8 Countries attended this online version of the IASK Meeting of Associations.
The main needs of associations and their members over the last year was around switching to training / working / marketing online. We were able to find out a little more about how different countries were approaching this.
We discussed the concern about the word kinesiology, largely due to the fact that Canadians are no longer allowed to call themselves kinesiologists. However, in some other other countries, Kinesiology is defined and recognised with a legal definition or has significant community respect or understanding. Due to the varied international context, we realised and decided that each country would have to navigate this complexity themselves.
There was also a discussion on the boundaries and acceptability of online training, and the way different countries were allowing or encouraging this. We referred people back to IASK’s document “Guidelines for Online Learning” that was created in 2018 as we realised that it was a growing need for organisations. It is not a set of rules but may help to give direction to organisations as they consider what will work for them as the use of online training grows internationally.
There was also a discussion on business skills. The associations want to give value to therir members by helping them with improving their business skills. They recognise that it takes more than being a great therapist to be able to have a sustainable kinesiology business. Desirée Blomberg, general secretary of the Swedish Association, Kroppsterapeuterna, gave input on the program they have developed for the members. It is just in the phase of being launched, so Desiree will come back with parts of the plan so other associations can take inspiration from it.
The associations were keen to experiment with one extra meeting / year i.e. meeting once every 6 months.