April 2015 Blog Posts (24)

Alternative Education Map

Produced by the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, this is a public map that offers a counter-cartography to mainstream higher education. This counter-cartography is part of a militant/-research project that is attempting to link groups that are thinking critically about higher education provision and are attempting to offer alternative models. This is a living counter-cartography so please feel free to share, add to and amend as necessary; however, you will need to sign in to Google Maps…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 30, 2015 at 16:07 — No Comments

Enlivened Learning

What space is there in education, for wisdom, for Enlivened Learning – a holistic learning that can emerge with our heart, our heads, our hands and our connection to the environment?

Enlivened Learning is a journey of to discover and explore these very questions – and, to learn from and document the silent revolution that is happening in higher education around the world.  It is not just about how we access and fund universities (which current debates tend to focus on),…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2015 at 14:49 — No Comments

Mental Health Policy and Practice - third edition published

'This highly regarded text returns as part of Palgrave's Interagency Working in Health and Social Care series, to offer a clear and considered guide to modern mental health policy and practice. Completely up to date, it highlights key changes and developments for today's students and practitioners and explores the implications for future practice. 



Building on the success of previous editions this third edition provides: 



• An…
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Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

The Climate Psychology Alliance

The origins of the Climate Psychology Alliance lie in the conference “Facing Climate Change” on 7th March 2009, hosted by Bristol’s University of the West of England’s Centre for Psycho-Social Studies (CPSS).

CPSS mounted or contributed to four further events aimed at bringing psychoanalytic, psycho-social and other psychological perspectives to bear on the issue of human engagement with the twin challenges of climate change and ecological crisis.  Some interesting…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 10:27 — No Comments

Critical Mental Health Nurses Network

Last week, at at conference in Durham, the Critical Mental Health Nurses Network was launched.  See here for further details.

Network members are keen to start compiling some lists – books, articles, websites, authors, organisations. Educators, students and others with an interest in how mental health is taught have a useful contribution to make to this.  If you have any suggestions…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Psychiatry under the influence - new book by Robert Whitaker

Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

Publisher's blurb: Psychiatry Under the Influence investigates how the influence of pharmaceutical money and guild interests has corrupted the behavior of the American Psychiatric Association and academic psychiatry during the past 35 years. The book documents how the psychiatric establishment regularly misled the American public about what was known about the biology of mental…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 24, 2015 at 9:39 — No Comments

The Education of Radical Democracy: New book

The Education of Radical Democracy explores why radical democracy is so necessary, difficult, and possible and why it is important to understand it as an educative activity . The book draws on critical social theory and critical pedagogy to explain what enables and sustains work for radical democratization, and considers how we can begin such work in neoliberal societies today.

Exploring examples of projects from the nineteenth century to the present day, the book sheds light…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 23, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

BA in psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex

The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex is going to run a Bachelor’s degree in psychoanalytic studies from October 2016. This will be a unique and innovative offering and, in the spirit of the Centre, will pay equal attention to Jungian and psychoanalytic approaches.

Find out more.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 23, 2015 at 18:04 — No Comments

Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture

Learn how a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour gives us new ways to improve mental health and well-being.

This free online course is aimed at anyone who wishes to understand more about psychology, about mental health or who wishes to maintain their own mental health and well-being.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 23, 2015 at 17:19 — No Comments

Psychiatry and the Business of Madness

Publisher's blurb: 'Psychiatry and the Business of Madness deconstructs psychiatric discourse and practice, exposes the self-interest at the core of the psychiatric/psychopharmacological enterprise, and demonstrates that psychiatry is epistemologically and ethically irredeemable. Burstow's medical and historical research and in-depth interviews demonstrate that the paradigm is untenable, that psychiatry is pseudo-medicine, that the "treatments" do not "correct" disorders…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 23, 2015 at 17:17 — No Comments

Inclusive teaching, learning and assessment

Plymouth University resource.  This website is an accessible guide to inclusive learning and teaching to support staff with the continual process of reflection and engagement with what inclusivity means for their subject, school or faculty and their students. 

Visit the website

Added by Jill Anderson on April 23, 2015 at 0:34 — No Comments

Rhizomatic Learning: open course

'The first time I designed a course I got this funny feeling that I didn’t know what was going on. Like somewhere there was a manual to creating a learning experience that I had missed. Like the joke was on me somehow. Who was I to decide what was the ‘correct’ content that someone should ‘know’? How could I decide how to measure the quality of work of people I had never met before? Where was this ‘standard’ that I could honestly and confidently refer to that would make my courses make…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 19, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Massive Open Online Courses

massive open online course (MOOC) is an  online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.  See previous post for an example of a MOOC and here for a very useful video on success in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 19, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement

This book explores the challenges of applying disability theory and policy, including the social model of disability, to madness and distress. It brings together leading scholars and activists from Europe, North America, Australia and India, to explore the relationship between madness, distress and disability. Whether mental health problems should be viewed as disabilities is a pressing concern, especially since the inclusion of psychosocial disability in the UN Convention on the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 17, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

MA in Philosophy and Mental Health - External Examiner sought.

