Recovery Coaching is an incredibly rewarding profession. There are many complexities that come with the role, and it’s important that Recovery Coaches have access to the support they need.
At One Good* Day, we strive to foster growth and support for all our dedicated Psychosocial Recovery Coaches. A key strategy here is reflective practice, or supervision.
What is reflective practice?
Reflective practice, or supervision, is a discussion of your role and practice as a Recovery Coach. We like to think of reflective practice sessions as structured chats between colleagues, designed to facilitate non-judgemental reflection on the work we do. These chats can lead to open exploration of ethical issues and risks, ways to get more support and development of professional skills.
At One Good* Day, we love learning more about the work we’re so passionate about. Regular reflective practice provides us with a structured, safe environment to do this. It allows us to identify what we’ve done well, things we could do better next time, and to explore how events or emotions can be effectively processed.
So how can you implement reflective practice into your own Psychosocial Recovery Coaching?
Implementing reflective practice: A method to support your work
There is more than one method when it comes to engaging in reflective practice. However you implement reflective practice, it’s important to approach it with curiosity. Everyone has room for improvement, and supervision is simply a chance to explore ways in which our professional skills could develop further.
Here, we outline one reflective practice method that you could try:
|Key areas to explore
Questions to instigate discussion
|What were the events that took place? Who did what, when did they occur, where were you, and what were others doing if present?
|How did this make you feel? What were your thought processes and how did you evaluate or monitor things? What did you exercise judgement about, and where did you feel unsupported?
|What worked well? What could have been handled better? What would benefit from being explored further from this situation?
|Think about ways in which certain areas could change, or processes you could implement to maintain successful practices. Make a plan of action for yourself and for your client and brainstorm achievable ways to do this.
Using a template like the one above, try engaging in this process with your colleagues on a fortnightly or monthly basis. Regularity and structure will assist in developing a solid framework for safety and predictability, which are key to generating success.
It’s all about finding support
At One Good* Day, we understand that our Recovery Coaches require continual support just as much as our clients do. Recovery Coaches need to process events and emotions effectively in order to provide the best support for their NDIS participants.
Reflective practice done openly and without judgement is one of the best ways to get support in your profession. By understanding why and how we can improve, and knowing that these improvements are not due to bad* performance, we can encourage each other to keep developing critical skills in a safe environment.
Always approach your reflective practice with an open mind. It’s not an assessment or a probe into our personal traits. Take a step back, look at your work from a third-person perspective, and enjoy the learning process.
Interested in working as a Psychosocial Recovery Coach with OG*D?
You’ve come to the right place! If you have a passion for mental health and thrive in a support role for people with psychosocial disabilities, then One Good* Day may be the place for you.
Firstly, we recommend reading about what it’s like to work as an NDIS Recovery Coach. Get a glimpse into our world here.