Self-Practice / Self-Reflection Tasks, Blog and Reflective Summary

Trainees will have the opportunity to engage weekly, or fortnightly, throughout the course in pre-set self-practice CBT tasks designed to prepare for or deepen learning in the concurrent taught components of the course.  Trainees will be required to complete a minimum of 10 self-practice / self-reflection tasks and to write about their experience on an electronic blog on ELE which will be open to view for the current cohort and core course staff.  These blogs may follow a similar format (and conform to the same 200-500 word count) to the CTS-R reflections described above but it is expected that the learning community will develop its own style. 

The purpose of the blog is to encourage a community of learning in which reflective practice may be developed through the observation of and interaction with the work of others and formative feedback from experienced clinicians.  Trainees will NOT be asked to post personal information on the blog but rather to reflect on the experience and insights gained that are applicable to their future CBT practice with clients.  Copies of a minimum of 10 self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR) blogs will be submitted with a reflective summary of learning for summative assessment (see guidelines and criteria for SP/SR summary below).

The self-practice/self-reflection reflective summary of learning (500 words) may follow a similar format as individual blogs and the CTS-R reflections but may cover a number of themes that have emerged from the overall experience of engaging in the self-practice/self-reflection tasks and blogs.

Bennett-Levy, J., Turner, F., Beaty, T., Smith, M., Paterson, B., & Farmer, S. (2001). The value of self-practice of cognitive therapy techniques and self-reflection in the training of cognitive therapists. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29, pp. 203-220.


Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Reflective Summary Guidelines:

The purpose of the SP/SR reflective summary is to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Reflect on your experience of CBT SP/SR
  • Critically analyse and make sense of that experience (informed by CBT theory and literature where appropriate)
  • Extract useful learning and plan for change

You will be assessed on the following dimensions:

Introduction of topic of reflection
  • Clear identification of themes/issues relevant to SP/SR tasks.
  • Description of reflective process used (e.g. may have involved the use of a model such as Kolb’s learning cycle, discussion with supervisor or peers, use of blog, use of own thought records, conceptualisations etc.)
Experience and observation
  • Description of the relevant concrete experience within SP/SR e.g. observations of therapist's automatic thoughts, emotions and behaviours in relation to process (rather than content) of self-practice.
Critical Analysis
  • Analysis of experience and observations of completing the SP/SR tasks and beyond taking an objective and critical stance and presentation of alternative interpretations in order to help make sense of experiences.
  • Analysis would usefully be informed by therapist formulation.
Understanding and use of theory
  • Use of existing knowledge of CBT and/or relevant CBT literature/research to help understand and critically analyse experiences of SP/SR
  • Demonstration of understanding of theory and integration of theory to practice
Summary and implications for future practice
  • Summary of learning extracted from SP/SR
  • Description of concrete and specific plans for active experimentation, further learning and clinical practice (including awareness of own assumptions etc.)
Structure & style:
  • Clear structure with a logical flow
  • May use existing models of reflection such as Kolb’s learning cycle to structure
Spelling / Grammar / Typos
  • You will be marked down for errors.
  • Where reference to theory is made, references should conform to APA guidelines.

Word count:500