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Reflective Practice and Professional Learning Space
June 4th & 11th 10-12noon, 2021
Facilitator: Dr Nicola O’Sullivan on behalf of Ag Eisteacht
In March 2020 COVID 19 began to have a dramatic impact on the way in which social care workers carried out their daily work. This new and different approach to work has continued to shape how relationships are built and how care is undertaken across Ireland. It has been in some ways a rapid, unexpected change and transition for social care workers. While it seems that we have gotten used to working in these new ways, the ongoing nature of the ways in which we connect and practice is for some very challenging. This is not related to their skill or capacity but rather the very complex contexts in which they are working, and against a backdrop of ongoing anxiety at societal level.
Finding a suitable reflective space to think about our work is recognised as critical to maintaining focused, thoughtful practice. Many of us have spaces in which to think and make sense of our work. For example, individual and group supervision, peer support, and other more informal spaces.
Dr Nicola O’Sullivan is Associate Lecturer with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is an independent consultant, supervisor and group facilitator to organisations including Ag Eisteacht and Túsla. Nicola has worked with children and families in community and residential settings in Ireland for twenty years. Nicola completed a Professional Doctorate in Social Care and Emotional Wellbeing at the Tavistock and Portman Trust NHS, London. Nicola’s interests include the subject of anxiety and complexity in frontline human service work, reflective practice and psycho-social research.