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Guided Reflection: A Narrative Approach to Advancing Professional Practice Second edition

THIS SECOND edition builds on the first and gives a rich account of Johns’s evolving views from the reflective turn in his first edition to the narrative turn proposed here. The subheadings within each chapter guide the reader but each chapter should be read in its entirety to appreciate fully the unfolding narratives. The book will appeal to practitioners and researchers involved in reflexive narrative research because the style adopted illustrates how theoretical perspectives can be woven in with the narratives.

The first four chapters provide a rich account of Johns’s thoughts and experiences. The influence of hermeneutics on his work emerges strongly in the description of his six dialogical movements where he describes a deepening understanding ‘within the hermeneutic spiral of being and becoming’. The final chapter succinctly outlines the value of the narrative and celebrates its potential to reveal the ‘full landscape’ of practice.

This text will appeal to, and simultaneously promote, practitioners’ creativity. Practitioner, Yvonne Latchford’s account of ‘finding a new way in health visiting’ tells how she felt empowered to change her practice revealed through the narrative of her therapeutic relationship with Helen.

Johns also offers tips on starting to write a narrative and maintaining momentum. He offers a 17-step guide to deconstructing experiences in a way that will result in ‘understanding and insights to influence experiences towards self-realisation’. But there is no quick fix in this

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The first four chapters provide a rich account of Johns’s thoughts and experiences. The influence of hermeneutics on his work emerges strongly in the description of his six dialogical movements where he describes a deepening understanding ‘within the hermeneutic spiral of being and becoming’. The final chapter succinctly outlines the value of the narrative and celebrates its potential to reveal the ‘full landscape’ of practice.

This text will appeal to, and simultaneously promote, practitioners’ creativity. Practitioner, Yvonne Latchford’s account of ‘finding a new way in health visiting’ tells how she felt empowered to change her practice revealed through the narrative of her therapeutic relationship with Helen.

Johns also offers tips on starting to write a narrative and maintaining momentum. He offers a 17-step guide to deconstructing experiences in a way that will result in ‘understanding and insights to influence experiences towards self-realisation’. But there is no quick fix in this text. The central theme is that engaging in guided reflection is a process of becoming, as opposed to sequential steps heading to a definite ending.

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