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Understanding the impact of eating disorders: using the reflecting team as a learning strategy for students

Stringfellow, Alicia, Evans, Nicola and Evans, Anne-Marie 2018. Understanding the impact of eating disorders: using the reflecting team as a learning strategy for students. British Journal of Nursing 27 (3) 10.12968/bjon.2018.27.3.117

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss how the application of a reflecting team from systemic family therapy practice was used as a learning strategy for a post graduate program for healthcare students. The program was designed to increase the students’ skills, knowledge and awareness of the needs of people with eating disorders, and their families. There were some benefits to this learning strategy. Students reported that the use of a reflecting team enabled them to gain a deep understanding of the emotional impact of eating disorders on individuals and their carers. However, as this method of learning was new to the students, they needed some initial instruction on the approach. During the program of study, it became evident that the healthcare professionals were deeply affected by the experiences of people with eating disorders. This would suggest that possibly it was the presence of the sufferers themselves as part of the reflecting team that provided the pivotal learning opportunity rather than the reflecting team per se.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 15 January 2018
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 19:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108871

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