Stay informed with the latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out more >>
CCCH art

Reflective practice

  • Online course

    The Reflective Practice workshop provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their interactions with others and the effect of interactions with all people who influence children’s learning and development.

    Date: 13, 20 & 27 October 2020

    Time: 2.00pm – 3.15pm

    Delivery: Online via Zoom (3 x 1 hour 15 minute modules over 3 consecutive weeks)

    Cost: $188 incl GST

    Registration: Click here to register

    A reflective practitioner seeks opportunities for changing and improving practice. However, the concept of reflective practice is largely misunderstood and over simplified in practice. Whilst reflective practices are interested in examining a given situation and discovering alternative practice approaches, a critical part of the process (which is often overlooked) must be consideration of the values, principles and theories which help inform our everyday practice.

    This three part series of one hour workshops provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their interactions with others and the effect of interactions with all people who influence children’s learning and development.

    Workshop participants will explore the principles and theoretical underpinnings of reflective practice and be able to identify the characteristics of effective reflection on practice.

    The workshop enables professionals to practice skills and strategies involved in the facilitation of reflective practices with colleagues and parents.

    About the facilitators

    Donna Anderson

    Donna has an extensive background in early childhood and holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and a Diploma of Business (Community Services and Health Management). Her diverse experiences working as a practitioner, in management roles, and teaching of Child Studies has equipped Donna with a unique understanding of child, family and professional needs within early childhood.

    Donna facilitates multiple training programs such as Let’s Read, Group Facilitation, Having difficult conversations, Reflective Practice with CCCH. She has been practicing as a Family Partnership Training facilitator since 2005 and is an accredited Family Partnership Model trainer and supervisor.

    Deb Sestak

    Deb Sestak is an experienced facilitator with a keen interest in community partnerships. Her training portfolio at the CCCH includes The Family Partnership Model (FPM), Family-Centred Practice, Reflective Practice, Platforms, Improvement Approach and Linking Schools and Early Years. With the training and development team, Deb delivers customised training and consultancy for a diverse range of community partnerships and organisations.

    Experience and achievements

    Since 2013 Deb has facilitated learning and development workshops for CCCH in the FPM foundation and facilitation courses and workshops that sit under the umbrella of the FPM: Facilitating a process for genuine engagement, Engaging families, Difficult Conversations and Group facilitation.

    Nathalie Martinek

    Nathalie Martinek is a project officer working on facilitation and training in the Centre for Community Child Health Training and Development team since 2015.

    Originally from Montreal, Canada, Nathalie completed her undergraduate and her PhD in developmental biology at the University of Toronto. After moving to Melbourne with her husband, in 2005, she spent several years as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Peter Mac before moving into projects with a public health and community focus at CCCH.  This shift in focus lead her to develop programs and aids that support medical and allied health professionals in their own lifelong learning and behavioural health alongside her work at CCCH in group facilitation and partnership-centred practice.

    Nathalie is interested in the power of partnerships as agents of cultural and practice change in healthcare settings that promote the fulfillment and wellbeing of all health professionals and the communities they serve.

    Martin O’Byrne

    Martin commenced with the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) as part of the Tasmanian team in 2010, leading an action research project and participating in the Learning and Development Strategy as part of the development of the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres initiative.

    Martin has extensive experience in early childhood education having trained and worked as an early childhood teacher. He has also worked in community development roles in Victoria and Tasmania. Martin now facilitates training for early years practitioners across Australia through the Training and Development team within CCCH and is interested in practice change and how partnerships can assist better outcomes.

    Face-to-face course 

    Workshop participants will explore the principles and theoretical underpinnings of reflective practice and be able to identify the characteristics of effective reflection on practice. 

    The half-day workshop enables professionals to practice skills and strategies involved in the facilitation of reflective practices with colleagues and parents.

    In this program you will:

    • understand the guiding principles and theoretical underpinnings of reflective practice
    • be able to articulate the outcomes of effective reflection on practice 

    Target audience

    This workshop is suitable for early years educators, maternal & child health nurses (MCHN), allied health practitioners, early intervention practitioners, family support workers, Foundation-Year 2 educators and/or leadership, community members and others who might be involved in a place-based approach for improving outcomes for children and families.

    Cost: $203

    Duration: 1/2 day workshop

    Dates: 

    Time: 

    Due to the current situation face to face calendar workshops are postponed until 2021.  This course is available online.

    Get in touch for more information or to book or modify a workshop.

    Contact us

 

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.