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Over two years ago I raised a petition with the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The official Scottish Parliament page for my petition c…
Source: A Sunshine Act for Scotland
Content warning: contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse
On 2 February, a 22-year-old black French man named Theo was allegedly violently raped with a police truncheon, gang assaulted and racially abused by four French police officers in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. So severe were the anal injuries sustained by Theo that he needed major surgery after the incident. As I write, Theo remains in a stable condition in hospital after having been visited by president Hollande. The incident occurred less than a year after the suspicious death of Adama Traore in police custody and, led to renewed accusations of police brutality and racism in France. Old wounds have been re-opened and the city is gripped with protests.
In a country that seems to have made the denial of racism a national sport…
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Let’s face the music…
After 17 years in engineering Ed Muirhead decided to follow his passion for music, enrolling on the Music Therapy MSc at Queen Margaret University. Ed is currently based at an Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre for the duration of his second year placement and is really enjoying the challenge of working with music therapeutically in a variety of ways, particularly relating to dementia. In his blog this week, Ed shares a snapshot of music therapy in action.
Picture the scene, Harry* makes a joke about Gene Kelly, Nancy* laughs. Harry was saying he’s not seen Mr Kelly for a while. He talks as if discussing a friend he used to know, and in a sense that’s true – Harry is a dancer, in the past he took part in competitive ballroom dancing with his wife all over the country, long before “Strictly”.
We’ve just sung “Singing…
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For his first and rather controversial blog of 2017, the president of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Peter Kinderman took a critical look at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Whilst acknowledging that the way that we make sense of the world has ‘profound implications’ for how we feel and behave and, referring to ‘acceptance and commitment therapy’ as a less individualist and pathologising ‘variant’ of CBT; Kinderman highlights in his blog, the serious limitations of focusing on people’s interpretations of events that are socially located and produced, to reduce psychological distress. He states:
‘CBT can rightly be criticized for adhering to an outdated and unscientific model of mental ‘illness’, for continuing to locate the blame for our distress inside our heads (rather than looking to social or even political root causes), and for sometimes implying both that people are responsible for “thinking errors” and that “positive thinking” can solve our problems’.
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Originally posted on Isle of May National Nature Reserve:
Wednesday 1st February comments: Welcome to February and today marks the day you can start booking trips for the Isle of May for the new season. The boat times and dates…
Doing Good and Being Well in a Scary World:
The Long Arc of the Moral Universe
Kelly G. Wilson
When: Monday, February 13, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: University of Edinburgh, Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square (click to see on Google Maps)
Who: This talk is open to anyone and everyone interested in learning about ways to do good and be well, as individuals and communities, in this scary world.