Reflective Journal

Will be about psychiatric patient care in outpatient setting.

Write a journal at least 1 page (800+ words) about one of your clinical experiences so far. You do not need to include references or citations.

Write, record

  • Describe the situation (the course, the context)
  • Who was involved with the situation?
  • What did they have to do with the situation?

Reflect, think about

  • What are your reactions?
  • What are your feelings?
  • What are the good and the bad aspects of the situation?
  • What you have learned?
  • What surprised you?
  • What is a challenge you faced?

Analyze, explain, gain insight

  • What was really going on?
  • What sense can you make of the situation?
  • Can you integrate theory into the experience/situation?
  • Can you demonstrate an improved awareness and self-development because of the situation?


  • What can be concluded in a general and specific sense from this situation/experience and the analyses you have undertaken?

Personal action plan

  • What are you going to do differently in this type of situation next time?
  • What steps are you going to take on the basis of what you have learned?