Current Issues: Reflective Writing for Personal-Professional Balance Speech-language pathologists and audiologists face many stressors in serving clients' needs and fulfilling administrative/supervisory responsibilities. Coping with these stressors is even more difficult when work experiences intersect with personal concerns, memories, and beliefs. As stressors and reactions mount, we can become imbalanced with distracted thoughts, intrusive emotions, and confusion about ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2011
Current Issues: Reflective Writing for Personal-Professional Balance
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  • Judy Stone-Goldman
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Jill ParmenterColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Current Issues
Article   |   March 01, 2011
Current Issues: Reflective Writing for Personal-Professional Balance
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2011, Vol. 21, 23-29. doi:10.1044/aas21.1.23
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2011, Vol. 21, 23-29. doi:10.1044/aas21.1.23

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists face many stressors in serving clients' needs and fulfilling administrative/supervisory responsibilities. Coping with these stressors is even more difficult when work experiences intersect with personal concerns, memories, and beliefs. As stressors and reactions mount, we can become imbalanced with distracted thoughts, intrusive emotions, and confusion about the meaning of our discomfort. One approach for transitioning from imbalance to balance is reflective writing. In reflective writing, the individual expresses thoughts and feelings freely, followed by self-directed questions and continued writing. Ongoing reflective writing can lead to a renewed sense of emotional calm and mental clarity and a deeper understanding of oneself. This article describes a procedure for beginning the reflective writing process and encourages professionals to see personal-professional balance as an important aspect of professional effectiveness.

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