I’m a social worker in an over 65s community mental health team in England. Previously, I’ve worked in Community Care Teams, Physical Disabilities Teams and Learning Disabilities settings. I am also an AMHP (Approved Mental Health Professional) and a BIA (Best Interests Assessor).
I am also a foster carer but I don’t really write about that at all except possibly may do in the context of interactions with professionals but it remains something more ‘private’ for reasons of confidentiality.
Some things I write about are based on the work I practice but I change enough of the details to prevent identification.. this is intentional!
If you are wondering about the title of the blog it comes from the follow quotation
‘Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one’ Nietzsche
I think some of the distinctions that we work with are very arbitrary at times as can be the distinction between professional and patient. The monsters I am referring to in the title is mental disorder and illness itself.
I aim to update between 3 – 5 times weekly.
If you find an entry that I’ve made private and want the password, just send me a message through the ‘contact me’ form.
I just want to clarify the grounds on which I might intervene in the otherwise free commenting on this blog.
I’m not one for censorship and certainly won’t censor on the basis of agreement/disagreement with my position – that would make a less interesting place.
So just to make things clear these are my guidelines
1. No spam
2. No personal attacks.
3. Nothing that (knowingly) breaks copyright
4. No swearing/bad language
5. No relevance to the post
If your comment does not appear and does not fall into one of these categories – please contact me using the contact form.
I reserve the right to block and/or edit comments that I feel may fall into one or other of the above categories or for any other reason that seems appropriate.
I do appreciate comments and interaction as I feel it is an important part of what I am creating.
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