Category Archives: reflective practice

North Country Bus

Rosie the 1946 Leyland Tiger visited Carleton Clinic recently for Dementia Awareness Week and inspired my next couple of writing groups. This lovely north country bus parked up outside the Ruskin Unit at Carleton Clinic as part of a Dementia … Continue reading

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Inspiration

This has been an inspiring week for me in respect of my therapeutic writing groups. Which has got me thinking about the relationship between the therapeutic benefit of my groups (for patients), and inspiration (theirs and mine). Does it happen … Continue reading

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Relaxing in Bath

It’s been a busy few months for me but I am at last recharging my batteriesĀ on holiday in the very lovely Bath. The photo is from my last holiday – London in July – which seems a very long time … Continue reading

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A Sense of Story, or Why Teach Reflective Writing?

If you are interested in writing for reflective practice in medicine and healthcare you may wish to read this article written by Dr Rita Charon and Ms Nellie Hermann: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3247912/ The article is a commentary on: Wald HS, Borkan JM, … Continue reading

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Evaluating my ward writing groups: designing a new form

A little later than planned, I have devised a new form for evaluating my ward writing groups. Click here to see it. The biggest change is the addition of some more possible benefits from writing, which I gleaned from patients’ … Continue reading

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Evaluating my writing groups

This is a long post so I have included headings to allow you to navigate it more easily: Introduction Why evaluate? What forms have I used? Findings Conclusions References Introduction I lead three regular therapeutic writing group sessions for inpatients … Continue reading

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Branching out

In January and February I attended a 3-day “Read to Lead” training course delivered by The Reader Organisation and aimed at giving attendees the skills to facilitate group sessions that connect group members with literature and, through literature, with each … Continue reading

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Reflection on yesterday’s writing session in the PICU

I had a lovely session in the psychiatric intensive care (PICU) unit yesterday. I spent 90 minutes (30 minutes more than the session should last) with one of the two patients I worked with last week. I’ll call her Jane. … Continue reading

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Reflection on writing group, 9th January 2013

Yesterday I re-started my writing groups, after a break for Christmas and New Year, with a writing session in Psychiatric Intensive Care. Two people came to join me, separately, one for about 45 minutes and the other for perhaps 30 … Continue reading

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Writing Together: Therapeutic Writing in Mental Health – 3

Continued… Rapport and group dynamics I believe the success of small group therapeutic creative writing sessions is greatly influenced by how comfortable and supported participants feel in the group, and on the development of confidence to share writing, thoughts and … Continue reading

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