October 2013 Blog Posts (25)

Peer Support Workers: a practical guide to implementation

New report by Julie Repper with contributions from Becky Aldridge, Sharon Gilfoyle, Steve Gillard, Rachel Perkins and Jane Rennison

'Our experience with the ImROC programme has led us to the conclusion that the widespread introduction of people with lived experience of mental health problems into the mental health workforce is probably the single most important factor contributing to changes towards more recovery-oriented services. In the first paper on this topic (Repper, 2013) we…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Chat for AMHP programme leaders has started!

Just log in to the hub and scroll down to the chat screen to join in the discussion.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2013 at 10:08 — No Comments

Educational Journal of Living Theories

EJOLTS is committed to publishing the accounts of practitioner-researchers from a wide range of global, social, cultural and professional contexts that explain their educational influences in their own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of social formations. The journal focuses on personal journeys and collaborative pathways that explain educational influences…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2013 at 9:17 — No Comments

Alternative Routes to Recovery

The blog of Tamasin Knight's Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship trip to the USA.  Read it here. 

Tamasin will be speaking about her trip at the next meeting of CCrAMHP (Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice) in Lancaster on Monday 25 November from 6-8pm.  See here for further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2013 at 16:18 — No Comments

Open Dialogue DVD

At last night's meeting in Lancaster of the CCrAMHP group (Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice) we watched Daniel Mackler's film about the Open Dialogue Approach.  See here for the trailer.  It stimulated a very interesting discussion and we'd highly recommend it as a resource for use in teaching. …


Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2013 at 16:14 — No Comments

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme: Call for Nominations.

The call for nominations for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) 2014 is now open and closes 14 January 2014. NTFS recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching and is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI). It is open to directly-funded higher education institutions and further education colleges in England,…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2013 at 16:04 — No Comments

Building inclusivity: engagement, community and belonging in the classroom

Four video interviews with experts on inclusion in the classroom. Rowena Arshad, Vicky Gunn, Ann-Marie Houghton and Bob Matthew respond to questions on how to build and sustain inclusivity in the classroom.

This resource is part of the work of the Embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum programme. The programme is funded by…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2013 at 16:03 — No Comments

Collaborative Teaching Development Grants

The HEA call for collaborative teaching development grants will open on 4 November 2013, with funding of up to £60,000 available to carry out research into learning and teaching, or innovative teaching development activity that will have an impact on the higher education sector.  The deadline for this funding round is 24 January 2014.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Links between trauma and mental distress

A practice educator writes, and recommends some reading: http://truly.thenoodledbrain.com/2010/06/synchronicity.html

Added by Jill Anderson on October 28, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Invitation to become a founding member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies

There has been a developing awareness of the inadequacy of the traditional division between sociological and psychological disciplines. The Association for Psychosocial Studies has developed from the Psychosocial Studies Network and its founding marks a major moment of development in this nascent field. Institutional membership is sought from all institutions with an interest in psychosocial studies.  …


Added by Jill Anderson on October 28, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Critical Psychology in a Changing World: Building bridges and expanding the dialogue

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology is devoted to critical work around the world. This journey began in 2006 with ARCP 5: Critical Psychology in a Changing World. In this leg of the journey, the 49 papers of this issue will take the reader on a very informative tour around the globe, visiting psychological scholarship in places such as Aotearoa-New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Flandern, France, German Speaking…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 28, 2013 at 10:54 — No Comments

Have you read Terry Burridge's blog posting?

'Melanie Klein goes to college' can be found here.


What do you think of Terry's arguments?

Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

mhhehub Chat session for AMHP programme leaders

A chat session for people responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional training programmes will be held on the mhhehub on Wednesday 30 October from 9 - 10am.  To join the chat, just log in to the mhhehub and scroll down for the chat screen.

This chat session is aimed at people who have responsibility for AMHP training programmes and are based in universities, or in joint posts spanning higher education and local authorities or trusts. 

Kate Karban, from…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 23, 2013 at 15:20 — No Comments

The Emotionary

Words that don't exist for feeling that do. . . 


Added by Jill Anderson on October 23, 2013 at 14:16 — No Comments

Education and the Political: new theoretical articulations

The essays in this collection address the relation between education and politics in new ways. Rather than understanding education simply as the object of political decision-making, or as preparation for politics, the authors of this volume see education as implicated in social conflicts and in the political processes that produce and change socialstructures. Education, then, is a practice that reconfigures the relations between subjectivities and the political. The…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 23, 2013 at 14:07 — No Comments

The College of Medicine

The College of Medicine combines scientific knowledge, clinical expertise and the patient’s own perspective. We seek to re-define what good medicine means − renewing the traditional values of service, commitment and compassion and creating a more holistic, patient-centred, preventative approach to healthcare.

This is not just a 'nice to have' vision.  A rising number of older people, and a smaller amount of money available to serve them means that the NHS cannot continue as it…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2013 at 14:09 — No Comments

External Examiners sought

Hub members might be interested in this. If you are looking for EE posts you might like to join the External Examiners JISCmail list run by the HEA - span>EXTERNAL-EXAMINERS@jiscmail.ac.uk>



Examiner Post: Foundation Degree Programme – Mental Health Work based at

Accrington & Rossendale College

Broad Oak Campus

Broad Oak…


Added by Hilary Burgess on October 21, 2013 at 9:45 — No Comments

The Bitterest Pills: Phil Thomas reviews Joanna Moncrieff's new book

In this book Moncrieff picks up the narrative she started in The Myth of the Chemical Cure (Moncrieff, 2008).  The Bitterest Pills in concerned primarily with neuroleptic drugs and Thomas concludes that it is 'a must-read for all psychiatrists and mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 20, 2013 at 14:50 — No Comments

Self labelling and Identity

We call mad people lots of names. Most of them are not meant to be complimentary. But what do mad people call themselves? Do they accept labels that others stick on them? Do they apply their own labels? Why might one person choose a different label than another? This is a short documentary in which 12 Toronto activists discuss how they identify themselves.

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 15, 2013 at 12:16 — No Comments

The Consumer/Survivor/ex-Patient movement

Watch this video for 'Mad People's History' (CDST 504), an online course offered at Ryerson University. David Reville, an instructor with the School of Disability Studies, introduces the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, offering learners several ways to conceptualize the movement. The six-part metaphor is intended to frame the origins, activities, and politics of the movement.

Watch the video.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 15, 2013 at 12:14 — 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…

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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