An exercise of critial reflection in informal helping
Critical reflection, as described by Fook and Gardner (2012), is a process of examining the foundation of an individual’s beliefs and expectations with the intention to gain insight in the meaning of their behaviour and, in turn, formulate new plans and ideas in how one can react differently to similar situations in the future. Writer clearly demonstrates an important subject concept by offering up a definition. Notice that the definition has been paraphrased, this means the original definition has been communicated through the writer’s own words. Notice that the idea is still referenced according to APA style, however the page number should only be added if it is a direct quote. Additionally, This is an academic word for reporting and connecting ideas. Additionally, is used specifically to introduce additional ideas.
reflection-on-action, the name given to the act of reflecting on actions of past experiences (Fitzgerald, as cited in Rolfe et al., 2001), plays a significant part in being able to critically reflect effectively; the successful dissection of the emotions, thoughts and beliefs of an individual’s past action can lead to the development of new knowledge and new understandings of how we make sense of ourselves and the world (Rolfe, Freshwater, & Jasper, 2001). As Rolfe et al. mentions, “…When we reflect on a situation, we don’t merely see more, we see differently” (2001, p.23). The year always comes after the author’s name, so it should be: As Rolfe et al. (2001) mentions, “…When we reflect on a situation, we don’t merely see more, we see differently” (p.23). Notice the page number appears at the end of the quote.
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an an understanding of one's self isThe writer draws on an important aspect of the task requirement. Refer to the subject outline task description. This task requires you to demonstrate your understanding of the nature and use of critical reflection and ‘self’ in professional helping.
critical in the process of helping (Fusco, 2012), be it of a professional or informal nature.
The experience was initially shocking; I was not expecting that particular cause for her despair, rather I had gone in expecting she failed a piece of assessment or something of the like. Once the shock passed, I experience a great deal of empathy towards her as the situation was very similar to that of the death of my father only a few months before. There was also an element of anger and frustration felt; not at the woman, but the situation
On the whole, I found the situation both rewarding and heartbreaking. I enjoyed being able to assist—albeit in a small way—a matter that I have personally experienced. I felt that I was able to provide support to this woman at time where she felt directionless and alone; with no clear path on how to cope with the sudden turn of events. On the other hand, it was a harsh reminder for the loss I experience months before; in that moment, I remembered my pain, fear, grief, and lack of understanding as to why the person I cared for had to leave me in such a way.
Having examined the experience thoroughly, I now understand the processes that influenced my decision to help the way I did. Should a similar circumstance take place my behaviour would be different. Whilst I am pleased in the actions I took, in the future I would ensure that I maintain better control over my emotions; not only for my own mental wellbeing but also for the one I help, as my own emotions may feed to the other and make the situation worse.
ReferencesSome good information sources have been used in this essay. The author is clearly trying hard with his/her APA references and in-text citations – still some work to do to get them right.
This is an excellent paper with a very good demonstration of your understanding of CR and its role in the helping process. You have developed significant insights here and shown an ability to link these to relevant and appropriate literature. There is little else that I can say in the way of critical comment, apart from the small issues mentioned in comments above.
Overall, impressive work, well done.
Grade: High Distinction