Reflective analysis: Techniques for facilitating reflection


  • Jennifer Osmond,

  • Yvonne Darlington

Jennifer Osmond is Lecturer, School of Human Services and Centre for Work, Leisure and Community Research Logan Campus, Meadowbrook Griffith University, Australia.
Yvonne Darlington is Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.


This paper describes a number of techniques for facilitating reflective critical analysis as a means of eliciting in-depth reflections on practice. The authors have previously used similar techniques in the research context, to assist practitioners to identify and analyse the basis of their work with clients. The techniques presented in this paper have been adapted for use in social work education, including in class-based and field education contexts, and to professional supervision.