May 2013 Blog Posts (24)

Madness, Science and the Crisis in Psychiatry: key questions

This recent article by Phil Thomas can be found at:


The questions that he poses at the end may well be of use in sparking debate with students:

  1. Given the problems with…

Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments


' ... spouses have shared pride in the courage displayed by their loved ones.  Professionals have been brought to tears as they acknowledge their deeper understanding about what the person with dementia experiences ... '

This great project from US enables groups of people with dementia to share experiences -  then to…


Added by julie gosling on May 26, 2013 at 15:10 — No Comments


by Steve Harrington, MPA, J.D. Recovery Library

Reposted from The Institute of Recovery by John Thorpe in Linked-In group: Peer Support Network

Among mental health professionals, self-disclosure of personal information has been a long-debated subject. Some believe this disclosure interferes with treatment. Other clinicians are… Continue

Added by julie gosling on May 24, 2013 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Reaching beyond the technological paradigm in mental health - video

Lecture by psychiatrist & philosopher Patrick Bracken in Forum for existential psychology & therapy, at University of Copenhagen, 18/4 2012.

View it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 23, 2013 at 21:47 — 1 Comment


Service Users owning their own Clinical Practice - It is possible?


My Time CIC is a pioneering service user owned mental health service in Birmingham which has just won a National Award for Learning for Health. My Time is founder member of the Birmingham Mental Health Consortium and is a strong advocate for service users setting up their own services. My Time has been successfully running for 11…


Added by julie gosling on May 23, 2013 at 20:09 — No Comments


Film in the making which sounds incredible:

Documentary about mental asylum run by its own patients

Since 2011 I’ve been making a feature length documentary about a man who manages a mental asylum run by its own patients in Juárez, Mexico. Apart from empathy, the patients share few resources but somehow they’ve survived the trauma of life in the world’s…


Added by julie gosling on May 23, 2013 at 19:32 — No Comments


Here is just one example of the exceptionally creative output from Durham University's Centre For Medical Humanities and surely a wonderful beacon for the rest of us to follow. Read on ....

Ordinary Wars: Transition, Weddings, Wives, Choreography and Research

by Centre for Medical Humanities…


Added by julie gosling on May 23, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Thou Art: A film about the role of art in the lives of mental health service users

Thou Art the Film


This film was made in collaboration with service users, who played an important part in raising the research funding; interviewing; filming; editing and production of the film. Please feel free to use it widely. It forms the basis of a forthcoming book (2014/15) based on the narratives of art and…


Added by Olivia Sagan on May 22, 2013 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Reasonably adjusted: mental health services and support for people with autism and people with learning disabilities

Traditionally, people with learning disabilities and people with autism did not have a great time when they needed to use mental health services. The Equalities Act 2010 expects mental health services to end this discrimination by making reasonable adjustments to their ways of working.

In response, the NHS Confederation commissioned NDTi to write a report, funded by the Department of Health, showing how to ‘clarify and embed into practice reasonable adjustments for people with autism…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2013 at 11:40 — No Comments

Two new Lecturer in Social Work posts advertised at the University of Bradford


Apologies for using the MHHE to circulate this information.  Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Details below or on the website:



Added by Kate Karban on May 21, 2013 at 18:23 — 1 Comment

Carers and Confidentiality: new online training resource

This resource aims to help health professionals to manage issues of confidentiality and negotiate information sharing dilemmas with families, friends and carers supporting people with mental health problems.

View the resource here.


Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 18:03 — No Comments

Students stay silent about mental health problems - survey shows

Guardian article discusses findings of new survey.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 15:19 — No Comments

Professional doctorate in social care and emotional wellbeing

This doctoral programme provides social care practitioners, managers, educators and policy makers with the chance to develop advanced research skills rooted in their own professional experience, in an environment that combines high academic standards with opportunities for supervised clinical social work practice. Find out more.


Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 15:17 — No Comments

HCPC - New user and carer standard

The Health and Care Professions Council held a consultation between 3 September 2012 and 7 December 2012 on a proposal to amend the standards of education and training (SETs) and supporting guidance to require the involvement of service users in approved programmes. Its Education and Training Committee (Committee) considered the outcomes from the consultation at its meeting on 7 March 2013.

The Committee agreed the SETs should be amended to require the involvement of service users and…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 15:16 — No Comments

New approach to psychology teaching - Bishop Grosseteste University

An academic who specialises in how arts activity can facilitate mental wellbeing is leading the new psychology degree course at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

Olivia Sagan has moved from University College London (UCL) to take up the post of Academic Co-ordinator for Psychology at BGU.

For the first time from September 2013 BGU undergraduates will be able to combine the study of psychology with another degree subject, such as drama, history or sport.



Added by Jill Anderson on May 19, 2013 at 11:12 — 1 Comment

Open Paradigm Project

The Open Paradigm Project is dedicated to fostering the voices and perspectives that accompany changing realities and new understandings of ourselves and the world. We believe these voices – unusual, or mad as they may be – light the way the way to cultural paradigms. Societies, businesses, and families throughout history have learned from these voices, and ignored them at their peril.

We produce creative, journalistic, promotional, and educational media on behalf of those who wish to…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2013 at 17:26 — 1 Comment

Mad at School: Rhetorics of mental disability and academic life

Mad at School explores the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education. Much of the research and teaching within disability studies assumes a disabled body but a rational and energetic (an "agile") mind. In Mad at School , scholar and disabilities activist Margaret Price asks: How might our education practices change if we understood disability to incorporate the disabled…


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

New book: Tacit Knowledge - by Neil Gascoigne and Tim Thornton

Tacit knowledge is invoked in a wide range of intellectual inquiries, from traditional academic subjects like psychology, sociology and linguistics to more pragmatically orientated investigations into the nature and transmission of skills and expertise. Notwithstanding its apparent pervasiveness, the notion of 'tacit knowledge' is a complex and…

Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2013 at 13:18 — No Comments

The Conversation

'Academic rigour, journalistic flair': UK site launches today. View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

the demise of biological psychiatry?

In the last few weeks, as the publication of DSM 5 grows near, there have been some unprecedented reactions to the new psychiatric bible. The 3 that stick out are

1. activity on twitter from US psychiatrists who have 'come out' and admitted that the biological theory of depression, for instance the serotonin hypothesis, is known by medics to have no evidence and is something that they tell patients because it seems to go down well and is found to be reassuring. What this means for the…


Added by Bill Penson on May 13, 2013 at 19:38 — 5 Comments

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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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