The STRENCO Project has published its Logic Model for working in more co-produced ways in mental health. Built on the ways of working over three years of the STRENCO Project, the model represents the learning on developing the practicalities of working in more co-produced ways in mental health in an international context. The model was developed across six sites in five countries and involved a collaborative process between service users, family members and carers, clinicians, students and academics. It offers a practical illustration of the processes and mechanisms used and identifies some of the challenges that this way of working presents. To read more, click here.
The STRENCO Project has released two new competency tools, one for working in co-produced ways in mental health and the other for assessing competencies for activities related to Erasmus Programmes.
The competency tools have been developed with service users, family members, experts by experience, students and academics over the course of the STRENCO Project. Developed over a three year period in communities of practice in Belgium, Ireland, Finland, Greece and the UK, they are designed as tools for self-assessment or can be used to facilitate discussions between students and mentors regarding their acquisition of competency in the areas.
Each competency tool comes with a manual on the competencies, an assessment sheet and a a plot map to track progress over time. Click here to read more.
Due to restrictions surrounding travel with Erasmus programmes, the STRENCO Intensive Programme 3, due to be held in TAMK, Tampere, Finland in May 2020 has been deferred. A decision will be made at a later date as to whether the programme can be rescheduled in Academic Year 2020-21, Semester 2.
The fifth STRENCO Transnational Project Meeting was held in Jyvaskyla in October 2019.
The fourth Transnational Project Meeting was held in Vives in June 2019.
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
This website will host the work on The STRENCO Project. The site is underdevelopment at present, watch this space for updates on STRENCO.