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Development of psychotherapeutic training in learning disability

  • Leila B. Cooke (a1) and Heena Hargovan (a2)
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There has been an increasing awareness of the usefulness of psychotherapy as a treatment modality for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems over recent years. However, the difficulties involved in providing appropriate training and supervision in this field has resulted in a patchy and erratic development of service provision nationally (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2004). A review by Hollins and Sinason (2000) of all the available published evidence found that nationally there was inadequate availability of psychological treatments for people with learning disabilities, that there had been few outcome studies published and most of the literature consisted of single case studies. They recommended that ongoing clinical audit, using standard outcome measures, should be part of learning disability psychotherapy service protocols, and that psychotherapy training and supervision should be made available to health and social care practitioners in the learning disability field.

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Development of psychotherapeutic training in learning disability

  • Leila B. Cooke (a1) and Heena Hargovan (a2)
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