American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting - February 7, 2015
By Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, Editor-In-Chief
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) discussed the development of JHR and the potential role of humanities in physical therapy education at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 7, 2015.
Blanton S, Carey J, Greenfield B, Jensen G, Kirsch N, Swisher L. “Humanities in Physical Therapy: Are We Ready?” American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Westin Indianapolis
Room: Capitol III
Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS
James Carey, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Bruce Greenfield, PT, MA(Bioethics), PHD, OCS
Gail Jensen, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Nancy Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD
Laura Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
The American Academy of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Board of Directors charged a task force to explore the possibility of a new journal focused on the humanities in physical therapy. The goal was to develop an educational and scholarly forum for PTs and others involved in rehabilitation and disability studies to disseminate scholarly papers as well as personal narratives, poems, and fiction that can shed light on dimensions of caring for and living with individuals with disabilities. This session will discuss these questions concerning humanities as not only an important source of knowledge to practice physical therapy but also a powerful tool for its critical and reflective function in the development and practice of a “doctoring professional.” The task force hopes to provide a forum to broaden the discussion to include the viewpoints of educators, clinicians, and scholars.
1. Describe the historical evolution and integration of humanities in medicine and health care to its current status in professional education and scholarly dissemination.
2. Discuss how humanities could serve as a “transformative power” across education, practice, and research.
3. Discuss challenges and barriers to humanities in professional physical therapy education.
4. Provide perspectives regarding the benefits and feasibility of a journal of physical therapy humanities, including defining the purpose of such a journal and a proposed vision statement.