The Practice Diaries

Mandala

“A closely observed event, written about, reflected upon, discussed critically and re-explored through further writing stands … for the whole of the professional’s practice.”

– Gillie Bolton

The Practice Diaries is a personal development process that is informed by narrative ideas.  It is an individual or group collaboration whereby people reflect on their work and how it is unfolding. Reflective writing, creativity and personal narratives are used to make sense of life and work.  This in turn strengthens skills, knowledge and direction.

The process has relevance for individuals, teams, or people who work in similar fields, to deepen purpose, knowledge base and identity.  There is also a Practice Diaries Supervision Group that is specifically designed for psychologists; counselors; coaches and social workers.  It has been CPD accredited by the HPCSA.

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves….The world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting, over and over, announcing your place in the family of things.”

– excerpt from Wild Geese, Mary Oliver

Individuals:

The Practice Diaries offers a process of writing and reflection for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of self and work. It also has relevance for people who wish to embark on a new career trajectory or are transitioning into life beyond formal employment. This could be due to parenthood, retirement or illness. It is a structured process that runs over six sessions.

Groups:

This group supervision process uses learning journals to deepen professional reflection and growth.  The size of each group is kept small (approximately four people).  It is a structured process that runs over eight sessions.  2 CEUs at Level One are allocated per session.  One session is dedicated to ethics and accrues 2 ethics points (16 CEUs in total).

Organisations:

Journaling and reflection is a valuable means to deepen our connection with ourselves and others.  It has relevance for leadership development and team-building.  Each process is designed to meet the specific needs of the participants.  The overall intention is to strengthen individuals, work relationships and organisational values. The process can take the form of a workshop or regular meetings.

Workshops:

Workshops are held at intervals throughout the year.  They use journaling, creativity and conversation to connect with working life in an atmosphere of sharing, deep listening and experiential learning in a small group context.

 

“I was challenged to think and was deeply stimulated by the conversation, leaving with a feeling of having been enriched.” Organisational Psychologist and Corporate Coach

“The Practice Diaries has really helped me to cross a threshold into a more substantial sense of what my self and what my practice offers to the world.”  Social Worker recently self-employed

“The Practice Diaries sessions were very inspirational, thought-provoking and practical”  Organisational Psychologist with own consulting practice 

“The workshop was very professionally handled, thought-provoking, inspiring and transformational.” Human Resource Manager 

“I felt very held. This was a beautiful experience of gentle guidance and insight.  I really enjoyed the mixture of reading, writing, talking and listening.” Coach and Change Facilitator

“The Practice Diaries became something of a sanctuary for me.  A place to slow down and catch my breath, reflect, write and learn.” Educational Psychologist working in NGO

“… to think about and discuss my practice from a perspective that I do not usually have the opportunity to consider. I like how we focus on the detail and then zoom out to the bigger picture.” Clinical Psychologist