Title

An International Experience for Social Work Students: Self-Reflection Through Poetry and Journal Writing Exercises

Publication Date

5-30-2008

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This descriptive article explores the uses of poetry and journaling exercises as means of helping students develop their self-reflective capacities within the context of international social work. First, self-reflection and its importance to social work practice and education is discussed. Second, the importance of self-reflection in international and cross-cultural work is highlighted. Third, the application of poetry and other journal writing exercises as a means of facilitating self-reflection is explored. Poems written in response to structured exercises by students who took part in an international experience in social work education in Leon, Nicaragua, are presented as examples. The exercises presented can be used by educators in various helping professions who seek to help their students expand their self-reflective skills and engage in cross-cultural and international practice.

Publication Title

Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Volume

28

Issue

1-2

First Page

71

Last Page

85

DOI

10.1080/08841230802178946

Version

pre-print, post-print

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