Introducing tools of reflective learning into peer supervision groups in a social work agency


  • Maria Dempsey
  • Marian Murphy
  • Carmel Halton



social work, reflective learning tools, continuing professional development, peer supervision groups


This article describes an action research project carried out by the authors in conjunction with a group of Irish hospital based social workers. The aim of the research was to investigate the introduction of reflective learning tools into peer supervision groups. Twenty-one social workers engaged with the research process. Data was collected from nine focus groups over a twelve month period. Findings chart the development of practitioners’ understandings of reflection. Engagement with the tools of reflective learning in peer supervision groups led to increased awareness and mindfulness (as described by Langer [1989]) in practice. Some of the challenges of peer supervision group processes are also explicated leading to the identification of further research questions.


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How to Cite

Dempsey, M., Murphy, M., & Halton, C. (2012). Introducing tools of reflective learning into peer supervision groups in a social work agency. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 8(2), 25-43.