This book examines the influence others have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and how this impacts on their psychological well-being. Based on the authors' clinical experiences of using cognitive behavioural therapy with people who have intellectual disabilities, it takes a social interactionist stance and positions their arguments in a theoretical and clinical context. The authors draw on their own experiences and several case studies to introduce novel approaches on how to adapt CBT assessment and treatment methods for one-to-one therapy and group interventions.
They detail the challenges of adapting CBT to the needs of their clients and suggest innovative and practical solutions. This book will be of great interest to scholars of psychology and mental health as well as to therapists and clinicians in the field.
“The scope, the reach, the coverage of the book is a great achievement, and adds to the book's overall impact and dare I say it, gravitas? And to do all this in one book, and to do so coherently, is pretty amazing.” (Professor Peter Trower)
“The authors, three of our foremost academics in this area, who have years of clinical experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, show how CBT can be integrated with other approaches to bring about real differences in people’s lives. They explore the challenges and limitations of using CBT and other therapies with people with intellectual disabilities whilst passing on tips from their own experiences about how to achieve successful outcomes with this client group. A must read for anyone, whatever their profession or background, committed to trying to help adults with ID.” (Guy Holmes, author and clinical psychologist)
“Providing access to evidence-based psychological therapies suitably adapted for people with intellectual disabilities is a key issue in UK services and internationally. Although it is important to develop and test clear manuals for treatment approaches for mental health problems, these “how to” guides need to be set in a wider context of issues relevant to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and frameworks from which practitioners can successfully adapt a variety of psychological therapies. This book takes on that task admirably. As the authors say, it is not a “cook book”. Instead, the authors have very thoughtfully provided context for this evolving field of work drawing on their extensive clinical, theoretical and research expertise.”(Prof Richard Hastings, Warwick University, UK)
“This fantastic resource will guide therapists working with people with intellectual disabilities to adapt and tailor CBT whilst remaining true to its principles and evidence. It brims with humanity and warmth, within which the technical issues in therapy are addressed. This practical guidance can enable psychological therapy services to tackle a historic injustice by welcoming and providing CBT to people of all abilities.” (Dr Adrian Whittington Director of Education and Training, Trust Strategic Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies Training, Workforce and Governance, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex, UK)
“A brilliant update and extension of 'the yellow book', this new volume includes important 'how to' sections on third wave approaches, as well as adapting CBT for people with specific impairments.”
(Dr Cliff Hawkins, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)
“This is an excellent book and I would thoroughly recommend it to any clinicians who wants to develop their skills in working therapeutically with people who have intellectual disabilities. Rather than taking a manualized approach the authors use their considerable practical expertise to provide a framework on which to build and develop both theoretical and practical skills. This book fills an real gap in the literature and will provide great support to people who want to make a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing mental distress.” (Prof John Rose, University of Birmingham, UK)
“The authors’ wealth of experience and richness of thinking is evident throughout this book. Their expressed aim to not provide simply a ‘how to’ guide but rather a textbook that does justice to the flexibility, ingenuity and on- the-spot, creative problem solving called for on the part of therapists offering CBT to people with intellectual disabilities is met many times over. This book provides a wealth of clinical examples alongside many innovative and creative suggestions. As such it will be invaluable to mental health professionals both in the mainstream and intellectual disability arenas.”
(Dr Katrina Scior, University College London, UK)
About the Authors:
Biza Stenfert Kroese is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Chair of CanDo, a support service for parents with intellectual disabilities.
Carol Pert is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Learning Disability Service of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, UK.
Andrew Jahoda is Professor of Learning Disabilities at the University of Glasgow, UK, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.