential paper is written in support of the potential for reflective practice spaces.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 31 May 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reflective practice, Fostering, Work discussion, Learning from experience
Subjects: Schools of Psychology > Bion, Wilfred
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Special Units
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2689

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