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…


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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.

View the video.

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.

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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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