Jill Anderson's Blog – September 2013 Archive (18)

International Fellowships - HEA

The HEA call for the Sir Ron Cooke International Scholarships has now opened; the deadline for submissions is 4 January 2014. These prestigious scholarships provide funding for experienced academics to travel anywhere in the world for three to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 26, 2013 at 9:22 — No Comments

Small group teaching: a toolkit for learning

This resource offers a thought-provoking and lighthearted look at the rewards and challenges of small-group teaching. From anthropology to zoology, first-year undergraduates to research postgraduates, small group teaching is ubiquitous in higher education. At its best, it is hugely rewarding for both teacher and taught.

Many take this skill for granted, and those new to teaching tend not to get the support they need. This is a pity, for it is an eminently transferable academic skill.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 24, 2013 at 10:16 — No Comments

Starting Today: Future of Mental Health Services

This report explores the findings of the inquiry into the Future of Mental Health Services.

The inquiry aims to review the provision of mental health services in the UK in the light of current and future health and socio-economic development, promote debate on the proper aims and ambitions of mental health services, and consider how to make mental health services fit for purpose to deal with challenges 20-30 years in the future.

As background to the report, a number of papers…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 24, 2013 at 10:06 — No Comments

New CPD resource for AMHPs

The College of Social Work has published a new mapping tool to demonstrate how competencies required by social workers working as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) meet professional development requirements for regulatory registration.

The tool is designed to enable social worker AMHPs to map their continuing professional…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2013 at 12:52 — 1 Comment

NICE scholarships

Applications for 2014 are now open and will run until 1 November 2013.

NICE Scholarships are one-year opportunities for qualified health and social care professionals to find out about the inner workings of NICE and undertake a supported improvement project, related to NICE guidance, within their local organisation. View examples of potential projects that might…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2013 at 8:45 — No Comments

BSA Activism in Sociology Forum

The British Sociological Association Activism in Sociology Forum (ASF) has been established to increase the contribution of sociology and sociologists to challenging injustice and inequality by connecting those already working in this area, building solidarity, and helping people who want to start combining sociology with activism to find the support they need. We feel this is urgently needed in a context of the neoliberal offensive that is increasing inequalities, deepening the poverty and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 17, 2013 at 20:20 — No Comments

People's Political Economy

We are a group of academics and activists based in Oxford and London. We are establishing a network of learning groups designed to promote political-economic literacy outside of the existing and established academic channels. In so doing, we hope to democratise discussion over how our society is organised, why it is organised in the way that it is, and what can be done to improve it.

Find out more.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2013 at 14:39 — No Comments

Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) is a peer-reviewed international scholarly journal published by The Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS). The free, online version is published in association with the University of Athens (Greece). The print version (available on subscription or purchase - click on the Subscriptions and Purchasing link is published by IEPS). JCEPS will have three…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2013 at 14:37 — No Comments

Other Education: the journal of educational alternatives

Most academic journals in the field of education focus on institutionalised forms of educational provision, throughout the life-course. Other Education looks at education differently. We don't care that much about institutions unless they function democratically, or rather, we care very much that institutions don’t function democratically. Our work as authors and readers, as well as editorially speaking, is to enable and enhance movement of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2013 at 14:32 — No Comments

Critical Pedagogy podcasts

In 2009, Gurnam Singh produced a series of dialogues exploring different approaches to and problems in critical pedagogy. Download the podcasts here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2013 at 14:28 — No Comments

The Critical Pedagogy Collective

The CPC is an autonomous collective of UK-based educators who are united through:

  • a conviction that education for progressive social change can and does happen throughout social life, not only in schools, the university or on the front lines of political struggle; and
  • an understanding that those struggling for social justice agendas in different spheres of life can cooperate to produce knowledge that can inform, motivate and enable more effective forms of…
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Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2013 at 14:25 — No Comments

Learning and Teaching: the international journal of higher education in the social sciences

Learning and Teaching (LATISS) is a peer-reviewed journal that uses the social sciences to reflect critically on learning and teaching in the changing context of higher education.

The journal invites students and staff to explore their education practices in the light of changes in their institutions, national higher education policies, the strategies of international agencies and developments associated with the so-called international knowledge economy.

The disciplines…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2013 at 14:22 — No Comments

Birmingham Radical Education - BREAD

We are a newly created group seeking to build and participate in more democratic educational processes;

Our aim is to work together towards higher education experiences that are not consumerist, indebting, authoritarian or judging of individual worth;

We therefore seek to work collectively against the principles that now shape the so-called public university;

Central to the educational experiences we want to create is the idea that students and teachers have much to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 8, 2013 at 19:35 — No Comments

Crossing Boundaries: Improving integrated care for people with mental health problems.

This report sets out the findings from the Mental Health Foundation’s Inquiry into integrated health care for people with mental health problems. The Inquiry ran from April 2012 to June 2013. Its aim was to identify good practice, generate discussion, and draw up key messages on integrated healthcare for people with mental health problems.

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2013 at 9:48 — No Comments

Calling all mental health nursing students. . .

Laura Magness (trainee clinical psychologist at UEA) is looking for mental health nursing students to participate in her thesis research study exploring interactions between mental health nursing students and clients with various diagnoses. It will involve watching two videos and answering some questions. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and students will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 x £25 Amazon vouchers.  The study has full ethical approval from the University…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2013 at 11:05 — No Comments

Authenticity in and through teaching in higher education: new book

What does it mean to be authentic? Why should it matter whether or not we become more authentic? How might authenticity inform and enhance the social practice of the scholarship of university teaching and, by implication, the learning and development of students?

Authenticity in and through Teaching, by Caroline Kreberintroduces three distinct perspectives on authenticity, the existential, the critical and the communitarian, and shows what moving towards greater…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 — No Comments

New posting on the mhhe communal blog: Melanie Klein goes to college

Terry Burridge writes about the relevance of Melanie Klein's work for those involved in learning and teaching about mental health.  Read his interesting post here.

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See also Bob Sapey's inaugural blog post - on psychiatric treatment and the UN convention.  Comments still…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2013 at 10:53 — No Comments

New AMHP criteria launched

Today the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched approval criteria for approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes following a consultation.   The criteria set out the HCPC's expectations of education providers delivering AMHP programmes. They set out the processes and procedures that an education provider must have in place in order to deliver AMHP training, and the knowledge, understanding and skills that an individual must have when they complete their AMHP…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 2, 2013 at 18:30 — 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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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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