Posted on 14 December 2016
Two participants from the Think Ahead programme recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind.
The programme, a training scheme for graduates who wish to gain experience in mental health social work which is run by the charity Think Ahead, includes the MA Social Work Practice (Think Ahead) taught by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.
The first participants joined the programme in July. They will receive 200 days of work-based learning, predominantly in community mental health teams. A Summer Institute, recall taught days throughout the on-the-job learning, and regular tutorials provide academic input on social work theory, research and intervention.
Participants graduate after one year with a Postgraduate Diploma which qualifies them to apply for registration as social workers. They complete the second year of the MA whilst working through their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, which consolidates their qualifying learning.
All in the Mind follow Al Tooms and Charlotte Seymour through the programme. They spoke positively of their experience of the programme so far and some of the challenges they have encountered. Professor Martin Webber, the Academic Lead for the programme commented as follows:
“After three months of experience in the workplace, I am seeing a tremendous growth in the confidence of these graduates. Al and Charlotte speak positively about their experience and, although there is a long way to go yet, I am confident that these graduates will make an excellent contribution to the mental health social work workforce.”
More infromation about Think Ahead can be found here.