Developing a learning culture through reflective practice

Sandra StrathieWhich methods do you use to reflect on your professional practice? How do you know what’s working (and what could be improved) in your interactions with colleagues, students, or service users? Many workplaces, most recently Glasgow Psychological Services, have explored the VERP (Video Enhanced Reflective Practice) model. VERP facilitates reflective practice enhanced by the use of video clips of real life situations, focusing on interaction. These interactions might be in the context of assessments, or building relationships with service users. In this article, guest contributor Sandra Strathie introduces the VERP method. To learn more and pose questions about how this technique may be applied to your work, join us for a free dedicated webinar on Wed 26th February 2014.

What is Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP)?

Simply put, it is reflective practice that is enhanced by the use of video clips of real life practice situations. For example a manager films part of a meeting, a teacher films her interactions with pupils, an early years worker films a group activity. The focus is on the interaction in whatever context the person is in.

In some VERP courses such as ‘A Nurturing Approach to Developmental Assessment’ it supports the development of worker’s assessment skills. Courses can be tailored to the requirements of the organisation, for example, ‘The Art of Effective Communication’ was developed for residential workers working with young people, building on relationship-based practice.

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