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glasgow caledonian university
social work
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Areas of interest and expertise
MH and adult protection law; transformative education; MH education and mindfulness for social workers
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Pearse mccusker's Blog

Using online bloggs in research - suggestions for a novice?

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 9:54 3 Comments


I'm looking for tips on ways of using blogs as a means of data-gathering in research. 


I'm starting a project integrating mindfulness into the curriculum for SW students and hope to capture the in-situ experiecens of students on placement, in particular how they're using mindfulness to 'manage' situations that arise.  I'm not that familiar with the technical side of it and wondered if anyone had experience of this or suggestions as to how best to get the students to…


The vacuum cleaner

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:16 1 Comment

Incredible experience created by the vacuum cleaner last night at Glasgow's Tramway Theatre, as part of Scottish MH art & film festival. A stripped down, humane and unflinching testimonyof being distressed in a 'system' that struggles to find anything like a graceful, empathic response. The artist-activist's use of overheads from his own medical and police files illustrates the power of language (technical medical) and numbers (activist xxxx) to reduce people to objects; piercing the habits… Continue

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At 8:08 on June 18, 2013, julie gosling said…
Pearse you give me hope - meeting you and the Glasgow gang was great!
At 17:00 on July 25, 2013, Jill Anderson said…

How about writing a posting for our new communal blog Pearse - about the work you and Jackie have been doing? (please!)

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Blog Posts

QMU launches the world's first Masters in Mad Studies

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 1, 2020 at 11:50 0 Comments

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is launching the world’s first master’s degree in Mad Studies. The MSc Mad Studies course is primarily a course for graduates with lived experience of mental health issues. It has been hailed by a leading international Mad Studies academic as the most exciting piece of curriculum development in the last 20 years!

Mad Studies is a recognised academic discipline that explores the knowledge and actions that have grown…


Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…


Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …


Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…


Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 1 Comment

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…


Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

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