Critical incident reflection: a co-created tool to analyse, reflect on and advance social work

Nina Skjefstad, Ilse Julkunen, Lars Uggerhøj

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Abstract

Critical incident reflection is a set of procedures for promoting, thinking about, reflecting upon and learning about oneself or other individuals, organisations and/or processes based on direct observations of human behaviour. Critical incident reflection consists of reflections based on analysis of the surprises, discomforts and worries in practice, as well as a critical re-examination, with the aim of developing new knowledge, skills and values. Critical incident reflection was developed over a period of time and is based on such processes as theoretical analysis, meetings between researchers, practitioners and students, and two pilots and a lab. All parts of the processes originate from a Nordic network, Knowledge Production in Social Work, which has been running for almost 20 years. In this article, experiences from these developments are elaborated. It is asked how the critical incident reflection tool can be developed through co-creation, and how it can be used as an innovative approach to analyse, develop and advance social work. The main conclusion is that critical incident reflection is an evolving method that can be applied to advance social work practice, as well as a teaching method for developing student skills.

Keywords: critical incident reflection; critical reflection; social work; social work practice; social work students
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Social Work Research
Vol/bind1
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)216-231
Antal sider15
ISSN2755-1768
DOI
StatusUdgivet - maj 2023

Emneord

  • Critical incident reflection; critical reflection; social work; social work practice; social work students

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