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1 Contributions of Mindfulness-Based Practices for Critical Reflexivity By: Kirsten Ainsworth-Vincze

2 Agenda Overview of PRP Highlights from the Literature Review Methodology: Research Method & Paradigm Data Collection/Data Analysis Methods Findings: Themes Suggestions

3 Overview of PRP Critical reflexivity is becoming a central component of critical social work practice Poststructuralism offers a theoretical frame for understanding the ways in which power/knowledge, discourses and subjectivity intersect Engaging in critical reflexivity can catalyze a shift towards cultivating more ethical and just relations

4 Overview Critical reflexivity can work to: 1.Trouble normalizing and hegemonic discourses 2.Open up spaces for the emergence of subjugated narratives 3.Foster more equitable and ethical relations of power

5 Overview Engaging in critical reflexivity typically engenders difficult emotional experiences Social workers require tools and/or supports Research Question: How can mindfulness- based practices support social worker’s capacity to engage in critical reflexivity?

6 Highlights from the Literature Review Juxtaposed traditional forms of reflexivity to critical forms of reflexivity to highlight the ‘critical difference’ Opening up to uncertainty and including more can effectively mitigate harm in client-worker relations

7 Highlights from the Literature Review Discuss the effects of affects engendered through engaging in critical reflexivity Identify the need to support workers practicing critical reflexivity Propose and discuss the ways mindfulness- based/meditation practices may be able to offer vital support

8 Methodology The personal motivation to conduct this research study was multifold Overall approach: qualitative & exploratory Research Method: Phenomenology Research Paradigm: Constructivist Method of Data Analysis: “Identifying the regularity of theme” (Tesch, 1990).

9 Choosing a method & a paradigm: Identify your research goals/interests and then focus these From these research goals/interests I was then able to choose a method that was best suited to my overall aim: phenomenology I then chose a paradigm that would offer congruency and compatibility with the research method: constructivist paradigm

10 Data Collection & Data Analysis Recruited and interviewed four participants Used semi-structured interviews to facilitate and encourage descriptive stories Drew on Tesch’s (1990) approach to data analysis: “The discovery of the regularity of themes”

11 Findings 1.The transformative effects of awareness and curiosity in social work 2.Linking compassion, ethical social work practice and social justice 3.Connecting mindfulness-based practices to critical social work practice 4.Working with difficult emotions: Being able to stay with what is

12 Findings All participants spoke passionately about their experiences and their sense of the potential far-reaching implications of combining mindfulness-based practices with critical social work practices such as critical reflexivity.

13 Suggestions: Take the time to choose a topic that you feel passionate about and focus your study/question To reduce anxiety and stress: 1.Do not isolate yourself: use colleagues, staff, friends, family to talk about and synthesize your ideas 2.Try to be disciplined and organized with your time: use the first semester 3.Note: This is a special process but reminding yourself that this is not your magnum opus will mitigate getting stumped by perfectionism 4.YOU CAN DO THIS…Enjoy! Thank you for your attention and best wishes!

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