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Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

ISSN: 1753-0180
Currently published as: Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

Online from: 2007

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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The therapeutic relationship in psychological therapy for individuals with learning disabilities: a review of existing literature


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Title:The therapeutic relationship in psychological therapy for individuals with learning disabilities: a review of existing literature
Author(s):Rachel Jones, Mark Donati, (London Metropolitan University)
Citation:Rachel Jones, Mark Donati, (2009) "The therapeutic relationship in psychological therapy for individuals with learning disabilities: a review of existing literature", Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Vol. 3 Iss: 1, pp.47 - 51
Keywords:Learning disabilities, Psychological therapy: therapeutic relationship
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/17530180200900009 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:It has been suggested that over the last decade interest in and delivery of psychological therapy for people with learning disabilities have increased (Beail et al, 2005). While the literature continues to highlight the need for further evidence of its effectiveness (Willner, 2005) there is a general ‘swell of opinion’ that psychological therapy for individuals with learning disabilities is helpful (Mason, 2007). A component of psychological therapy that is generally considered to be universally important is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client (Clarkson, 2003). However, in the relatively new field of psychological therapies for people with learning disabilities, there remains a poor empirical and theoretical understanding of the role and potential complexities of the therapeutic relationship. The paper explores some of the existing literature in this field. It highlights the limited empirical evidence before exploring some of the common themes outlined so far in the clinical literature. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future research in this area.



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