This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

Psychological Therapies

Psychological therapies
KarinLewis, ChrisO'Connor, CathyHarding and NicolaLewis


Psychological therapies are based on psychological theories and consist of a range of structured interventions with individuals, couples, families or groups. All psychological therapies involve a therapist-client relationship and use a psychological model or theory to inform practice. Such therapies are aimed at reducing distress, symptoms, and risk of harm to self or others, and improving quality of life (DoH, 2001).

Key Points

  • Psychological therapies are a key intervention for people with a learning disability when experiencing emotional distress.
  • There is a growing range of psychological therapies available for people with a learning disability.
  • There is research evidence that psychological therapies are effective for people with a learning disability but further studies are required.


Historically, people with learning disabilities have been denied psychological ...

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