The School of Health at UCLAN is seeking to appoint one External Examiner for:

The MA in Philosophy and Mental Health and its subsidiary Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma. These are taught part time by distance learning and are based on the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry co-authored by one of the course team.

The programme is philosophically and conceptually based, looking at conceptual issues…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 16, 2015 at 18:26 — No Comments

Looking after a Mate - Student Minds survey

In this study Student Minds are trying to understand the student experience of supporting a friend or partner with mental health difficulties. This study will help them identify opportunities to support student "supporters" and champion the amazing work they do in providing informal support. 



There is currently no data on the student experience of supporting friends with mental health difficulties and this means that the challenges faced are not recognized or…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2015 at 18:49 — No Comments

The Maastricht Interview: Social approaches to voice hearing - a lived experience perspective

The traditional approach to working with voice hearers focusses upon inabilities and deficits, rather than individuals’ inherent ability to understand and cope with their voices and other experiences. This course is grounded on acceptance of lived experiences of voice hearing. Participants will be taught to employ the Maastricht Interview, an assessment tool developed by Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius Romme, which provides a structured method…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2015 at 22:53 — No Comments

The Body Keeps the Score: new book

The body keeps the score: mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma. 

What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. 



Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2015 at 21:13 — No Comments

Feeling Bodies: Embodying Psychology - new book by John Cromby

Before we are anything else, we are feeling bodies. In fact, feelings are an important part of every experience we ever have. Feelings are not just emotions, and in practice cannot be separated from the processes of thinking and reasoning they are often assumed to simply interfere with. This book explains what feelings are and describes how they contribute to other psychological phenomena. Although feelings are often thought of as wholly private and personal, this book demonstrates…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2015 at 17:43 — No Comments

The Sanctuary Model

The Sanctuary Model represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organisational culture. 

The objective of such a change is to more effectively provide a cohesive context within which healing from psychological and social traumatic experience can be addressed.

As an organizational culture intervention, it is designed to facilitate the development of structures,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 7, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

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Think Ahead Programme - Independent evaluation

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 1, 2019 at 7:52 0 Comments

The Think Ahead social work qualifying programme was launched in 2016, with the aim of providing a new, mental health focused route into the social work profession in partnership with employer organisations. 

An independent evaluation has just been published, based on the experience of the programme over its first two years. 

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Mad Studies group - Birmingham

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 0 Comments

Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer?

 All welcome! 

‘Mad Studies’ is a field of scholarship, theory, and activism about the lived experiences, history, cultures, and politics about people who may identify as 'Mad', mentally ill,…

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Engaging with Voices videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2019 at 20:30 0 Comments

These 15 videos were created by Elisabeth Svanholmer, Charlie Heriot-Maitland and Rufus May. Filming and editing by John Richardson and his team  

The Engaging with Voices videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate…

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RE:CREATE psychiatry

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2019 at 21:23 0 Comments

The UK mental healthcare system is deemed by many to be failing its users, and lauded by many more as one of the best in the world. As a community of people who have journeyed through mental ill-health and well-being, we at Mental Fight Club have contemplated standards of care both abysmal and outstanding. Now, we want to instigate new thinking stemming from our collective…

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Supporting student mental health in higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2019 at 8:18 0 Comments

Supporting Student Mental Health in Higher Education

by Samuel Stones and Jonathan Glazzard

April 2019  2144pp   ISBN 9781912508778   



Student mental health is a key consideration in higher education with recent reports identifying a major gap in provision by universities and how ill-equipped…

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My name is Rachel: Radio programme

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 21:32 0 Comments

Rachel Waddingham hears voices. The first time she heard them she was lying in a bed. “You’re so stupid”, “they are watching you”, “it would be much better if you just ended it all”. She was also convinced she was being watched, that she was at the centre of a conspiracy. She ended up dropping out of university and eventually was admitted to a psychiatric unit. “I began to hear the alien speak to me, and that alien told me that I was a murderer, that it could control me, that it was going to…

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Spaces of Mental Health: Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:32 0 Comments

This is an interdisciplinary session “Spaces of Mental Health” in the 8th European Conference on Mental Health October 2nd-4th in Belfast, UK.



Space has long been interest across disciplines such as history, geography, sociology, health studies,criminology, architecture and nursing studies. The meaning ascribed to space often varies between

disciplines. This session emphasizes the theme of the conference “breaking down the boundaries” by inviting participants from different…

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Mad in the UK - podcasts

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:30 0 Comments

A range of audiovisual resources which may be of use in teaching. 

See HERE.

BA in Social Enterprise and Creative Care: university of Hull

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:19 0 Comments

This course aims to educate a new generation of project pioneers to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability, ill health, poverty, trauma or social exclusion. It focuses on engaging and sustaining communities to improve wellbeing – while developing skills in leadership, social welfare, project management and solving practical problems. Learners will study key topics such as:

  • Enterprising welfare – skills in applying for funding, designing websites and…
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