training, reflective practice, consultation, skills

Consultation

Consultation involves offering a space for a staff member (or team) think and review how they are working with an individual or family, in a way that is open, inquisitive and psychologically informed.   Consultation tends to be a one off meeting (but can be more) to help draw out and enhance the skills of a consultee. It can include discussions around ways of working with that individual and advising methods of practice. It can also involve problem solving with individuals or the team working with the client. In consultation, overall clinical responsibility remains with the case holder, any advice given is not compulsory.

Reflective Practice Groups

“We do not learn by doing….. We learn by doing and realising what came of what we did” (Dewey, 1933, p.367).

What is Reflective Practice?

Very simply, reflective practice groups provide an opportunity to bring staff together to reflect on their work.

Why do we need Reflective Practice Groups?

Reflective practice is advocated as a key component of practice within the current health and social care climate. It is a critical element of learning and assists practitioners to develop and make sense of experiences.

Reflective practice aims to help us reflect on our everyday working practices in order to:

  • Encourage a reflective culture to develop.
  • Promote professional/team development.
  • Help the team make sense of complex or ambiguous situations.
  • Help the team to think about how to work through issues when we feel stuck.
  • Provide an opportunity to share ideas/problem solve.
  • Improve care of our patients.
  • Help the team reflect on working relationships with both patients and colleagues.

Possible Topics for Reflection

Topics can be ‘brain-stormed’ at the start of each group session. Team members are responsible for bringing issues which may concern any aspect of clinical practice. Some ideas about areas upon which professionals tend to reflect include:

  • Reflections on functional aspects of work: Considering everyday practice events, examples include; handovers, record keeping, communication and care planning.
  • Reflection on direct clinical practice (working with patients): Considering how optimum delivery of care can be best achieved by providing the opportunity to discuss any dilemmas and how these may be resolved.
  • Self-reflection: Reflective practice can help to encourage practitioners to explore their personal beliefs, attributes, emotions and experiences of being a health care professional. Areas of discussion might include personal boundaries and the emotional impact of working with individuals with complex needs.

Training Sessions

We offer a range of training workshops on both mental and physical health conditions. These can include psychoeducation, what the psychological evidence base is for various conditions, assessing risk in clients and when and where to refer people on to. We also provide sessions on therapy techniques such as general counselling skills, questioning/interviewing styles and emotional coping skills to name but a few. 

Session length will vary according to what you want to include and can be held as one off sessions or a series. Content can be tailored to the needs of your team.