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Title: Working with people who have been there: the meaningful involvement of mental health service users in curriculum design and delivery
Authors: Ion, Robin M.
Cowan, Sue
Lindsay, Ron
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Service users
Involvement
Mental health
Education
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Pier Professional
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Pier Professional, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.5042/jmhtep.2010.0214
Citation: Ion, R., Cowan, S. and Lindsay, R. 2010. Working with people who have been there: the meaningful involvement of mental health service users in curriculum design and delivery. Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice. 5(1): pp.4-10. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.5042/jmhtep.2010.0214
Abstract: The notion of mental health service user involvement in curriculum design and delivery has become commonplace over recent years. However, concern has been expressed that the rhetoric has not matched the reality. In particular, service user involvement has tended towards either tokenism or over-sensitivity to the point of near inertia. By contrast, this paper describes a project that took a pragmatic approach and was designed to make involvement in curriculum planning, design and delivery meaningful and worthwhile for service users, students and educators alike. The paper has two principal objectives. In the first instance, it outlines the strategy for involvement that was used to inform curriculum design and delivery at the University of Abertay Dundee. This was grounded in the academic literature. Second, it provides an evaluation of this strategy based on practical experience and identifies some of the difficulties that must be overcome to work in a collaborative manner. In so doing, it examines some of the common concerns of educational staff, service users and students in relation to service user involvement. In conclusion, we provide recommendations for educators seeking to involve mental health service users in a meaningful manner in both the design of training programmes for mental health workers, and in their delivery.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/967
ISSN: 1755-6228
Appears in Collections:Social & Health Sciences Collection

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