Elizabeth A. Madison
B HLTH 497
Guided survey and discussion of current literature in health related to personal, social, economic, and political topics. May have field component.
Reflective Practice for Health Professionals This course is offered to students who are in professional practice, who regularly work with clients and wish to gain deeper knowledge of both internal and external forces that shape practice. Our aim is to create an emancipatory forum in which we can explore all (our own and others) attitudes and ideas related to the work that we do. We realize that our actions take place within a context, both internal and external, and that the ways we perceive our experience are influenced both consciously and unconsciously. The more we know about these processes, the better we are able to predict the success of our work and our satisfaction with it.
Student learning goals
Identify one of more useful frameworks for reflection that can become part of a sustainable reflective practice
Practice processing critical incidents with colleagues and seek support for professional development
Integrate personal and professional identities
Uncover personal taken-for-granted beliefs and assumptions to determine how these influence professional practice
Identify motivations, values and core beliefs that underpin your philosophy of professional care
General method of instruction
This will be a hybrid format, 5 in class meetings, and five online classes. WE WILL BE MEETING IN CLASS ON THESE DATES: 1/07, 1/14, 2/04, 2/25, 3/11. CLASS WILL BE ONLINE FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES: 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/18, 3/04.
The clarity to see things seen every day but never really seen and to hear things heard every day but never really heard before. The energy to pursue an idea wherever it leads. The vision to see beyond preconceptions and cultural conditioning and so enable departure from traditional bias. A love of reflection and contemplation. A trust of sensitivity and intuition. An enthusiasm for insights and meanings that requires detecting the assumptions that underlie assumptions. A fondness for strategizing. A commitment to search for that elusive thing called truth. A flexibility in generating and using options. To infuse the whole with the moral ideal of compassion and caring.
Class assignments and grading
We will write, read and interact weekly. Projects will emanate from students' own goals.
To be discussed in class.