These resources are used by the facilitators in reflective writing workshops. Some of these are specific for reflective writing in e-portfolios which are increasingly used by many health professionals . 

What is reflective writing?

A useful basic tool from the web. 

A Gestalt Exercise to help you get started. 

Developed by Ali Hassas inspired by an article by John Launer. 

Modified reflective writing exercise

 

(Adapted from John Launer’s self reflection written exercise)

 

•       You will need 1 sheet of A4 paper and a pen.

•       Approx time needed 10-15mins depending on size of group.

 

Think of a recent situation which you found difficult or challenging. You won’t be sharing this with anyone else so it can be a personalor professional encounter.

It may be an interaction with one other person or a team. Try to choose one which left you with difficult emotions and one which you may not have fully processed yet, orstill brings up emotions.

 

Once you have chosen a recent event, sit comfortably in your chair with your arms resting on your legs.

 

 

[Round 1: approx 1-2 minutes with eyes closed in the ‘self’ position]

 

Close your eyes and take a full breath in & out.

Take yourself back to that difficult encounter and put your self back to where you were.

What is happening? Who else is there?

Hear the sounds & voices. What are you hearing? What are you seeing?

Remember how you are. 

What are you doing?

What are you saying?

What are you feeling?

 

When you are ready open your eyes.

 

Write down 3 sentences that come to mind about that. Don’t judge it. Just write 3 sentences about what you think, feel or want.

 

 

[Round 2 close eyes for approx 1-2mins, from the position of the other person]

 

When ready sit in a comfortable position again and close your eyes. Take a full breath in & out.

 

Go back to the same situation but this time put your self physically in the place of the other person or someone in the group.

Sit or stand in their shoes and imagine you are now them, looking back at yourself.

What are you seeing?

What are you hearing?

What do you notice as you sit or stand there looking at yourself?

What are you thinking when you see yourself acting that way?

What are you feeling?

What do you want to say?

 

When you are ready open your eyes.

 

Write down another 3 sentences that come to mind from this new position. Don’t judge it. Just write 3 sentences about what you think or feel or want.

Now fold the top of the paper so the 3 sentences are covered and you have space to write below.

 

 

[Round 3approx 1-2mins from 3rd/neutral position looking back at both parties]

 

Repeat as above but this time imagine you are standing by the door way looking at yourself and the other person or group OR imagine you are floating/hovering above the both of you from a distance.

Not involved in what’s going on but able to observe. Emotionally detached.

 

What do you see going on?

What do you hear?

What do you notice about the interaction from this distance?

Who else is around? What are they thinking or feeling?

What are you now aware of from this new distant position?

What new ideas come up?

What would you want to say?

 

When you are ready open your eyes.

 

Write down another 3 sentences that come to mind from this new position. Don’t judge it. Just write 3 sentences about what you think or feel or want.

 

When ready, unfold the paper. Take a moment and re-read the whole thing from the start to finish.

 

Debrief:

What do you notice about doing that exercise?

What helped?

What new insights do you have?

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Ali Hassas, April 17

 

 

For a look at the original article follow the link below

What's the point of reflective writing? John Launer

  

Articles written by our members

Using the learning log to encourage reflective practice; Lisa Miller, Sarah Divall and Anna Maloney . Educ Prim Care. 

 

Reflective practice for appraisal and revalidation in general practice; towards new learning and improved patient safety ?  Lisa Miller . Educ Prim Care 2014 March 25(2) 119-21