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Mr Mick McCormick

Mick McCormick

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Programme Director and Head of Department - Social Work
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Social Work
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Professional biography

Mick McCormick is Head of Social Work and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the Open University. Since he began practising as a social worker in 1986, Mick has worked mainly in the field of adult care – predominantly mental health, learning disability and substance misuse.  Following nearly 20 years as a social work practitioner and manager, he joined The OU in 2004 as part of the Social Work Degree Programme.

Mick has worked with Peking Tele-Medical School when it began translating K257 (Mental Health and Distress: perspectives and practice) for presentation to its students in 2007 – studied since by over 1800 students in China.

More recently, Mick was responsible for academic input into the editorial of two, one hour OU/BBC programmes on mental health - 'Sectioned'  and 'Mental: a history of the madhouse'.

Mick is external examiner for the University of Bath and the University of Hertfordshire - social work programmes.

Research interests

Research interests in social work education, mental health & substance misuse.

Recent reseach undertaken:

PBPL-CETL funded project - working in collaboration with Charles Sturt University looking at 'Sustainable Professional Practice' - a cross cultural interrogation of social work practice settings.

PBPL -CETL funded project - exploring and evaluating the first six months of post-qualified practice in social work http://oro.open.ac.uk/23098/

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A. (2010) Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice. Abingon: Routledge. http://oro.open.ac.uk/20913/

Reynolds, J., Muston, R., Heller, T., Leach J., McCormick, M. Wallcraft, J. and Walsh, M (2009) Mental Health Still Matters. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://oro.open.ac.uk/11175/

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:

‘Reflections on values and ethics in social work practice’ in Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A (2010) Professional Development in Social Work – Complex issues in practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415553353 &978041555360.  http://oro.open.ac.uk/28374/

‘Policies and practice with ‘vulnerable’ adults’ in Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A (2010) Professional Development in Social Work – Complex issues in practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415553353 &978041555360. http://oro.open.ac.uk/28375/

‘Caring for yourself, being managed and professional development’ in Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A (2010) Professional Development in Social Work – Complex issues in practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415553353 &978041555360. http://oro.open.ac.uk/28376/

BLOGS:

‘Legislation in mental health practice’ Academic, Platform, 14 May 2010. http://www.open.ac.uk/platform/blogs/academic/use-legislation-detain-people

‘Having a choice: mental health services’ OpenLearn, 7 January 2011. http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/body-mind/health/health-studies/having-choice-mental-health-services

BROADCAST INTERVIEWS:

BBC Three Counties Radio – 17th May 2010 – ‘Mental – A History of the Madhouse’

BBC Radio Leeds – 17th May 2010 - ‘Mental – A History of the Madhouse’

 

Collaborating with Dr Jonathan Leach, we are investigating different perspectives, ideas and approaches to mental health and distress that exist in society: http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/body-mind/health/health-studies/mental-healthcare-services-survey-the-results

 

Teaching interests

Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, Learning Disability, Adult Care.

Publications

Reflections on values and ethics in social work practice (2011)
McCormick, Mick and Fraser, Sandy
In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice (pp. 24-29)
ISBN : 0-415-55336-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Policies and practice with 'vulnerable adults' (2011)
McCormick, Mick
In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice. Post-qualifying Social Work (pp. 104-109)
ISBN : 0-415-55336-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Caring for yourself, being managed and professional development (2011)
Seden, Janet and McCormick, Mick
In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice (pp. 171-177)
ISBN : 0-415-55336-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice (2010-09-03)
Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds.
Post-qualifying Social Work
ISBN : 978-0-415-55336-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Mental health still matters (2009-05)
Reynolds, Jill; Muston, Rosemary; Heller, Tom; Leach, Jonathan; McCormick, Michael; Wallcraft, Jan and Walsh, Mark eds.
ISBN : 978-0-230-57729-9 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Changing identities changing contexts: the roles and identities of expert patients, service users and volunteer school governors (2015-07-15)
Higgs, Alison; McCormick, Mick and Sieminski, Sandy
In : JSWEC Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 2015: Social work education and research across boundaries (15 -17 July, Open University, Milton Keynes)
Sustainable Professional Practice (2010)
McCormick, Michael
The Open University
Prepared for Practice? Exploring and Evaluating the First Six Months of Post-qualified Practice in Social Work (2009)
Nix, Ingrid; Cooper, Barry; Davis, Roger and McCormick, Michael
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

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