Jill Anderson's Blog – December 2014 Archive (6)

Mindfulness in health and education

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation concludes that: mindfulness has significant potential to improve wellbeing and save public money. A key first step for unlocking this potential is to train health and education professionals (doctors, nurses, teachers) in mindfulness.

Download the report here (see chapter five).

Added by Jill Anderson on December 12, 2014 at 12:35 — No Comments

Experiments with pedagogy - call for contributions

I was recently contacted by Hanna Kienzler about the call outlined below.  I would like to write a composite piece about current innovations in mental health learning and teaching, drawing on the expertise that exists within this mhhe network. If you have an example to share, and would be willing to contribute by having a short telephone conversation with me in the next week or two (or, if you are too busy now, after christmas) please could you let me…
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Added by Jill Anderson on December 12, 2014 at 12:23 — No Comments

Disability and Disciplines: International Conference on Educational, cultural and disability studies. Call for Papers



To be held at the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, 1-2 July, 2015



When we think of disability in Higher Education we are likely to think in terms of access, Learning Support Plans, and so on. These and other such things are of great importance but only represent part of the approach proposed at the biennial CCDS…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 11, 2014 at 14:31 — No Comments

University Mental Health Advisers

UMHAN (the University Mental Health Advisers Network) has produced a really useful map - with links to its members (and associated university mental health pages) across the country. 

View the map here.

Added by Jill Anderson on December 10, 2014 at 14:57 — No Comments

Peer-supported open dialogue

The UK Peer-supported Open Dialogue (POD) project is a multi-centre study into the development and adaptation of Open Dialogue in the NHS. The project brings together 4 Trusts from around the country and starts with a one year training, which was launched in October 2014. It combines peer support with Open Dialogue and the trial aims to demonstrate the efficacy of Peer-supported Open Dialogue over treatment as usual in mental health services over the next 3 or 4…
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Added by Jill Anderson on December 8, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Mocassin Bend - a place based autoethnography of psychosis

Moccasin Bend is a river peninsula in Chattanooga Tennessee where stands a state psychiatric institution. Timothy Kelly was a patient there in 1997, and brought the stories of his mother who had been a patient in 1967. He later learned that land use on Moccasin Bend has been fiercely contested for decades. This project engages his experience at Moccasin Bend in the context of both family and broader cultural narratives.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 3, 2014 at 22:00 — 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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