October 2014 Blog Posts (31)

The new politics of experience and the bitter herbs: new book from PCSS Books

A lot of what is done in the name of psychotherapy and psychology is driven by motives which are base, shallow and commercial. Theorising of the human condition too often follows the ideological fashions of the day, which can be described as biological/corporate fundamentalism. This toxic mixture not only mystifies the general public but also makes epistemological slaves of professional psychologists.  As neoliberal capitalism continues its forward march, this book considers its influence on…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Poverty Look Up Tool

Another useful  aid for use in teaching?

When you think about the parish you live in, does it feel quite deprived, fairly wealthy, or somewhere in the middle?

We live in one of the most unequal countries in the western world, where babies born within a few miles of one another can have widely differing life expectancies – of 10 years or more.

How do we feel about these vast differences in life chances and what can churches do to help bridge the gap?

Start here by…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2014 at 10:49 — No Comments

The dual lives of people living with mental health problems: photographic project

In 2013, Liz Obert decided to begin a series of photographs that dealt with the realities of what it means to put on a brave face while simultaneously coping with forms of depression. Starting with herself, Obert took two photos: one that showed the person she chooses to present to the world, and a second portrait that presented an image of how she existed behind closed doors when feeling depressed.

A useful trigger for discussion in teaching sessions?…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 30, 2014 at 10:47 — No Comments

Mad Studies Network - shared principles

These principles build on discussion during the Mad Studies Stream at the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference 2014, and are posted on the Mad Studies wordpress site.  View the principles here.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 27, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Videos from the 6th Hearing Voices Congress

A resource for use in teaching. 

View them here. 

Added by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2014 at 14:57 — No Comments

New and emerging research on the history and geography of Scottish ‘madness’, asylums and psychiatry: Call for papers

Notwithstanding notable contributions from scholars such as Jonathan Andrews, Mike Barfoot, Alan Beveridge, Gayle Davies, Rab Houston, Gavin Miller, Iain Smith and others, it arguably remains the case that Scottish psychiatry has tended to be the ‘Cinderella’ in the existing historiography of British psychiatry. While the journal History of Psychiatry has carried ‘country reports’ on both the historiography of and substantive histories of psychiatry (expansively understood) in…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2014 at 12:42 — No Comments

Health Education England: Values Based Recruitment Framework

From 1 April 2015, all HEIs contracted by HEE to deliver NHS funded training programmes will need to assess students for the values of the NHS Constitution using the national core requirements, as set out in this framework, alongside their aptitude and skills. NHS employing organisations will be encouraged to do the same.

Download the framework

Added by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2014 at 10:18 — No Comments

Changes to Disabled Students' Allowance

In a written ministerial statement, it has been announced that government will be delaying for a year the introduction of any changes to the DSA to provide more time for universities and experts to review current support arrangements.

An 'analysis on the effect of changes made to disabled students' allowances in…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 20, 2014 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Thinking the ‘yet to be thought': ESRC seminar series

An international cross-sector seminar series exploring socially just education and inequalities in education

A new Seminar Series has been funded by the ESRC, to run from October 2014 until September 2016. This is an exciting opportunity to bring together academics, practitioners, teachers, educators, campaigners, parents and students. All events will be organised to be democratic and participative.

This seminar series, entitled ‘Thinking the ‘yet to be…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2014 at 10:13 — No Comments

HCPC all for research proposals on newly qualified registrants' preparation for practice

The HCPC is seeking proposals for research to explore preparation for practice among newly qualified professionals who have completed pre-registration education and training programmes approved by them.

In particular, they are interested in the role of the HCPC standards of education and training (SETs) and supporting guidance in ensuring that education providers have the structures and systems in place to prepare students to be fit to practise as autonomous professionals.



Added by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2014 at 11:23 — No Comments

Special issue: Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South?

Disability and the Global South, 2014, Vol. 1 No. 2

Special issue: Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South? Mapping the Ethics, Theory and Practice of Global Mental Health

Edited by China Mills (University of Sheffield) and Suman Fernando (London Metropolitan University)

Proudly Open Access and FREE. All material available for download.

A great resource for teaching about global mental health.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 15, 2014 at 15:52 — No Comments

If not now, when: Feminism in contemporary activist, social and educationalcontexts. Call for Papers

‘If not now, when?’. The Feminist Research Group invites potential contributors to consider the present moment of feminism and the presence of feminism on the streets and in mainstream society. It is seeking both theoretically informed and more empirical contributions on feminist endeavours, the strategies they employ and the values they uphold, the lessons learnt, and the new or emerging debates and challenges. In the context of a broadly defined feminist education, ‘If not now, when?’ also…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 14, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Mad Studies, what it is and why you should care - by Lucy Costa

Post written by Lucy Costa on Mad Studies wordpress site. Read it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 14, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Peer support - a shared journey: new film

To celebrate World Mental Health Day today, the Institute for Mental Health's Peer Support Training Team is delighted to launch their long awaited tandem-inspired film, highlighting the concept of a shared journey.

The film has been developed with fellow peers and colleagues from across the Country to promote the work that the training team is leading, in order to establish a national peer support network.

View the…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2014 at 10:02 — No Comments

Groupwork in the Classroom - Call for Papers

Groupwork in the Classroom
Editors Penny Singh and Tim Kelly
The Editorial Board of Groupwork intends to publish a Special Edition which will focus on the role of 
groupwork in teaching, learning and assessment in the global classroom. The articles should…

Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2014 at 13:34 — No Comments

Between exclusion and colonisation: seeking a place for mad people’s knowledge in academia - recent article

The omnipresent psychiatric narrative of mental illness has always had its counter-narrative – the life stories of people labelled mad. The relationship between these two accounts has always been one of domination: mad voices have been – and continue to be – not heard, overwritten, silenced or even erased in the course of psychiatric treatment. As survivor researchers who have had these kinds of experiences, Jasna Russo and Peter Beresford discuss parallels between this tradition and…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Applying research evidence in social work practice: out in November

Good social work practice draws upon relevant and current research to ensure that interventions are as effective as possible. As a result of this, social workers are increasingly required to demonstrate their knowledge of the research and evidence that underpin the daily decisions they make and actions they take. It is therefore vital that they are not only up to date with the latest research, but that they have the tools and understanding to successfully apply this to their…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Hoax Psychosis Blues - new book

'Written by Ravi Thornton / Illustrated by Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Leonardo M. Giron, Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway, Rian Hughes, Rhiana Jade, Ian Jones, Mark Stafford, Bryan Talbot / Designed by Wayne Marsden  and Marysa de Veer

Having been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Rob’s world becomes a series of struggles, and extraordinary moments of insight, as he moves between the fictions, facts and altered realities of his illness.…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Performance, Madness and Psychiatry: isolated acts - new book

This exciting collection of interdisciplinary essays explores the complex area of madness and performance. The book spans from the 18th century to the present and unearths the overlooked history of theatre and performance in, and about, psychiatric asylums and hospitals. Performance, Madness and Psychiatry will appeal to historians, social scientists, theatre scholars, and artists alike. It features interviews, archival research, and academic analysis of this…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2014 at 9:21 — 1 Comment

AdNormal: the science of being different - a resource for use in teaching?

Are you normal? What does it mean to be normal? Is it a good thing, or does it mean you’re just plain dull? Is being abnormal more fun, does it make us seem more kooky, quirky, individual – or could it mean we’re cut off from society, perceived as odd or even mentally ill?

abNormal is a 30-minute documentary from Mosaic, exploring and celebrating what it means to be normal. Looking through the eyes of several very different minds, with their own unique talents and perspectives, the…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 8, 2014 at 20:50 — 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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