Haikus: Using poetry to develop critical reflection in social work practice

Dr Orlanda Harvey and Dr Louise Oliver are facilitating a Social Work England Sector-Led Event for Social Work Week on Tuesday, 21st March 2023 from 10:00 – 12:00hrs.  We have been working with students to develop their critically reflective practice by poetry in the form of haikus. We have had very positive feedback from students (qualifying and post-qualifying) and that the process of composing the poem led to a deeper level of critical reflection on their chosen scenario/subject. We have also been using this technique as a form of peer supervision, as we also run a support group for women who experience Domestic Abuse. We would like to share this activity with fellow social work practitioners and educators to support the development of critical reflection on practice. The activity supports people to distil the learning from an experience and aid their critical reflection on practice. Our research and experience has shown us that using this method has proved quite straightforward.

To sign up for the event, please click on the link below:


More details about the Social Work England Sector-Led Events for Social Work Week can be found at: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/social-work-week/social-work-week-2023-headline-programme/sector-led-sessions/

We hope to see you there.

Dr Orlanda Harvey and Dr Louise Oliver

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