Jill Anderson's Blog – November 2016 Archive (9)

Book review: Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement

In Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement, editors Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson and Bob Sapey bring together contributors to explore the challenges of applying theories and policies of disability to understandings of madness and distress. With a number of essays drawing on close engagement with lived experience, this is a rewarding and frequently compelling read that does not shy away from grappling with the uncertainties surrounding its field of inquiry, finds Peter…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 25, 2016 at 0:50 — No Comments

Healing the rifts between mental health workers and psychiatric survivors

Jan Wallcraft and other survivors have made a plea for Truth and Reconciliation in relation to psychiatry.  Such initiatives have been developed in relation some of the world’s worst human rights abuses such as Apartheid South Africa. Could this work in such a contested field as psychiatry?  Helen Spandler considers the issues.

Read her blog posting …


Added by Jill Anderson on November 21, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Literatures of Madness:Disability Studies and Mental Health - edited collection

We are seeking essay proposals for a peer-reviewed edited volume, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, which will be submitted to the Literary Disability Studies book series at Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14821).

The volume will collect disability studies essays that focus on mental health, madness, and addiction in literary texts. Papers that engage with the place of psychiatric… Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2016 at 11:07 — No Comments

International Journal of Mental health and Capacity Law

The International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law is an international peer reviewed open access journal devoted to the intersection between law, mental health and mental capacity. It publishes scholarly work on the civil and criminal aspects of this intersection. This covers matters that have a long history of producing difficult legal dilemmas – such as the involuntary detention and treatment of people with psycho-social disorders, and the impact of mental impairment on criminal…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 11, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Mind our Minds: fighting for better UK mental health services

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2016 at 12:37 — No Comments

New journal: Prism: casting new light on learning, theory and practice.

Welcome to PRISM, a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal that seeks to foster innovative approaches to the advancement of critical perspectives spanning all domains of learning and teaching. PRISM is currently open to submissions. The Journal’s inaugural call for papers is now available.


Added by Jill Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 20:56 — No Comments

ISPS conference - deadline for abstracts is approaching!

Making Real Change Happen

ISPS Conference in Liverpool, 30 August – 3 September 2017

Interested in Psychosis?  Interested in real change for the better?   The ISPS 2017 conference in Liverpool, UK is for you, whatever your discipline and if you are a service use or carer.   The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis conferences have an outstanding reputation for vibrancy, conviviality, breadth of…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 10:41 — No Comments

Innovative approaches to service user involvement in research and education

19 April 2017, Aalborg, 9.00 – 12.30 hours

On April 19th 2017, on the day preceding the European Social Work Research Association conference in Aalborg, the SIG on Service User Involvement will organise a pre-conference event, in collaboration with PowerUs. The theme will be: 'Innovative approaches to service user involvement in research and education’ Topics include: ‘The value of service user participation’. ‘Enablers and Barriers to Effective Service user Involvement in Research’;…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 4, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Survey on the Mental Health Act

This survey is from the Mental Health Alliance, a coalition of more than 75 organisations from across the mental health spectrum and beyond that work together to advocate for fair implementation of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales.  Rethink Mental Illness are members of the Alliance and have been commissioned to develop this survey.  

Please click Next to begin the survey. The survey should take around fifteen minutes to…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 1, 2016 at 16:39 — 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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