Teaching Self Reflective Practice: The Canberra Model

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


There are several industry sectors that have implemented self-reflection into their professional skills development and Counselling and Psychotherapy can be included in this. What is fundamental about considering a model for teaching such a practice is to keep in mind not only the practitioner but those who benefit most from the practice; the clients. Identifying not only the professional benefits but recognising how these increase counsellor efficacy is an integral aspect of communicating the importance of the skill to counsellors in training.

When University of Canberra first contemplated migrating the Masters of Counselling to a fully online program, this prompted a discussion around how to improve specific instruction around self-reflective practice. As a teaching team, we began to observe that encouraging students to reflect was not resulting in either the cause-and-effect process nor the deeper insight of personal growth
we were hoping to see. Thus, we designed the Canberra Model of Self-Reflective Practice and began to teach the skill with and from this model.

This is a fairly new intervention for us as a teaching team, but the initial feedback from instructors as well as students is positive and so we are hoping to gather more firm data to share in the coming academic year. In this presentation, I will introduce the specifics of the model as well as some of its

benefits. In addition, some recent research around the importance of explicit instruction for self-reflection will be considered.

Period29 Apr 2023
Held atVirtual Asia Pacific Mental Health Symposium 2023
Degree of RecognitionInternational