Integrating Reflective Practice into Family Life Education Practices
Professionals who work with families are often focused on the programmatic outcomes, participant experiences, and day-to-day challenges of their work, leaving little time to reflect on personal feelings and thoughts about providing services. Amid these pressures, family professionals are likely absorbing stresses and concerns from the families they work alongside, which might trigger their own past or present trauma. This results in social service professionals not having an opportunity for healthy reflection and processing.
This webinar will explore the importance of metacognition and reflective processes for family professionals. Creating space for and learning strategies to process can positively benefit professional growth and personal health. Reflective practitioners can also bring awareness and model the importance of thoughtful processing for clients and community members, making reflection an emerging aspect of a Family Life Educator’s professional identity and an important skill to provide to families.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Use reflective activities in Family Life Education practices,
- Apply metacognitive skills while being a Family Life Educator, and
- Implement metacognition and reflective practices to address personal stressors
Approved for 1.0 hour of CFLE continuing education credit.
The views expressed in this webinar may not represent the views of the entire organization.
About the Presenter
Angie Walston, M.S., CFLE, is the coordinator of the online bachelor’s program in human development and family studies at Maryville University. She has over a decade of experience working with children and families in a variety of contexts from the non-profit sector to the university setting. Her passions are training parents and students in reflective practice, child development, proactive parenting strategies and healthy family patterns, as well as facilitating a deeper compassion and insight toward families and the challenges they face in our increasingly complex world.
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