The organizational context is generally named by practitioners as a major influence on and often a major challenge to their capacity to be critically reflective. Practitioners are generally employed in an organization of some kind, funded by government and/or other sources. Even those in private practice have some kind of organization they connect to, even if one person is the manager as well as the practitioner. When practitioners are asked to bring a specific experience to use in training, many bring an experience that relates to how the organization impacts on them and their practice. This might include the organization limiting their capacity to work in ways they see as more effective or creative, being in conflict with organizational values and processes or feeling uncomfortable about specific actions or attitudes of colleagues or managers. It is important to recognize that practice is partly or sometimes largely about how you manage the organization and its dynamic as much as how you carry out the specific professional tasks you are trained for. Frequently, being able to accomplish these professional tasks depends on your skills in negotiating organizational life.
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