What are we making: the Reflexive Self-Awareness Consultation Tool (RS-ACT)

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Support staff are required to make, often complex, moment to moment judgements in their support practices. Guidelines and general principles may not always be enough to support good decision making in particular
contexts. This paper presents the Reflexive Self-Awareness Consultation Tool (RS-ACT) designed for clinicians supporting staff to explore the situated actions they take; the stories they use to make sense of these actions; the evidence for these stories; the possibility of other stories and of conceptualising their work as consisting of the co-creation of new episodes, identities, relationships, organisations and cultures with those they support. Having an awareness of such communicative processes of social construction has been termed self reflexive awareness. The RS-ACT may be used in a variety of consultative, therapeutic and supervisory contexts where developing self reflexive abilities is important. The paper gives a detailed illustration of the tools use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
JournalClinical Psychology & People with Learning Disabilities
Issue number1&2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


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