Reflective Writing offers an opportunity to reflect on our work in an open non-judgemental way. It can provide much needed breathing space in which to explore how we work, the decisions we have made, the conflicts we have dealt with, thorny interpersonal issues that arise in teams. It can help identify the gaps in our learning and our need for further training.
Reflective writing can be done in a group with a facilitator or by an individual on their own, using a learning journal. In my work with groups of professionals working in health, social care and business contexts, I use many of the same techniques that I use in Writing for Wellbeing groups such as free writing, using objects, imagery and metaphor. It can be especially useful to take a closer look at what are very often painful and difficult work issues in the safe and anonymous structure of the metaphor.