The term "Reflective Practice" describes a way of working that involves keeping notes (or a journal) of what you do, your observations and ideas, anything that strikes you as odd or confusing, and so on. This then becomes a resource for you to go back to, to think about and ask questions about. Through this process you can identify your interests and issues to explore further either through reading and try out different strategies, or through talking to others and observing what they do. This way of working enables you to get some way to seeing yourself as other see you, which we believe is one of the most productive places to be for people who want to learn how to be an effective health care professional.
This way of working is developed through the Practitioner Development theme, but you will apply it for your learning in and from clinic, and to integrate learning from the various modules and aspects of your course. You will also find when you graduate that most of the practitioner organisations, such as the British Acupuncture Council, use this mode of reflective practice as the basis for their Continuing Professional Development requirements.
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