Reflective Journal: Write and maintain a reflective journal from week two to week eleven.
The journal needs to highlight your interaction with the module materials and highlight the progress made through the module. The journal also needs to cover concerns raised and how you have responded to them, using examples where possible.
You are encouraged to summarize and condense each weekly entry down to 200 words for submission.
In your journal please reflect on the learning outcomes below:
 Demonstration of assertive communication skills in the counselling context
 Ability to apply the value of listening in the counselling context
 Developing ideas on a counselling model of student’s choice
 Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate own use of the core counselling skills and ability to identify strategies for improvements.
In each entry you need to address the following:
Description – What happened?
Analysis – Why did it happen? What were you feeling? What theories might help explain what happened? Are there other perspectives that
challenge your views?
Outcomes or Actions – What did you learn? What would you do differently next time?
When reflecting on your learning (such as an educational theory you have learned about within a unit) you might address the following questions:
Description – What is the concept, idea or theory you are reflecting on?
Analysis – Are there aspects you found particularly interesting or challenging?
Does it tie in with anything you have learned in the past? Has it
changed the way you think, or affirmed something you already
Outcomes or Action – What else might you need to find out? Do you have any questions?
How might you incorporate or apply these ideas in the future,
perhaps in your professional life?
Whether reflecting on an experience, on your own learning, or both, you will need to make sure you include description, analysis and outcomes or action.
Your final version of journal should include:
 an introductory section (approximately 250 words) setting the context for your journal and what you hope to achieve
 an entry for each week from week 2 to week 11 (app. 200 words each)
 a summary section (approximately 250 words) outlining what you have learned from your journal and how you will apply that knowledge.
This journal is assessing for your capacity to reflect on, and integrate, the theory into your counselling practice. It is written in the first person and the literature can be used to support commentary.