Reflective Practice in Peds: Becoming Your Most Confident Practitioner-Self

Learn the framework for reflective practice, why it is important to the therapeutic professions, and practice problem-setting and reflection through real-life scenarios.  

One of the most powerful tools pediatric practitioners have available to them is reflection. It can go with you anywhere and be applied to any situation. Building habits and practice around reflection can amplify the positive effects of any formal training you have, and can help eliminate roadblocks to personal and professional development. In this course, instructor Andrew Klein teaches the foundations for reflective practice, why it is important to the therapeutic professions and provides opportunities to practice reflection through scenarios provided in the class.

Investment – $167.00


What You’ll Receive

A course workbook,  lifetime access to course materials, entirely self-paced and online, 3.5 AOTA-approved contact hours, plus access to a course “Community” where students can engage with the course instructor and one another (like a Facebook group, without Facebook).


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What you will learn.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the meaning of reflective practice.
  • Recognize core elements of reflective practice and supervision, based on current research.
  • Identify tools to be an effective reflective practitioner.
  • Identify barriers (personally experienced) to reflective practice.
  • Identify and discuss different forms of reflective practice.
  • Identify and describe a challenging scenario and list appropriate questions for “reflection-on-action.”
  • List ways to encourage and incorporate reflective practice into their workplace.

Module 1

Why Reflect?

Module One is your introduction to basic definitions and provides foundational knowledge that will carry you through the rest of the course.  You will learn about Technical Rationality and how it fosters feelings of imposter syndrome, what makes a reflective practitioner, and how reflective practice applies specifically to OT, ST, and PT.

The lessons in Module One include:

  • Terms Defined
  • Technical Rationality and Imposter Syndrome
  • Enter: The Reflective Practioner
  • Zoom In: Reflective Practice in OT
  • Zoom In: Reflective Practice in ST and PT (Bonus)

Module 2

Entering a Reflective Headspace

Module Two is your permission slip to set productivity aside, at least temporarily.  This module helps highlight when and how to exit productivity mode,  what a reflective headspace looks like, and how to get there (think: regulation and mindfulness)

The lessons in Module Two include:

  • Exiting “Productivity Mode” and Entering “Internal Reflection:”
  • Journeying Inwards

Module 3

Barriers and Boundaries

Module Three identifies a wide range of barriers to reflection; including time, bias, ineffective boundaries, overwhelm, burnout, and trauma.  The module finishes with reviewing how to set better boundaries.

The lessons in Module Three include:

  • Pressure, Time Constraints, Bias, and Ineffective Boundaries
  • Patterns of Thinking, Overwhelm, Burnout, Trauma, and Setting Better Boundaries

Module 4

Frameworks, Models, and Tools

In Module Four you will learn several models of reflection and learning, from simple to more complex.  You will gain an in-depth understanding of reflection IN and ON action, and when one type might be preferred over the other.  You will see sample lists of questions, broken into 4 main categories that can be used to help guide your reflective practice.  Lastly, you will learn about some frameworks that have reflective practice built into them as core components (one example being DIR/Floortime).

The lessons in Module Four include:

  • Models of Reflection and Learning
  • Reflection IN Action versus Reflection ON Action
  • Tools: Questions to Guide Reflection
  • Frameworks

Module 5

Practice, Practice, Practice

In Module Five you will be walked through a wide range of possible scenarios to explore.  Use questions from Module Four to practice reflection.  After each lesson, you will be asked to pause and used the workbook to help guide you through problem-setting and reflection.

The lessons in Module Five include:

  • Practice Introduction
  • Scenarios: Unanticipated Behaviors
  • Scenarios: Peer Conflicts
  • Scenarios: Interventions
  • Scenarios: Family Systems
  • Scenarios: Professional Conflicts
  • Bonus Lesson: Scenarios that Require Reframing

In this Module, there is also a Problem Setting and Reflection Activity to submit.

Module 6

Building Habits, Building Culture, and Next Steps

In Module Six the course wraps up with talking about building better habits along with the importance of psychological safety and how to work it into your workplace culture.

The lessons in Module Six include:

  • Building Habits
  • Building Culture with Psychological Safety
  • Closing Thoughts


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Dr. Cara Koscinski

Cara is an accomplished occupational therapist, writer, speaker, teacher and overall advocate for children with special needs.

Cara has been a therapist since 1997. She earned her post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy, master’s degree in occupational therapy, and bachelor’s degree in health sciences. Along with many other achievements, she earned status as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) by the International Board of Credentialing – a highly regarded achievement in the health field.

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