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Counselling with people who have an intellectual disability : issues and challenges

Stephens, Miranda 1996 , 'Counselling with people who have an intellectual disability : issues and challenges', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Historically, people with an intellectual disability have not had
the same opportunities to engage in counselling as have people
without an intellectual disability. The difficulties apparent when
using traditional counselling methods with a person with an
intellectual disability have resulted in counselling being viewed as
an ineffective process. A review of the literature was conducted
which aimed to identify effective counselling processes for
counsellors working with people with an intellectual disability.
The results suggest that elements of person-centred, behavioural
and problem-solving approaches may be useful in assisting
people with an intellectual disability to manage more effectively
their difficulties with daily living. Recent evidence of visual
stimuli such as pictures aiding comprehension suggests that the
use of pictures may further enhance counselling processes. The
effectiveness of a combined person-centred, behavioural, and
problem-solving counselling process utilising communication
supports such as pictures, merits investigation.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Stephens, Miranda
Keywords: Mental health counseling, People with mental disabilities
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

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