Community of Practice
Update – February 2016
Etienne Wenger describes communities of practice as “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. . . . Members of a community of practice are practitioners. They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice. This takes time and sustained interaction.”
At our 2012 conference, CPATH engaged participants in consultations on success for the organization. In the consultations, participants identified how valuable the CPATH conferences are, and participants also identified the need for ongoing means to connect with other professionals working in trans health, in order to break their own isolation, and to access peer consultation and mentorship, skills development opportunities, and referral networks. A suggestion arose from the membership to develop a Canada-wide community of practice for CPATH, to meet the above-stated needs. We have since validated this by talking with groups of trans health providers who meet regularly in a few regions that they see the benefit of a nation-wide community of practice.