Reflective Journal

In this video, Ida senior audiologist, Melanie Gregory, describes the Reflective Journal and explains how it can be used.

The Reflective Journal will help you gain deeper insight into your clinical practice and to help you understand your own behavior.

By looking back at what occurred, you can find ways to improve in future. Spend five minutes on reflection after each client or as often as you can and use the form provided to document what happened. 

Reflecting on your practice can help you become more person-centered, reduce stress in your workday, and become more time efficient with clients.

What is Reflection?

To reflect means to think about one's own behavior in a critical way - to ponder and consider one's own actions with an objective lens. 

Reflection requires that you contemplate your behavior to gain insight into yourself. Therefore, reflection is a private and very personal activity. 

Reflection in Audiology

We have developed a reflection guide to help you get a deeper insight into your clinical practice. It can inspire you to start thinking and working in new ways by looking back at your current practice and improve in the fugure.

To modify your current practice, it is very important to have a good understanding of your current behavior. Reflection can be used after each appointment, after a particularly challenging appointment, or after a specific success with a client. 

History Behind the Tool

The Reflective Journal was developed in collaboration with Christine DePlacido, Senior Lecturer in the Audiology Department at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Christine presented the concept of a reflective journal at the Defining Hearing seminar series. The subject was enthusiastically received by the participants. The final tool represents the collaborative thinking of the 65 hearing care professionals who attended the three seminars.

Leading to Change

Here is what one of our Ida community members said about how reflection has changed her daily practice:

"A second improvement I've noticed is how efficiently I am able to use my time because of a revamped approach to client care. This empathetic approach has really served me well, and I don't feel as if I've lost anything by stepping slightly away from the audiogram.

It has truly been an eye-opening experience to observe just how much effect a few small changes can have on the clinician-client relationship."

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