The Value of Reflective Practice – CPD Workshop
A new CPD event coming soon.
Reflective Practice is the foundation stone of professional development; it helps us makes meaning from experience and transforms insights into practical strategies for personal and professional growth and has a positive impact on our NLP and Coaching practice. Additionally, it involves integrating activities into daily life on a routine basis which raise awareness, prompt critical analysis and aid self-management and decision-making, i.e. – we walk our talk.
Practically, reflective practice means:
- Learning to pay attention – listening to ourselves
- Coming face to face with our assumptions
- Noticing patterns
- Changing what we see
- Changing the way we see
We often assume learning is a specific activity that involves reading books, attending courses, perhaps participating in action learning or working with a coach. However, we are learning all the time; from everything we do, every conversation we have, every strand of information that comes our way, and this includes our professional client work.
Reflective Practice is a way of recognising and articulating what we’re learning on a moment by moment basis.
Reflection deepens learning. The act of reflecting enables us to make sense of what we’ve learned, why we learned it, and how each increment of learning took place. Moreover, reflection is about linking one increment to the wider perspective of learning – heading towards seeing the bigger picture. Through reflection, learning is integrated, internalised and personalised.
Thinking about an experience is essentially a cognitive activity, but reflection is also emotional and physical and is linked with our values and social identity. Viewing issues from different perspectives challenges assumptions and established patterns of behaviour and encourage the development of new ways of seeing.
Transformational theories suggest that adult learning is principally a meaning-making activity; that acquiring job-specific skills and spending time on continuous professional development creates the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of self as a learner as well as acquire a body of knowledge. This is often referred to as double-loop learning.
This workshop will explore reflective Practice from the point of view of being a professional NLP Practitioner / Coach and look at both the benefits and methods of developing the habit of regular reflective practice.