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Psychological Therapies for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

John L. Taylor (Editor), William R. Lindsay (Editor), Richard P. Hastings (Editor), Chris Hatton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-68346-0
300 pages
February 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Psychological Therapies for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities brings together contributions from leading proponents of psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities, which offer key information on the nature and prevalence of psychological and mental health problems, the delivery of treatment approaches, and the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Offers a detailed guide to available therapies for adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Includes case illustrations to demonstrate therapies in action
  • Provides up-to-date coverage of current research in the field
  • Puts forward a consideration of the wider contexts for psychological therapy including the relationship with social deprivation, general health, and the cost effectiveness of treatment
  • Places individual interventions in the context of the person’s immediate social network including families and carers
  • Includes contributions from leading proponents from around the world
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Table of Contents

About the Editors vii

List of Contributors ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

1 Mental Health and Emotional Problems in People with Intellectual Disabilities 1
John L. Taylor and Martin Knapp

2 Social and Psychological Factors as Determinants of Emotional and Behavioral Diffi culties 15
Eric Emerson and Andrew J. Jahoda

3 The Assessment of Mental Health Problems in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities 31
Chris Hatton and John L. Taylor

4 Preparing People with Intellectual Disabilities for Psychological Treatment 55
Dave Dagnan, Andrew J. Jahoda and Amy Kilbane

5 Adapting Psychological Therapies for People with Intellectual Disabilities I: Assessment and Cognitive Defi cit Considerations 69
William R. Lindsay, Andrew J. Jahoda, Paul Willner and John L. Taylor

6 Adapting Psychological Therapies for People with Intellectual Disabilities II: Treatment Approaches and Modifi cations 85
William R. Lindsay, Andrew J. Jahoda and Paul Willner

7 Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders 101
William R. Lindsay, Paul Willner and Peter Sturmey

8 Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders 117
Anna J. Esbensen and Sigan L. Hartley

9 Anger Control Problems 133
John L. Taylor and Raymond W. Novaco

10 Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Psychosis 157
Stephen C. Oathamshaw, Alastair L. Barrowcliff and Gillian Haddock

11 Cognitive–Behavioral Treatment for Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Men with Intellectual Disabilities 173
William R. Lindsay

12 Developing Psychotherapeutic Interventions for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders 193
Dougal Julian Hare

13 Supporting Care Staff Using Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Approaches 207
Stephen J. Noone

14 Behavioral Approaches to Working with Mental Health Problems 223
Robert S.P. Jones and Alan Dowey

15 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and People with Intellectual Disabilities 237
Nigel Beail and Tom Jackson

16 Mindfulness-Based Approaches 253
Nirbhay N. Singh, Giulio E. Lancioni, Alan S.W. Winton, Angela D.A. Singh, Ashvind N.A. Singh and Judy Singh

17 Psychological Therapies for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Future Directions for Research and Practice 267
Richard P. Hastings, Chris Hatton, William R. Lindsay and John L. Taylor

Index 277

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Author Information

John Taylor is Professor of Clinical Psychology, Northumbria University and Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychological Services Professional Lead (Forensic Directorate), Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. He is Past President of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Bill Lindsay is Consultant Psychologist and Lead Clinician in Scotland for Castlebeck Care. He was previously Head of Psychology (LD) in NHS Tayside and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the State Hospital, Carstairs. He is Professor of Learning Disabilities and Forensic Psychology at the University of Abertay, Dundee, and Honorary Professor with the School of Psychology, Bangor University.

Richard Hastings is Professor of Psychology at Bangor University and Research Director for the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme. He has published widely in the field of intellectual disability, and is currently an associate editor for five international journals and on the editorial board member for a further nine. 

Chris Hatton is Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care at Lancaster University. His research interests centre on policy-relevant research concerning people with intellectual disabilities, particularly around evaluating innovations in health and social care and understanding inequalities in the physical and mental health of people with intellectual disabilities.

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"The practical, evidence-based focus of this book is its clear strength. It would be a great addition to any trainee therapist’s collection if they want to focus on working with adults with intellectual disabilities." (International Journal of Positive Behavioural support, Sring 2016)

"This book is authored by four professors who are the leading clinical researchers in the field of intellectual disabilities. Their collective expertise and experience are extremely impressive. This book will undoubtedly make an important contribution to the understanding and treatment of the range of difficulties encountered in this population."
Roz Shafran, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, Reading University

"The editors have brought together an impressive, international group of contributors to present psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities.  The volume is rich in clinical examples which are extremely valuable in illustrating the therapeutic techniques in action."
Betsey Benson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Psychology, Nisonger Center UCEDD, Ohio State University

"Without doubt, Psychological Therapies for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities is the best book available at present on this topic. The editors and contributors are all leading experts in their field, which has resulted in a book that should be standard for practitioners, researchers and students working with people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems."
Prof. Dr. Robert Didden, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

"The book gives a thorough account of the current state of science in psychological therapies for people with learning disabilities and outlines a plausible way forward for clinicians and researchers to develop a stronger evidence base for such interventions. The chapters on lesser known interventions, e.g. mindfulness were very useful and informative. The authors are all well-known experts and have presented the material persuasively and with clarity."
Angela Hassiotis, Reader in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Health Sciences Unit, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London

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