In 2010 a community of practice was set up for and by doctoral students engaged in person-centred and practitioner research. This community has become part of a larger international community of practice. The main aim of this Student International Community of Practice (SICoP) was to provide a forum for collaborative learning, networking and meaningful connection, while making a positive contribution to creating and sharing knowledge of person-centred and action-orientated research practices. Membership in the community of practice is experienced as beneficial, providing both support and challenge to enrich the doctoral students’ development as person-centred researchers.
"Fire is the passion at the hearth of the SICoP
Keeping true creativity alight
Diversity is honoured, inclusive interaction occurs
And warmth and acceptance burn bright"
- Poem titled 'SICoP and the Four Elements' by Brighide Lynch