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Mindfulness and Third Wave Therapies

  • Andrew Jahoda
  • Biza Stenfert Kroese
  • Carol Pert
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Abstract

The principles and attitudinal qualities underpinning third wave therapies have potential benefits for clients with intellectual disabilities; nevertheless, more research is required to explore their applicability for this client group. Most of the adaptations used to make CBT more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities will also be relevant for third wave therapies, such as keeping exercises short, providing more repetition and using visual aids and storyboards to overcome communication difficulties. Further adaptations are necessary to clarify some of the abstract concepts underpinning mindfulness and other third wave therapies and to help clients apply the key principles. The use of vignettes and storyboards can be used to assist this process. Adapted compassion-focused techniques hold some promise to further enhance clients’ coping mechanism, such as when problems are associated with a sense of separation or alienation. However, research is needed to explore the clinical effectiveness of an adapted approach.

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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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