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  • 12 Aug / 16
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    Eco-maps and safety assessments: inside week four at Think Ahead’s Summer Institute

    This week at the Summer Institute risk assessments – or rather ‘safety assessments’ – took centre stage. Participants spent a day exploring how to assess the level of protection from harm that a person with mental health problems might require, through a mixture of teaching sessions and group work. These sessions included looking at some […]

  • 5 Aug / 16
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    Developing leadership skills at the Summer Institute

    We’re half way through our 2016 Summer Institute, and this week our participants have been learning about leadership. Leadership is an important part of the Think Ahead curriculum, because mental health social workers need the ability to make difficult judgement calls and influence others. During this week’s teaching, participants took the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator […]

  • 29 Jul / 16
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    “Human rights are often deep at the heart of important social work decisions”

    Our 96 participants have now completed the second week of their Summer Institute. This week they learnt about some of the legal and ethical aspects of social work, including a strong focus on human rights and liberty. These issues have a real impact on social work practice day-to-day, because social workers have to make tough […]

  • 22 Jul / 16
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    Week one at the Summer Institute

    Today marks the end of week one of Think Ahead’s Summer Institute – the six-week residential where our participants receive an intensive grounding in mental health social work, before they start training on-the-job in community mental health teams in September. Throughout this first week, participants have had an introduction to social work and mental health […]

  • 18 Dec / 15
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    ‘How one mental health social worker helped me through my psychosis’

    A member of Think Ahead’s Service User and Carer Reference Group speaks out about his experience of mental health problems. My name is Ziaul. I’m 32 years old, from the West Midlands, and have a range of interests including the gym, eating out, pool and snooker, travelling, hanging out with good close friends, and spending […]

  • 19 Nov / 15
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    The intellectual rigour of mental health social work

    Frances Turner, a Cambridge graduate and qualified social worker who is supporting Think Ahead’s programme development, explains how top graduates can use their skills to support people living with mental health problems. After completing an undergraduate degree in French at the University of Cambridge in 2007, I found myself in an unusual position. While many peers […]