These days part of my role involves supporting a team of people to work it with young people. This means I get to read delightful publications such as the Harvard Business Review - something I never imagined myself doing many years ago! However it seems I can't take off my "clinical psychologist hat" - while I'm reading these articles thoughts often come to mind about how the concepts apply to working with young people directly.
For instance, I've just been reading about what organisational psychologists call: "Post implementation reviews" which from my (albeit limited) understanding thus far seem to be the process of reviewing a project with a team after it is completed. From the length of the article I'm assuming there must be more to them than this (?) but apparently doing a PIR (yes - there is an acronym :)) after the completion of a project significantly improves the performance of the team in their next project, even if the projects are unrelated.
This has made me think about the "PIR's" we do as professionals with children and teens about their school year. As it draws to a close, I regularly spend time with the young people I work with asking them to reflect on what the year was like for them and what they'd like to do next year. I believe these conversations often help them - socially, emotionally and academically - in the following year.
If you are working with children/teens in a classroom setting, or in a counselling room, it might be worth putting some time aside to help them self-reflect on their year.
Here's how to do your own PIR (see, now it's part of your vocab too) with child/teens you work with.Read More