Making a Real Difference
There is a need to broaden people with intellectual disabilities’ access to psychological services. One proposed way of achieving this is for mainstream services to deliver CBT to people with intellectual disabilities. However, it is argued that there remains a need for specialist support, and thought should be given to a more systematic approach to the training and supervision of therapists delivering CBT. Another way of reaching more people is through lower intensity CBT interventions delivered by lay therapists. However, the lay therapists would require careful supervision. Over and above who delivers the therapy, suitable manuals and materials also need to be developed or shared and made freely available to therapists. Electronic media could provide an effective way to distribute materials. There might also be an opportunity to build an online community of more dispersed CBT therapists and to use this as a means of offering peer support both nationally and internationally.
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