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Opening minds: Eser involvement in the production of learning materials on mental health and distress

Reynolds, Jill and Read, Jim (1999). 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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1999 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0261-5479
Keywords: mental health; user movement; survivor movement; antipsychiatry; mental distress
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 20073
Depositing User: Jill Reynolds
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 09:43
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2012 14:05
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