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Mental Health Services for Adults with Intellectual Disability

Strategies and Solutions, 1st Edition

Edited by Nick Bouras, Geraldine Holt

Psychology Press

168 pages

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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.


"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

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.

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Maudsley Series

Henry Maudsley, founder of the Maudsley Hospital, was the most prominent English psychiatrist of his generation.

The Maudsley Hospital was united with the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1948 and its medical school renamed the Institute of Psychiatry. It is now entrusted with the duty of advancing psychiatry by teaching and research. The South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust, together with the Institute of Psychiatry, are jointly known as The Maudsley.

The monograph series reports work carried out at The Maudsley. Some of the monographs are directly concerned with clinical problems; others, less obviously relevant, are in scientific fields that are cultivated for the furtherance of psychiatry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health