About Critical Companions

Critical Companionship, a definition…

Critical companionship is a helping relationship in which an experienced facilitator (often, but not necessarily, a colleague) accompanies another on an experiential learning journey, using methods of ‘high challenge’ and ‘high support’ in a trusting relationship. The overall purpose of critical companionship is to enable others to practise in ways that are person centred and evidence based. Critical companionship is effective in a variety of one-to-one or group learning contexts, such as practice development projects, organisational change, practitioner research, work-based learning, clinical supervision and action learning.

Titchen, A. (2003). Critical companionship: Part 1. Nursing Standard, 18/9, pp 33-44.



‘Critical Companions’  is a professional development blog created by Narelle Smith to facilitate critical discussion and reflective practice.

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