Reynolds, Jill and Read, Jim
Opening minds: Eser involvement in the production of learning materials on mental health and distress.
Social Work Education, 18(4) pp. 417–432.
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This article looks at the process of involving users in the production of the Open University course on mental health. There is increasing recognition of the need for partnership with service users in training provision as well as in professional practice, but there has been less attention to how this works out, and to the dilemmas faced by participants in such processes. 'Mental health and illness' are highly contested concepts. Professional debates on appropriate frameworks for intervention mean that the promotion of user views in training courses may be derided us 'antipsychiatry'. This is a particular risk for social work education. There are then dilemmas for educators on providing academic credibility and balance while being sensitive to user perspectives and critiques. However, academic criteria about what counts as knowledge are subject to change, and user views may have an influence here.
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