Category: Legal-The Law

Artefact Evaluation: Peer-Directed Learning

Artefact Evaluation: Peer-Directed Learning Timing: 45 minutes Mode: In-class; Online After your students have viewed the documentary, use the following questions as prompts for discussion.  Set up different areas in the classroom (or on the course learning management system) as laid out below with questions on a large sheet of paper and markers for students …

Artefacts: Self-Guided

Artefacts: MPA – Self-Guided Timing: 45 Minutes (flexible) Mode: In-class; Online The 36-minute Canadian documentary The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Stories from MPA, is an excellent learning tool for exploring advocacy, activism and promising mental health practice.  Early MPA members still feel passionate about the group that they founded and wanted to make a …

Lesson Plans

MPA: The Inmates’ Utopia Unit Takeaways Understand the power of activism in mental health communities Appreciate the empowering attributes of democratic structure and shared accountability in grassroots mental health groups and projects Recognize that service users often know what they need and can play an active role in the provision of appropriate services Appreciate the …

Artefact Evaluation: Report Back

Artefact Evaluation: Report Back Timing: 15 to 20 minutes Mode: In-class; Online Lanny Beckman explores the differences between what he learned about mental health in the university classroom versus his lived experience in the mental health system. Dividing the class into small groups, give your students 2 minutes to talk about what parts of their …

Artefacts: Self-Guided

D Artefacts: Self-Guided Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In class; On-line In-class or online, students can read or listen to Lanny Beckman’s memoir, a compelling consideration of the distance between mental health practitioners and people who live with mental health diagnoses.  Ask students to use the following themes to guide their consideration of this component: Professional …

Artefact Evaluation: Intersectional Analysis

Artefact Evaluation: Intersectional Analysis Timing: 30 Minutes Download Beckman’s piece titled “What If?  …Cancer Prisons” as a prompt for your students in a creative writing or cartooning exercise. Ask your students to respond to Beckman’s satirical treatment of the criminalization of mental difference and substance use.  Encourage them to use humour (carefully!) to delve deeper …

Artefact Evaluation: Getting to Activism

Artefact Evaluation: Getting to Activism Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class Pat Capponi and veteran Vancouver activist and writer Lanny Beckman have never met each other, but wouldn’t they have an interesting conversation if they did?  Imagine the two talking about the life moments and influences that helped push them from personal dislocation to empathy and …

Artefacts: Self-Guided

Artefacts: From Stigma to Action – Self-Guided Learning Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-Class; Online Living on the frontlines of community mental health during her stay at the Parkdale boarding house, Pat Capponi found an identity and a purpose there, creating coherence out of the chaos of early deinstitutionalization. What makes her story such an excellent …

Us and Them

Us and Them Unit Takeaways Recognize the profound dislocation of self and identity in mental health crises Appreciate the importance (and challenges) of empathic and critically-informed practice in bridging the distance between mental health practitioner and service user Artefact The artefact for this unit is a reflection on the distance between the patient and the …

What If?

What If? Unit Takeaways Recognize stigmatizing attitudes toward mental health and mental health patients, as compared to other medicalized conditions and patients categories Artefact The artefact for this unit is “What If? …Cancer Prisons,” a short satirical essay that contrasts attitudes toward cancer patients and mental health patients. Written by a Learning Ensemble community expert …