Cognitive therapy is a well known and widely used means of helping depressed patients, but is only now beginning to be extended to other client groups. Cognitive Therapy for Learning Disability contains contributions from well known and highly experienced practitioner researchers about the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the application of cognitive therapy to this special client group. Since cognitive therapy is usually understood to consist mainly of talking and introspection, the communication difficulties, challenging behaviours and the whole question of self-regulation make CBT for learning disabled people a challenging and fascinating topic.
Cognitive Therapy for Learning Disability provides a wealth of practical examples for training and will be invaluable to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and all researchers and practitioners who deal with learning disabled people in their daily lives.
List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface by Raymond W. Novaco
1. Cognitive-behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities: conceptual and contextual issues
2. Theoretical and practical issues in cognitive-behavioural approaches for people with learning disabilities: a radical behavioural perspective
3. Anger assessment for people with mild learning disabilities in secure settings
4. Understanding and assessing depression in people with learning disabilities: a cognitive-behavioural approach
5. Teaching cognitive self-regulation of independence and emotion control skills
6. Social problem-solving groups for adults with learning disabilities
7. Cognitive-behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities: assessment and intervention
8. Cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety in people with learning disabilities
9. Applying cognitive-behavoural approaches to the carers of people with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour
10. Sustaining a cognitive psychology for people with learning disabilities