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Facilitated reflective practice groups enhance mental health for practitioners

 | Reflective practice is a form of learning in which people use their own experiences and the learning contained within them, to grow and develop. This style of learning is often undervalued in comparison to traditional formal, knowledge-based learning.  Greater use of reflective practice may assist veterinarians to address the common sources of occupational stress, whilst allowing for the on-going development of the key capabilities that allow them to create a satisfying and successful career.  Evidence supporting the value of facilitated reflective practice groups in both improving the coping skills, satisfaction and well-being of medical professionals and reducing their stress and burnout, is growing. Facilitated groups create a time and a safe, supportive space for practitioners to openly share their challenges and successes with their peers. The use of such groups has been reported in the veterinary literature. Research into the use, benefits and challenges of facilitated reflective practice groups in veterinarians is recommended.

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