Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice  - A Model of Supervision and Practice in Social Work developed by Stan Houston, Emeritus Professor, Queen's University Belfast.


From the beginning of a career in social work, the process of reflection remains a central tenet of ongoing learning and development.

Reflection allows for:

  • the recognition of individual strengths and areas for improvement;
  • helps social workers to develop skills in self-directed learning;
  • improves motivation and ultimately
  • enhances the quality, safety and effectiveness of the services which are provided.

Use of the Houston model of reflective practice provides a structure that supports continuous improvement and encourages evidence-based practice. Reflective practice is a core element of social work and the use of a standardised model of reflection strengthens professional identity.

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