Welcome to The Reflective Practitioner
For more than 30 years, I have been speaking about and teaching the principles and methods of reflective practice. I know this approach helps practitioners become more effective, responsive and resilient. I have witnessed “ah ha” moments as practitioners engage in self-reflection that results in insights that lead them to improve the quality of their work.
This website brings together resource materials on reflective practice including articles, podcasts, videos and bibliographies.
I offer these resources to encourage practitioners to become familiar with and use reflective practice principles and methods. These are time-tested and well-recognized means for learning through experience. Through reflective practice, we increase our skills and knowledge and as a result we improve the quality of our professional practice.
For the past three decades that has been my goal—for myself and for our profession.
The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin
I have been a practicing mediator since the late 70’s. I created graduate programs in conflict resolution, trained mediators and wrote articles and several books including two about reflective practice for conflict resolution practitioners. Click here for my bio.
For much of that time, I have studied, written about and incorporated reflective practice into my professional work as a mediator, trainer and educator. I created this website as a place for collecting and sharing information about reflective practice.
I believe that becoming a reflective practitioner is an ongoing journey requiring us to try and try again, always learning from our experiences.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett
Both success and failure present opportunities for learning. To learn means to be bold, curious and fearless. By trying, even risking mistakes, we explore what is unfamiliar and as a result we gain insights that lead to greater competency.