October 2012 Blog Posts (30)

Social Learning Centre

The Social Learning Centre is a global online professional community for learning professionals (in both education and the workplace) to support their ongoing professional development by learning from their peers as well as leading industry practitioners and thought leaders from around the world.


Added by Jill Anderson on October 31, 2012 at 17:13 — No Comments

Effective Supervision in Social Work and Social Care

This SCIE research briefing provides an overview of the evidence concerning the value of supervision in supporting the practice of social care and social work. It is relevant to both children’s and adult social care services and includes a consideration of supervision in integrated, multi-professional teams. While the focus is on social work and social care, some of the research reviewed includes participants from other professions such as…

Added by Jill Anderson on October 31, 2012 at 16:13 — No Comments

Palgrave Pivot - an innovative new format for scholarly research

Liberating scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional formats and business models, Palgrave Pivot offers authors the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph. Palgrave Pivot emphasizes speed of delivery as well as innovation. Titles are published within 12 weeks of acceptance with a complete peer-review process.…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2012 at 15:09 — No Comments

Society for Emotional Well-being Worldwide

The Society for Emotional Well-being Worldwide has launched a new website.  This is an online community for global mental health professionals and will provide networking capacity through blogs and forums, as well as up-to-date scientific literature, conference and work opportunities for providers and advocates for global mental health.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2012 at 13:53 — No Comments

Health and Social Care Education - first issue

This is the journal for the Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care cluster of disciplines.  The first issue, with a focus on student engagement, is out now.  
See: …

Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2012 at 11:17 — No Comments

Afflictions: culture and mental illness in Indonesia

Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia

“Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia” is a documentary film series that examines the lives of people with severe mental helath problems living on the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java.  “Afflictions” is based on more than a decade of clinical ethnographic research conducted by documentary filmmaker and anthropologist Dr. Robert Lemelson.

There are six films in the series: "Memory of My Face,” “The…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2012 at 10:39 — No Comments

A Marked Improvement: transforming assessment in higher education

A Marked Improvement has been developed by a group of experts, working with the HEA to provide a strong rationale for transforming assessment in higher education. It includes an assessment review tool, offering a practical method to take stock of current practice and look to a targeted approach to strategic change. The publication also includes further resources for staff, which can be used to support changes to assessment policy and practice. …


Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Social and Emotional Wellbeing: early years

NICE publish new guidance on the social and emotional wellbeing of children under five.

Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Health, Wellness and Society Conference: Call for Papers.

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Third International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society and the call for submissions to the peer-reviewed The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society.  The Health and Society Conference will be held 15 - 16 March 2013 at the Escola Paulista de Medicina - Universidade Federal de Sao

Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Find out more:…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2012 at 9:49 — No Comments

Bentall is Ok, phew

He had me worried for a while- the opening sections of the 'Doctoring the Mind' book were just too friendly towards the psychiatric discipline but really he was just hooking the reader and the whammy comes not too far in.  It is a real concern for critical writers I think in that if you show your cards too early you lose the reader because of the sense that you are too partisan and you've either lost insight, or you are an academic malcontent. Books like this are important because they keep…


Added by Bill Penson on October 23, 2012 at 18:26 — No Comments

Mapping new concepts of impact in arts and mental health interventions: PhD studentship

Faculty of Arts PhD Studentship Mapping new concepts of impact in arts and mental health interventions

More details at:…

Added by Jill Anderson on October 23, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Consumer model of recovery: issues and perspectives

This set of articles may be of interest, and use in teaching. 
Best wishes, 
From World Psychiatry 11(3) …

Added by Jill Anderson on October 22, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Why Society Drives You Mad - Richard Bentall on video

Clinical psychologist and vocal critic of psychiatry Richard Bentall reveals why social inequality, racism and the built environment have a far more significant role to play in mental illness than the biomedical establishment acknowledges.

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 22, 2012 at 13:58 — No Comments

Threshold Concepts Conference report

Report of the 2012 Threshold Concepts Conference - held in Dublin. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 22, 2012 at 13:57 — No Comments

Mindreel - great resource for use in teaching.

MindReel is an initiative to create a valuable learning resource using educational films that address a wide range of mental health issues. The MindReel project is led by IRISS in partnership with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and University of Strathclyde.

The intention is to unlock the educational potential of the films that have been submitted…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 22, 2012 at 13:53 — No Comments

reading too much?

I've a little time on my hands and a part time PhD to get underway and so I've started too many books. Because clearly that follows and I'm not sure if this a case of  an urge to over-activity or enthusiasm- need not be mutually exclusive I suppose.

The beginning of Bentall's 'Why psychiatric Treatments Fail' is a strange mix and I am really hoping that the earliest part is not a plea for admission back into the fold. This book seems far more appealing to psychiatry than  'Madness…


Added by Bill Penson on October 20, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Drug and Alcohol learning

Hi all , Im Liz

I am a clinical nurse in Ipswich Queensland in Australia. I have a masters in Mental Health Nursing. I recently wrote a training program for our enrty level nurses to transition to Drug and Alcohol.. Just wondering if mental Health and Drug and Alcohol are together  or separate in you public health system.

Cheers from Aussie Land,


Added by Liz on October 18, 2012 at 23:55 — No Comments

See Psoriasis Look Deeper - report out now.

On Wednesday 17th October, the See Psoriasis Look Deeper campaign - a collaboration between The Psoriasis Association and The Mental Health Foundation launched in the Houses of Parliament.

Psoriasis is a multi-faceted condition that can affect people in many ways. There are physical symptoms- flaking, itching, redness, discomfort, even pain- but there are also impacts on mental wellbeing and quality of life, as well as social lives, careers and relationships.

The See Psoriasis…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 18, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Dropbox - Great Space Race

This may be of interest.  Free dropbox space for university students.  See here for details: 


Added by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2012 at 15:10 — No Comments

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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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