Reflexivity and self-care for creative facilitators: stepping outside the circle

Amanda Moffatt, Mary Ryan*, Georgina Barton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Those who work with others to explore new and creative ways of thinking about community and organizational participation, ways of engaging with others, individual well-being and creative solutions to problems, have a significant role in a cohesive society. Creative forms of learning can stimulate reflexive practices of self-care and lead to enhanced relationships and practices both personally and professionally. We argue that those who facilitate such practices for others do not always practice their own self-care, which potentially leads to burnout and disillusionment. This research sought to explore understandings and practices of self-care with such facilitators in order to develop resources or techniques to support more sustainable professional identities. A key finding is that reflexive processes are most effective and transforming when shared as a social practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalStudies in Continuing Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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