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Adapting compassion focused therapy for an adult with a learning disability: a case study

Authors:
COOPER Rosalind, FREARSON Julia
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45(2), 2017, pp.142-150.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Background: Joe was referred to the Community Learning Disabilities Team (CLDT) for support around low mood and overeating. Initial formulation suggested compassion focused therapy (CFT) as an intervention. The evidence base for using CFT with people with learning disabilities is currently limited. Materials and Methods: Adaptations were made to the CFT framework, accounting for Joe's learning disability. A case study design was used to investigate the effectiveness of intervention. Joe attended 13 sessions of assessment, formulation and intervention. Client feedback was incorporated to assess suitability of the CFT approach and adaptations made. Results and Conclusions: Changes in scores on outcome measures were limited. However, findings from this exploratory study suggest that CFT can be meaningfully adapted for use within the field of learning disabilities. Implications for clinical practice and directions for future research are discussed. (Publisher abstract)

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A search for meaning: telling your life with learning disabilities

Authors:
HORN Jaime Helena, MOSS Duncan
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43(3), 2015, pp.178-185.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Research has identified the collective experiences of oppression, stigma and isolation in the lives of people with learning disabilities. Against the backdrop of social and cultural processes that shape and limit the life experiences of people with learning disabilities, the authors are interested in how the individual develops a sense of self and identity. The aim is to further understand the subjective world of one woman with learning disabilities, drawing attention to how meaning about herself and her world has been constructed. The authors present and analyse one woman's life story, adopting a narrative and participatory research approach, with its focus on personal experience, whilst making links between the individual and social world. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

A star with the cars

Author:
PARTON Dan
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 14(1), January/February 2014, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article looks at how one young man, Michael, was able to secure employment with the support of the learning disability charity, Norwood. First Michael gained experience at Norwood Future Clean, a car wash and valet service run by Norwood supported employment programme. He was then able to move on employment at car dealership with some initial support from the charity Norwood. (Original abstract)

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Learning disabilities: good practice project

Authors:
HOUGH Jo, MARTIN Kerry
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
57
Place of publication:
London

This report gives people who commission, design and deliver services a better understanding of how to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. It is partly based on these good practice indicators: co-production; a capabilities approach to disability; community capacity building; a move towards more integrated services; and a commitment to personalisation. It presents six examples of good practice: Public Health Norfolk & Equal Lives (formerly Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People) and its provision of easy-to-access information on local health services; the Quality Checking project in Gloucestershire; London Borough of Hackney and Advance Support and supported living for people with complex needs; MacIntyre Care in Oxfordshire, representative of transition support for young people with complex needs; the Open University’s Social History of Learning Disability Group on sharing life stories; and Merseycare NHS Rebuild Service, which offers support for people with Down’s Syndrome and early onset dementia. It gives briefer details for other shortlisted projects. The report also includes an EasyRead summary. The project was completed under an action from ‘Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital’. (Original abstract)

Journal article

Experiences of leaving prison for people with intellectual disability

Author:
ELLEM Kathy
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 3(3), 2012, pp.127-138.
Publisher:
Emerald

Without adequate supports, people with intellectual disability leaving prison are likely to reoffend. The aim of this paper was to examine the community re-entry experiences of 10 people with an intellectual disability. The findings are drawn from a wider study of prison experiences of people with an intellectual disability in Queensland, Australia. Life stories were developed from in-depth interviews with 10 ex-prisoners (7 male and 3 female) with intellectual disability. Interviews were respectful of the communication styles of participants and involved multiple interview sessions, ranging from 2 to 9 interviews per person. Data were analysed using narrative and thematic analysis. The findings showed that the participants found the process of leaving prison an emotional event, often clouded both with confusion about when release was to occur and uncertainly as to what they could expect on the outside. Their stories highlighted how poorly divergent service models such as corrective services, disability services and mental health services respond to this group, and worked in collaboration to address their complex needs. The findings indicate a vital need for resources for ex-prisoners with intellectual disability for concrete information and coordinated hands-on assistance in negotiating supports in the community.

Journal article

Does every disabled child matter?: Hannah's story

Authors:
DERBYSHIRE Hannah, RUNSWICK-COLE Katherine, GOODLEY Dan
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, July 2011, pp.30-32.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article reviews the findings of an ESRC-funded research project, Does every child matter, post-Blair? which ran from September 2008 to April 2009. The article critically reviews the policy context of the Every Child Matters outcomes, outlines the research methodology used in the study and reports on one individual case, that of 15-year old Hannah who is credited as a co-author of this article. Hannah's story shows what a young person with a learning disability can achieve, given the right supports.

Journal article

Employment: what we have learned

Author:
SPENCER Charlotte
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 16(2), April 2011, pp.33-38.
Publisher:
Emerald

It is clear from many UK and international examples that people with learning disabilities can secure and retain jobs that employers value. With the right support, this applies to people with severe impairments as well as those with milder disabilities. This article summarises work done under Valuing People Now to improve employment prospects and outcomes for people with learning disabilities in England. It summarises the barriers to improvements, such as the benefit system, employer prejudice, and families’ low aspirations. It explains how understanding these barriers has helped to unlock solutions and new approaches. The Valuing People Employment Team has been attempting to tackle the barriers through: the Getting A Life demonstration sites; Project Search internships; the Jobs First project; and campaigns and training to increase work aspirations and expectations. Case examples demonstrate the use of these initiatives.

Journal article

Turning dreams into reality

Author:
MILLARD Chris
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(2), April 2009, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article looks at the case of one individual with learning disabilities, and how person-centred planning made a lasting difference to his quality of life. The planning process allowed him fulfil his ambition to travel and attend an international conference.

Journal article

A glass of wine and a slice of cheesecake

Author:
POWELL Joe
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, September 2008, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author, a service users diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, explains how using a support broker improved his experience and the outcomes of person-centred planning meetings.

Journal article

Billy's story: a game a snakes and ladders

Author:
BURTON John
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 12(4), December 2007, pp.4-10.
Publisher:
Emerald

A case study is presented as an experience of care provided by health and social services; the events are taken from the stories of several clients. The story illustrates the failures of a system of care that is not person-centred or integrated. Billy's story was used as a central part of a system wide review commissioned by Kent's new joint services for people with learning disabilities. By examining the real experiences of a small number of clients and testing the outcomes against the principles underpinning the plans for a new integrated and person-centred service, Kent has been able to pinpoint areas of failure and consequently priorities for development and change. The paper ends with a summary of the questions Billy's story raises and the proposals stemming from it.

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