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Theatre Nemo

Isabel McCue was inspired to set up Theatre Nemo following her son John's eight year battle with mental ill-health. Its mission is to empower people affected by mental ill-health to have better, more fulfilled lives through the creative arts. 

The organisation runs projects in communities, prisons and hospitals.

Self-directed support in North Ayrshire

Video (uploaded to YouTube) produced by North Ayrshire Council on how people can have more choice and control over their social care through self-directed support.

The argument for evidence-based practice in social work

This is a blog post written by Professor Donald Forrester on the need for evidence-based approaches in social work.  He argues that this will enable social workers to articulate and defend their practice and the contribution it makes.

Creation myth

This is an article from the New Yorker that looks at innovation and creativity in the context of the development of computers and printers.  

Role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy

This unit explores the role of diagnosis in the treatment of mental health problems. It considers the history of our current understandings of 'mental health' and 'illness' with focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression, and looks at potential gains and losses in using diagnostic labels in counselling and pyschotherapy. This unit is an adapted extract from The Open University course D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness . It is at introductory level, and should take 8 hours to complete.

Preventing sexual abusers of children from reoffending: systematic review of medical and psychological interventions

Article that evaluates the effectiveness of current medical and psychological interventions for individuals at risk of sexually abusing children, both in known abusers and those at risk of abusing.

Centre for Effective Services: knowledge exchange

Section of Centre for Effectiveness Services website that includes key research findings, government publications and policies, media coverage concerning children, young people, families and community (CYPFC) issues.

Journeys back into work: A series of case studies on the subject of supported employment

The inequality between disabled people’s employment rates and those of the general population is stark. Despite improved legislation and various employability initiatives to tackle the disparity, little progress has been made in increasing the level and quality of disabled people’s labour market participation.

The stories provide a picture of the outcomes that supported employment can achieve, both for the clients of supported employment services, and for employers.