from Dina Brooks
What brought me to the CPN?
It is not my world but I am intrigued by it. Some of it doesn’t resonate and some of it does. I came to the CPN to explore that, to learn to think differently, to understand better, to stand in a different place and see PT in a different light.
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from Karen Atkinson
What brought me to the CPN. Doing a doctorate looking at disabled students’ experiences and practice educators’ experiences of supporting them – searching for a lifeline to connect with people who thought in similar ways to me in relation to physio and disability. Not like physios think generally about disability.
Started reading Dave’s blogs – just felt like coming home and it has only got better through establishment of the CPN and meeting so many like minded but different colleagues. I don’t have to explain my ideas in detail – people look at me and nod and explore with me. Sooooo good!!
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from Sarah Blanton
I am editor of the Journal of Humanities and Rehabilitation and was introduced to this work by Gail Jensen – on the Editorial Board of JHR. I am eager to use JHR as a platform to increase the awareness of the CPN and associated work as part of our mission to foster integration of humanities in PT. Would like to develop collaboration with individuals interested in contributing to JHR as authors, reviewers and consultants. Would like to encourage different ways of thinking and scholarship and publishing models.
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from Wenche Bjorbaekmo
As a questioning physio, always wondering why “we” do in therapy – I was drawn to critical phenomenology when I started my Masters study. It was like coming “home” in thinking. One day I got an email asking about creating the CPN. The mail was forwarded from my precious supervisor (Gunn Engelsrud). I immediately knew I wanted to join this process and journey (so far an exciting and wonderful journey challenging my thinking).
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from Nicky Wilson
The opportunity to connect with people who had a different narrative, perspective and way of being that was augmentative to the profession.
It was a network in which I felt at home and where the left of centre thoughts, ideas I had could be heard and discussed.
It’s a great community.
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from an anonymous member
I began to explore the CPN after being informed about it by Dr Stephanie Nixon through our connection in the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. The CPN seemed to be like an extension of, or complementary to, Dr Nixon’s work around decolonisation and I was interested in engaging in the CPN and learning more.
from Christina Groll
– in private practice the experience that the “conventional” physiotherapy treatment is not enough to improve self-determination/self-esteem of people with disability or to support them out of the patient-role/patient-identity
– recent years developing an innovative approach combining physiotherapy and sports education
– the idea to find similar perspectives in the CPN especially after seeing Jenny Setchell and Barbara Gibson’s presentations at WCPT Congress 2017 Critical Physiotherapy Focused Symposium (a recording of the symposium is available here)
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from Jenny Setchell
I felt like my political (small ‘p’) beliefs and ways of thinking were not able to have a platform or be developed in a physiotherapy context before. The CPN gave me a place for this. I could speak and others could respond.
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from Annette Probst
In front of the decision to book WCPT was to look at the programme to decide whether I should go or not and then I saw the CPN session and knew that I want to get to know the people there to find an “issue” home!!
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from Catherine Sykes
An aeroplane journey … A meeting … A conversation … A feeling of collegiality … Joining … Reading …
Feeling my thinking challenged/expanded.
Feeling amongst interesting people who respect difference and are open.
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from Line Blixt
I have, for almost my entire PT career, sensed that there are things I am not able to verbalise/put in words regarding the complexities I experience as a clinician. In the CPN I learn about theories that enable me to formulate and gain a better understanding of my role as a therapist.
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from Shaun Cleaver
For me, the CPN is a special shared boundary. Prior to beginning my PhD I was a little disdainful of critical approaches – they seemed impractical, navel-gazing and combative. Over time I have developed an appreciation of their value and centralized a critical approach into my work. Despite this, I feel angst to communicate this back to my active, practical, purposeful colleagues, who I expect to be hostile to critical approaches like I once was. The CPN offers an opportunity to engage with others to combine these worlds. Thank you.
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from an anonymous member
What brought me to the CPN? Curiosity, critical thinking, questioning how things are done, change and debate in the profession, international network, collaboration, inspiration as to new ideas and theories….
from Siri Moe
I have used phenomenology and theories from sociology in my research, and as a not-mainstream PT (even in a Norwegian context) I want to get contacts/collaborate and get challenged by PTs thinking/writing that extend my own understanding.
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from Ricky Bell
– my journey here was identifying a relationship to the language and thought processes used and relayed on the CPN blog
– as a profession we need to front foot changes that are ahead. We need to acknowledge our history but we can’t stay there – or be stuck in the past.
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from Hazel Horobin
To meet like minded people. Through my work and my research new ways of thinking opened up and I had the sense that there was no on that wanted to hear about my understandings. Criticality caused ‘rifts’ in my working relationships that could not (yet) be mended. CPN offered a place to explore ideas further and know I wasn’t alone in my thoughts – it gave me a space where even if I wasn’t agreed with, I had the opportunity, the permission, the right, to speak.
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from Sue Adstrum
What brought me to the CPN?
– hope that there may be a future where physiotherapy thought resumes growing; where the profession is ready to progress beyond the constraints of unquestioned received knowledge; where it is ready to shed the shackles of ‘reductionist science’ !!!
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from Michael Rowe
I was in a position in my career where I was tired of fighting to defend the idea that the might be another way. Or many other ways. Finding the CPN meant that I had a community where ideas could develop and grow, rather than just be defended. I was on the verge of looking outside the profession (i.e. leaving physio) when I found a welcoming, warm and open community for whom challenging conversation was not something to be resisted, but was rather a “normal”/natural way of being.
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