Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Borderline personality – a ‘disorder’ for our times?

The School of Psychology’s Social Psychology Research Group (aka SPRG) met for the third time this academic year and discussed an intriguing project of our colleague Dr David Jones. The discussion was around the topic of "Borderline Personality Disorder" and its  more and more frequent presence as both a diagnosis and a cultural phenomenon. The… Continue reading Borderline personality – a ‘disorder’ for our times?

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Counselling, Psychology

New resource on Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity and Mental Health

Our Meg-John Barker has written this new resource for the British Association for Counselling and Psychology (BACP) all about how to work with clients across Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD). The resource gives an up-to-date understanding of the psychology of gender, sexuality, and relationships, as well as half a page or so on each… Continue reading New resource on Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity and Mental Health

Counselling, Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Social Psychology

Why study psychology at the OU if you’re interested in mental health

Psychology has always been a popular university course, but this is even more the case at the moment with the huge national interest in mental health and well-being, and more and more awareness of the high rates of stress and other mental health problems and the toll they take on society. Classically students who have taken psychology degrees have been somewhat… Continue reading Why study psychology at the OU if you’re interested in mental health

Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Being a young interpreter

Sarah Crafter recently wrote a post with Humera Iqbal about being a young interpreter for the Migration Museum Project. We've reproduced the post here. To read the project's full series on the experience of running workshops with young people and schoolchildren, check out their website. ‘When I was small and I moved in Milan, I used… Continue reading Being a young interpreter

Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender

Meg-John Barker writes... In a previous blog for OU CCIG I outlined my whole project of creating psychosocially informed self-help, and the various methods involved: reviewing existing theory and research; analysing existing self-help; conducting collaborative research with gender-, sexual-, and relationship-diverse (GSRD) communities; autoethnographic reflection; and creative dissemination. This time I want to reflect on one particular… Continue reading Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender