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Working Relationally with People with a Learning Disability

Monday 7th December 2015 at The BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled

Workshop overview

Workshop 1 (morning session)

Working Relationally with People with a Learning Disability
(Facilitator: Nicola Massie)

The aim of the workshop is to focus and reflect on the importance of the therapeutic relationship when working with people with a learning disability and how this can be facilitated.

The workshop will include a focus on:

  • What is a learning disability
  • The history of learning disability services and how the past influences the present
  • Reflection on the lived experience of people with a learning disability and how this influences our therapeutic relationships
  • Working with inter subjectivity and the therapeutic relationship with people with a learning
  • disability.

References:
Jones RA Counselling Psychology Review Vol 28 no 1 March 2013
Jones RA 2013 “Therapeutic relationships with individuals with learning disabilities: a qualitative study of the counselling psychologists’ experience. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 42,193-203

Workshop 2 (afternoon session)

Wellbeing in the Community: The efficacy of Beyond Words Books as a tool for positive communication in counselling
(Facilitator: Baroness Sheila Hollins)

Beyond Words books have helped counsellors and health professionals overcome the barriers in therapy sessions with people with learning and intellectual disabilities. For someone who struggles with words and understanding, there are a lot of barriers to getting the right health or social care and support. Even when a person with a problem reaches someone who can help, like a psychiatrist, a doctor, a social worker or a therapist, there can be communication problems and anxieties on both sides. By telling the whole story in pictures, each Books Beyond Words title gives people the chance to work together and explore different types of situations:

  • things that have already happened, like abuse or losing someone you love
  • things that are about to happen, like going to hospital or appearing in court
  • life decisions, like having a relationship or agreeing to an operation.

This workshop will give you an insight into how we use the books to enable communication by promoting empathy and understanding. The Social Model for supporting people with learning disabilities really does make a difference to peoples’ lives.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To enable participants to have a better understanding of the history and current support for people with a learning disability
  • To have the opportunity to reflect on the challenges of living with a learning disability
  • To consider the particular skills that Counselling Psychologists offer to people with a learning disability
  • To reflect on ways participants might adapt their practice to enable them to work with a person with a learning disability
  • To raise awareness of skills resources to work with this population
  • To offer peer support to participants who work/ or wish to work with people with a learning disability Enable participants to make links with the Network of Counselling Psychologists working with people with a learning disability

Who is the course intended for?

Applied psychologists and other practitioners including trainees interested in working with clients with learning disabilities.

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Agenda

Monday 7th December 2015

09:30Registration and Refreshments
10:00Start
12:30Lunch (Not Provided)
16:30Finish

Venue

BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society , 30 Tabernacle Street , London , EC2A 4UE

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