The experiences of therapists providing psychological treatment for adults with depression and intellectual disabilities as part of a randomised controlled trial

Smith, Ian and Huws, Jaci and Appleton, Kim and Cooper, Sally-Ann and Dagnan, Dave and Hastings, Richard and Hatton, Chris and Jones, Robert and Melville, Craig and Scott, Katie and Williams, Chris and Jahoda, A (2021) The experiences of therapists providing psychological treatment for adults with depression and intellectual disabilities as part of a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

Background: Health professionals were trained to deliver adapted psychological interventions for depression to people with learning disabilities and depression alongside a supporter. Exploring the delivery of psychological interventions can help increase access to therapy. Method: Twenty-seven participants took part in six focus groups, and the data were subject to a Framework Analysis. Results: The structure and focus of the manualised therapies, and the use of specific techniques were perceived as key to service-user engagement. Supporters' involvement was valued by therapists if they had a good relationship and regular contact with the individual they supported. Regular clinical supervision was regarded as vital in understanding their role, assessing progress and delivering the interventions. Conclusions: The findings highlight that health professionals can embrace a focussed therapeutic role and increase access to psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
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ID Code:
153598
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Deposited On:
12 Apr 2021 13:35
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Yes
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Published
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09 Jun 2021 05:54