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Encouraging self-reflection in social work students: Using Personal Construct methods

Burr, Vivien, Blyth, Eric, Sutcliffe, Jamie and King, Nigel (2016) Encouraging self-reflection in social work students: Using Personal Construct methods. British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102 (In Press)

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We report on a research study in which we introduced undergraduate social work students in England to two methods originating in Personal Construct Theory (PCT) as a way of encouraging in-depth self-reflection. The methods were first piloted with four students and subsequently used with two large classes of second year students. The students often found the methods challenging, but many felt that these enabled them to reflect upon social work practice and upon their own assumptions, values and behaviour in a fresh and thought-provoking way. We argue that such methods could usefully be added to existing methods for encouraging reflexivity in social work students. Teaching materials and instructions for delivering our teaching session using these methods are available online at

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2015 08:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 09:02


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