Moments, meaning and metaphor : self-reflections of a psychic life coach & social practitioner
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Citation:Goodliffe, R. (2018). Moments, Meaning and Metaphor: Self-Reflections of a Psychic Life Coach & Social Practitioner. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Practice, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4376
RESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1. How does reflective-practice journaling inform my practice? 2. How can reflective analysis before, during and after psychic life coaching consultations enhance a coach’s practice? This self-reflective study explores my own practice as a psychic life coach. The overarching research approach was reflective practice and insights were gained through reflective journaling. A template of questions was designed to trigger reflection and observation, to gain an understanding of the processes and actions of a psychic life coach’s practice. The data generated from the questions provided material for analysis from the perspective of before, during and after sessions with clients. The subsequent analysis of data led to discussion, review, and recommendations for further professional development. The observations gained in this process were for me, engaging, at times surprising, and deeply revealing. This study has enabled me to appreciate the value of reflective practice as a methodological approach. I have undertaken an enquiry which has realized rich benefits for my profession and opened the way for other practitioners to engage this approach to apply it to their own practice. I achieved an understanding that reflective practice is a revealing and very worthwhile method of professional development which extends beyond that of crisis intervention or as a tool for staff management. It facilitates an enriching and valuable approach to professional growth which has afforded me a greater understanding of practice, identified areas of potential change and growth and charged me afresh with inspirational momentum.