Journal Article

Self-reflection in Reflective Practice: A Note of Caution

Kam-shing Yip

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 36, issue 5, pages 777-788
Published in print July 2006 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Self-reflection in Reflective Practice: A Note of Caution

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In reflective practice, social work students are encouraged to undergo self-reflection. It is a process of self-analysis, self-evaluation, self-dialogue and self-observation. Under appropriate conditions, social workers’ self-reflection can be very constructive, resulting in self-enhancement. However, under inappropriate conditions, social workers’ self-reflection in reflective practice can be destructive and create problems for their professional and self-development.

Keywords: Reflective social work practice; self-reflection; social work education

Journal Article.  5305 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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