• Andrew Jahoda
  • Biza Stenfert Kroese
  • Carol Pert


We provide a brief introduction to the book and explain its purpose and aims.

We stress that we cannot provide the reader with a simple ‘cookbook’ for using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with clients with intellectual disabilities as the therapeutic work requires flexibility, ingenuity and on-the-spot, creative problem solving on the part of the therapist. We explain how we went about writing the book and how as three clinicians/researchers we have drawn on our clinical experiences as well as on our research findings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Jahoda
    • 1
  • Biza Stenfert Kroese
    • 2
  • Carol Pert
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Health and WellbeingUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Learning Disabilities ServiceNHS Greater Glasgow and ClydeGlasgowUK

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