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.

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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. 

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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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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…
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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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