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Mental Health Services for Adults with Intellectual Disability
Strategies and Solutions

ISBN 9781138995765
Published January 20, 2016 by Psychology Press
168 Pages

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Book Description

This book considers how mental health services have evolved over the past three decades to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability, focusing on the ways that theories and policies have been applied to clinical practice.

Nick Bouras and Geraldine Holt both have extensive experience in developing and running mental health services and bring together international contributors all with longstanding expertise in the fields of mental health and intellectual disability. They present the current evidence-based practice on how people with intellectual disability can be best cared for in clinical settings. The book embraces a foreword by Professor David Goldberg and is divided into three sections: development of specialist mental health services, clinical practice, and training as an integrated component of service delivery.

Chapters cover topics including:

  • the association between psychopathology and intellectual disability
  • international perspectives
  • neuroimaging and genetic syndromes
  • training professionals, families and support workers.

Mental Health Services for Adults with Intellectual Disability provides an overview of the many improvements that have been made in services for people with intellectual disability, as well as examining the shortcomings of the services provided. It offers strategies and solutions for the wide array of interdisciplinary professionals who want to develop the range of resources on offer for people with intellectual disability.

Table of Contents

Goldberg, Foreword. Bouras, Holt, Introduction. Part I: Development of Specialist Mental Health Services. Chaplin, Paschos, O’Hara, The Specialist Mental Health Model and Other Services in a Changing Environment. Chaplin, Xenitidis, Services for People with Intellectual Disability and Offending Behaviour. Cain, Davidson, Dosen, Garcia-Ibañez, Giesow, Hillery, Kwok, Martorell, Novell-Alsina, Salvador-Carulla, Torr, An International Perspective of Mental Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability. Part II: Clinical Practice. Flynn, Gravestock, Assessment, Diagnosis and Rating Instruments. Hemmings, Service Use and Outcomes. Harding, Robertson, Neuroimaging and Genetic Syndromes. Pickard, Akinsola, The Association Between Psychopathology and Intellectual Disability. Part III: Training as an Integrated Component of Service Delivery. Costello, Hardy, Tsakanikos, McCarthy, Training professionals, family carers and support staff to work effectively with people with intellectual disability and mental health problems.

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Nick Bouras is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, United Kingdom.

Geraldine Holt is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities at South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.


"The book’s style is remarkably readable and consistent for a multi-author text ... I would enthusiastically recommend this book to all clinicians with an interest in the mental health of people with intellectual disability or who have responsibility for managing and developing services. In particular, I think that service managers and commissioners will find it a valuable source of guidance and inspiration." - Adam Kirby, The Ridge Hill Centre, in Journal of Intellectual Disability Research