The STRENCO Project advances to its second phase in October 2018 with the third transnational project meeting hosted by the University of West Attica in Athens. The meeting has set in place the building blocks for the second phase of the project, which will lead to the second Intensive Programme of study for students and teachers which is confirmed for Vives University in Belgium in May 2019. The structure of the intensive programme agreed and takes the initiative into the areas of co-production for family working and mental health promotion.
The partner universities are now progressing to recruitment of students for the Intensive Programme. The meeting also reviewed the first round of materials in draft for the project which will now be evaluated across the partner sites.
“This has been an amazing opportunity, we all came from different places but worked as a group and bonded as we learned together. We’ve come up with some brilliant ideas and I’m sad the week is over!”
The first STRENCO Intensive Programme took place at the University of Salford between 16th May 2018 – 22nd May 2018. Students and teachers participated as part of a three-year Erasmus+ project, designed to strengthen knowledge and working practices across mental health professions in an international collaboration with academics, students, service users and professionals. The STRENCO partnership comprises representatives from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland; Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK), Finland; Vives University (Zuid), Belgium; the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (T.E.I. of Athens), Greece and Trinity College, Dublin who worked on the development of e-learning materials, competencies for co-production and a tripartite model which will hopefully inform future practice.
The Intensive Programme concluded on the final day with a “mental health marketplace” where representatives from the six countries presented materials developed over the course of the programme illustrating collaboration, co-production and gamified approaches to mental health care.
Representatives of Trinity College Dublin, TAMK, JAMK, the University of West Attica and Vives University are preparing for the first Intensive Programme at the University of Salford which begins on the 16th May 2018. You can view the preparatory materials they have developed on their country’s perspectives on collaborative practice here.
You can follow how the students, practitioners, service users and lecturers progress at the intensive programme on Twitter @strenco2