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Clinical reflection is such an important tool and method to bring together science based knowledge and link this to everyday practice. Through reflection a person is able to see and identify forms of thought and theory within the context of their work.
A therapist who reflects throughout their practice is not just looking back on past actions and events, but is taking a conscious look at their emotions, experiences, actions, and responses in the context of their work environment.
The therapist uses this information to add to their existing knowledge base and reach a higher level of understanding. This enables them to advance and develop professionally.
This refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The canine therapist undertakes a professional obligation to maintain a current and relevant CPD Portfolio and work within their Scope of Practice.
CPD is based on quality, accountability and effective practice. It's important to keep up to date with new knowledge, techniques and evidence and record the learning pathway by evaluating how they can apply this to their practice.
Wherever you are in your therapy career, developing and maintaining your own CPD Portfolio is an absolute must. There are many tools available to record your own learning pathway and enjoy planning your CPD ahead to meet your unique career needs.
There is always something new to learn.