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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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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