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Using the Critical Reflection Model in Youth Work Practice

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm IST


Are you looking for a safe, facilitated space to critically reflect on your work and to see what the learnings are? Are you interested in using reflective practice methods to support well-being at work and to support the exchange of good practice? Then NYCI’s National Youth Health Programme are delighted to offer to you training on ‘Using the Critical Reflection Model in Youth Work Practice’

 The aim of the programme is to create a space for youth workers and Managers, CEO’s etc, to reflect on their prior and current practice experiences. The programme aims to enhance participants’ capacity to engage in the critical reflective process and to enhance their capacity to co-create the conditions for learning from reflecting on practice. The focus of the programme will be on the reflective phase of the experiential learning/action planning cycle.

Please note, due to Government restrictions, this course will occur online on a facilitated platform. We hope in 2022, restrictions will ease, and the opportunity will allow for in-house facilitation


16 youth workers & 16 Team Leaders, Managers, CEO’s, Heads of Organisations


Free of charge


Each session will start at 10am and finish at 1pm. The sessions occur once a month.


Participants who complete any course on this programme will be able to:

  1. Better reflect on their practice at work.
  2. Participate in the co-creation of a group reflective practice space.
  3. Adopt a facilitative stance that enables groups to co-create the conditions for an effective reflective practice space.
  4. Write reflectively about their practice and their reflective learning processes.
  5. Draw up a personal plan as to how they will support themselves in their practice.

This programme will use the ‘Critical Reflection’ model (Fook & Gardner, 2007) to create a place for practitioners to reflect on practice. Participants will share in the creation of a space that facilitates a gentle and supportive exploration of the assumptions, values, beliefs and feelings that underpin participants’ ways of being active in their respective work settings. The ‘Critical Reflection’ model is informed by four key perspectives:

  1. There is a value in reflecting directly on experience (Reflective Practice)
  2. There is a value in being open to exploring how we ourselves influence the experience (Reflexivity)
  3. Allowing that there are many views on what’s true and some of these views are powerful and silence others. How the language we use is important and how we create difference (Post-modernism)
  4. We can disempower ourselves – important to create an opportunity to free ourselves from dominant ways of thinking and to make a connection between the individual and the wider social (Critical Social Theory)


We will create 2 online spaces. 

  • The first space will be for youth workers and those working with young people to a capacity of 16
  • The second space will be for Team Leaders, Managers, CEO’s, Heads of Organisations to a capacity of 16


  • National Youth Health Programme


  • 14th October 2021
  • 18th November 2021
  • 16th December 2021
  • 13th January 2022
  • 10th February 2022
  • 10th March 2022
  • 7th April 2022
  • 5th May 2022
  • 2nd June 2022
  • 7th July 2022
  • 8th September 2022
  • 6th October 2022


If you are interested in taking part in this training, please complete the application form below.

Please note, application forms must be completed by September 11th @5pm. Once all applications are received, the team within NYHP will shortlist and invite successful candidates to the next round of application which will include a short telephone interview.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact rachael@nyci.ie

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October 14
10:00 am - 1:00 pm IST


Online (Zoom)


National Youth Council of Ireland
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