Acknowledging the Elephant in the Room: Reflexivity and Social Work

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Social workers are encouraged to embed reflection in their practice to ensure that service users receive a skilled, knowledgeable and ethical form of service delivery. However, the related cognitive skill, termed reflexivity, is less understood and practiced by the profession. This article explores the nature of this skill and then sets out a psychosocial model for implementing it across a range of areas and scenarios. The model encourages social workers to consider how their particular psycho-social characteristics and social positions impact on encounters with service users. By considering these areas critically, social workers can enhance antioppressive interventions with marginalised and dispossessed groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-13
JournalIrish Social Worker
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


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