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The experiences of therapists providing psychological treatment for adults with depression and intellectual disabilities as part of a randomised controlled trial

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/04/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Number of pages10
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date7/04/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Background: Health professionals were trained to deliver adapted psychological interventions for depression to people with learning disabilities and depression alongside a supporter. Exploring the delivery of psychological interventions can help increase access to therapy.

Method: Twenty-seven participants took part in six focus groups, and the data were subject to a Framework Analysis.

Results: The structure and focus of the manualised therapies, and the use of specific techniques were perceived as key to service-user engagement. Supporters' involvement was valued by therapists if they had a good relationship and regular contact with the individual they supported. Regular clinical supervision was regarded as vital in understanding their role, assessing progress and delivering the interventions.

Conclusions: The findings highlight that health professionals can embrace a focussed therapeutic role and increase access to psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities.