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Visiting Speaker Nev Jones Discusses Mental Illness, Disability and the Grand Challenges for Social Work: Disability Invisibility as Two Steps Forward or Two Steps Back?


Jones' presentation focuses on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, raising concerns and questions about the de-centering and, where named, positioning of both disability and, more specifically, mental illness / psychiatric disability, across the original Grand Challenges.  Highlighting the ironies of a field that trains more public sector mental health providers than any other and yet largely fails to meaningfully engage with critical disability studies, mad studies and service user/survivor led critiques of the status quo, the speaker will reflect on structural, epistemic and hermeneutic injustices buried in the Grand Challenges.  The talk will conclude with ideas for potentially transformative but ‘non-reformist’ reforms.

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