After 12 months of planning and preparation, the first ever Critical Physiotherapy Course comes to life in February. Run once a month over six months, the course highlights some of the most interesting new ideas in physiotherapy and features some of the CPNs most innovative thinkers. Programme 21 Feb Dave Nicholls - The architecture of movement 21 March Anna Rajala - What's "critical" about critical physiotherapy? Max Horkheimer and the idea of Critical Theory 18 April Gail Teachman - The End of Inclusion? Thinking beyond 'inclusion' with Bourdieu 23 May Patty Thille - What does it mean to care? Thinking with Annemarie Mol 20 June Tobba Sudmann - How to understand … [Read more...] about Announcing the 2019 Critical Physiotherapy Course
A huge thank you to Hazel Horobin for her talk on Symbolic meanings in physiotherapy yesterday. As with Tobba Sudmann's session a month earlier, we were treated to another expert but also very accessible reading of an unexplored area of physiotherapy thinking and practice. Here you'll find the PowerPoint slides, the full audio recording of the meeting, and a text file of the chat feed. PowerPoint slides | Audio recording | Chat feed The dress rehearsals are now over and the courses have run without hiccups, so we're all set to begin the full course in February. Here is the provisional programme with more details to follow in the coming weeks. A big thank you again to Tobba and … [Read more...] about Files from 2nd Critical Physiotherapy Course Dress Rehearsal
Our esteemed Roger Kerry (@RogerKerry1) asked a great question on Twitter last week. Is a detailed knowledge of anatomy (e.g. muscle structure/innervation; bone form; neural plexi structure; lung structure; etc) necessary to be a good clinician? (Here's a link to the full Twitter conversation). Interestingly, peoples' responses broadly polarised into two binary positions with roughly two-thirds of respondents arguing a qualified "yes", that anatomy was essential, with a third arguing "no". The posted comments also make for interesting reading. But it felt to me that one of the things missing from the debate was a discussion of what anatomy does for physiotherapy, beyond giving us a … [Read more...] about Anatomy and physiotherapy
In preparation for the first ever Critical Physiotherapy Course, starting early in 2019, we will be running two introductory sessions for people keen to see if the course is for them. The first event will be on Wednesday 17th October 18:00 (6pm) UTC/GMT, and features Tobba Sudmann from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences presenting critical reflections on walking and riding in a talk titled 'Being moved: on foot or from horseback'. A month later, on Wednesday 21st November at 18:00 (6pm) UTC/GMT, Hazel Horobin will explore 'Symbolic meanings in physiotherapy practice'. The idea of these two sessions is to test out the technology, establish some best practices for … [Read more...] about The first ever Critical Physiotherapy Course goes live
There have been a few occasions over the last few months when people within the Critical Physiotherapy Network have been asked to do more for physiotherapy. The first time happened after our CPN Salon in Cape Town last year. Our esteemed colleague Professor Dina Brooks began the discussion by asking the CPN to do more to help mainstream physiotherapists make complex theories and philosophies more accessible. In her Reflections of a quantitative researcher on the CPN Salon, posted in July last year, Dina argued that the CPN risked functioning like a 'club' that excluded those who didn't subscribe to its principles. One of Dina's arguments at the time was that the CPN should build … [Read more...] about What should critical physiotherapy do for you?
One thing you can definitely say about the CPN is that we like a project. We try to keep a lot of things consistent (blogging, meetings, social media, etc), but also run large projects in the background (collaborative articles, presentations and books). And having just published Manipulating practices, it's time to think what's next. We've been talking for some time about developing an on-line international course in critical thinking, but until this week it was only the germ of an idea. Yesterday I hosted a video conference with some members from the CPN, to talk about what a course might look like. Here were our preliminary thoughts: There are probably three audiences for a … [Read more...] about What’s next – A critical physiotherapy course perhaps?