Visual reflections

Visual reflections

Visual reflections are one way of representing and structuring a reflection you’re making about an event. Rather than writing out a page of text, use text within pictures and symbols to convey emotion and meaning clearly. Drawing it out like a mind map or with symbols can make it easier to notice and connect themes together, as well as being quicker to both do and interpret. It can also make going through the different stages more clear and force you to not omit any difficult stages.

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Protected: Conducting a literature review: example search strategy (search method & appraisal methodology)

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Creating a research proposal: Triangulation, WTF

Creating a research proposal: Triangulation, WTF

Yes WTF is triangulation. Sounds mathematical and more suited to an airline pilot than an occupational therapist.

In one sense it’s using points in a triangle shape to pinpoint a location more precisely, but the sense we’re concerned about here is the social science sense. Really simply it’s using two or more sources of data to make the results more valid.

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Beware triangulating otters

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Protected: Reflection on Canine Partners service user

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Protected: Conducting a literature review: example discussion of the themes identified (incl appraisal of the article quality)

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Reflections on policies & trends influencing Mental Health

Reflections on policies & trends influencing Mental Health

Reflections of influences on mental health placements: these were in Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) and secure inpatient units.

Negative influences

  • Politics  removal of benefits
    • reduction in PIP* for one lady with severe anxiety reduced her support  and reduced access to the community as a result, she felt her MH was worsening
    • What? middle aged man with EUPD & psychosis felt it was unfair the cuts to disabled benefits, when he was assessed for his PIP he felt because he could ‘function’ in the interview and speak coherently he was marked up in his ability whereas he felt he could not manage day to day. He said this reflected people often dismissing mental health because it cannot be seen and he looks ‘normal’.
    • So what? He felt very angry about this and sometimes this was directed at any healthcare staff even those not responsible for benefits, such as when groups were cancelled due to staff shortages.
    • Now what? Reflected at the time that it must be difficult to find an outlet for your frustration and anyone working for public sector could be a symbol of the government, remember to not take anger at service constraints personally.

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Creating a research proposal: deciding on the sample

Creating a research proposal: deciding on the sample

The sample is the people you will experiment on in your research to obtain results. In an ideal world the study should examine an unbiased representative mini-chunk of the actual population, so that the results can easily be extrapolated and applied to the real world. To get your sample as close to the real world as possible, you must consider:

  • sample size
  • who should be in your sample?
  • the ethics of all this experimenting on the poor sample people
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