February 2013 Blog Posts (37)

The writer's diet: in search of stylish academic writing.

The WritersDiet Test is a diagnostic tool that assesses whether your sentences are flabby or fit. Take the test and work on making your writing lean and comprehensible!  See also guide to zombie nouns, and Helen Sword's book Stylish…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 19:05 — No Comments

Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk: contributors wanted

Criminology staff at the University of Chester are currently compiling a 'Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk' and have some dictionary entries that have not yet been allocated an author.

They would be interested to hear from practitioners, academics and researchers if they are interested in contributing their expertise to this publication. Each entry is no more than 500 words in length and a list of available titles and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Nursing and the Approved Mental Health Professional Role.

Link to blog posting and journal article here.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 13:17 — No Comments

Normality in an Uncertain World: 6th Enquire Postgraduate Conference

10th and 11th September 2013

Call for Abstracts

This conference aims to bring together post-graduates and researchers, with an interest in normality, to explore the development, current application and possible future of such research.

We are pleased to confirm our keynote speakers:

  • Derek McGhee, Professor of Sociology, University of…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 13:14 — No Comments

Passion and Paranoia

In Passion and Paranoia, Charlotte Bloch sets out to explore the socio-emotional world of the university, primarily through interviews with Danish academics at various stages of their careers. Academia is rarely viewed through the prism of emotion and this book offers insights into facets of the everyday lives of scholars that, although familiar, are seldom openly discussed.…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 11:07 — No Comments

The para-academic handbook: call for contributions.

Content taken from Mark Carrigan's blog here.

There is a name for those under- and precariously employed, but actively working, academics in today’s society: the para-academic.

Para-academics mimic academic practices so they are liberated from the confines of the university. Our work, and our lives, reflect how the idea of a…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Wellbeing 2013 - Call for Papers

The Second International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being, presented by Birmingham City University, will take place on 24-25 July 2013.

Well-being 2011 drew a diverse audience from different disciplines, sectors and organisations ranging from the environment, social, health, arts and humanities, including architects, landscape architects, health and community workers, City Councils, NHS Trusts, community and housing organisations, research councils, and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:33 — No Comments

Tariffs for education and training - details announced.

The details for the implementation of tariffs for education and training have been announced. Moving to a tariff based system for education and training will enable a national approach to the funding of all clinical placements (both medical and non medical) and postgraduate medical programmes to support a level playing field between providers.

The Department of Health (DH) has been working with stakeholders since 2008 to develop the tariffs and this included a sample costing exercise…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Journal of Health and Social Care Education: Call for Papers

The HEA Journal of Health and Social Care Education has issued a call for papers.  The new editor is in the process of shifting the journal from its current position and scope by widening the international readership and submission, moving towards both a greater degree of focus in the kinds of submissions they are looking for, and a greater range. By the time of the publication of the Autumn issue this will be a fully peer-reviewed, online journal with articles grouped and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 21, 2013 at 13:10 — No Comments

Innovative learning for sexual, reproductive and mental health

Dear Readers
At the Centre for Women's Mental Health, Manchester University (where I am based), we are offering a FREE half day workshop for female mental health service users from the North West of England who …

Added by DINA POURSANIDOU on February 20, 2013 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Working with Schizophrenia: pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion

Even though most people diagnosed with schizophrenia are willing and able to work, this group encounters one of the lowest employment rates among all disadvantaged groups. Only 8% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are currently in employment.  This Work Foundation report examines the impact of 'schizophrenia' on an individual's ability to enter or remain in the labour market, outlining how such barriers can be addressed by policymakers, employers, healthcare professionals as well as…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

European Network of Mental Health Service Evaluation: Call for Papers

The 10th ENMESH International Conference will be held on October 3 – 5, 2013 in Verona (Italy).  The deadline for abstracts is 31 March.  The conference theme will be “Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services: Therapeutic, organisational and economic challenges”.

Mental health services throughout Europe are experiencing a period of profound change, driven by continuing challenges to public health and political…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 17:55 — No Comments

MA in social work and emotional wellbeing

A flexible and innovative part-time course - run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - that enables qualified social work professionals to pursue advanced professional development closely related to their own current practice, management or training experience. The programme emphasises learning from student’s own experience, as well as theorisation and research skills. Social workers with all service user groups and from all sectors attend this programme. Many students on this…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 14:47 — No Comments

Scottish Recovery Network and Higher Education join forces

Scottish Recovery Network and Edinburgh Napier University are pleased to announce a new joint venture.  


Allison Alexander, Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University will be joining the SRN staff team as an Honorary Educational Consultant. Allison will provide educational advice and expertise to current and future SRN projects and undertake work looking at how recovery is currently taught to mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 14:05 — No Comments

HEA student essay competition: Patient and Public Involvement in Higher Education

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), Health and Social Care Cluster (HSSC) encourages students to share their experiences of service user engagement and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in higher education in a number of ways via writing for publication, abstracts for posters at our conference, workshops and by becoming a member of a network for those with a special interest in PPI; the Lived Experience Network (LEN).

To encourage increased participation the cluster has launched…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 11:08 — 1 Comment

Lived Experience Network [LEN]

In December 2012, the Higher Education Academy [HEA] Health and Social Care Cluster launched a network relating to Patient and Public Involvement and Service User engagement. The first meeting of the network was attended by a range of people with an interest in this area including service users, academics, students and representatives from the third sector. The group decided on a name to reflect the diversity and purpose of the group: LEN – Lived Experience Network.

There are…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

mhhechat - 15 February

Twelve people contributed to the chat today.  Discussion ranged widely and included: networking for Approved Mental Health Professional  training programme leads; survivor/service user and carer involvement in clinical psychology training; evaluating survivor/service users' experience of involvement in education; encouraging third sector staff and service users to write about education and training; getting HE research in to practice; creating space in academic life for things that are…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 17:49 — 1 Comment

World Dignity University

This looks like an interesting initiative. . .

We are living in times when nothing short of global cooperation can successfully address the dire problems developing in the world today. Education provides the most promising path toward building “a global culture of cooperation,” a culture that advances the principles of mutual respect, equality in dignity, unity and diversity, and environmental stewardship, the progenitors of lasting peace.

We have come to believe that a…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments

Really pleasant day teaching

I'm doing some teaching at Bradford College for an access to HE course for hopeful health professionals. It's an intro module to mental health and this week, week 2, I introduced the main models and a case study about a young man hearing voices, being bullied at school etc. They seemed to pick up the social model of disability straight away and thought that if he wasn't bothered by the voices then he's fine, that the school ought to deal with the bullying and his family needed to rally round if… Continue

Added by Bill Penson on February 13, 2013 at 20:23 — 1 Comment

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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little control over decisions that affect their lives, Human Rights Watch said. While the Croatian government has made some progress in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living arrangements has been limited and slow. In a video released by Human Rights Watch,…


1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 0 Comments

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

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Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a…


International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 0 Comments

'The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, psychiatric drugs have been…


Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 0 Comments

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.…


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