Who are the people we describe as having learning or intellectual disability? Many clinical psychologists working in a mental health setting are now encountering people with learning disabilities, in some cases for the first time. This book provides the background information and understanding required to provide a basis for a truly inclusive and effective service for people with learning disability.

In A Guide to Psychological Understanding of People with Learning Disabilities, Jenny Webb argues that we need a new, clinically-based definition of learning disability and an approach which integrates scientific rigour with humanistic concern for this group of people, who are so often vulnerable to misunderstanding and marginalisation. Psychological approaches need to be grounded in an understanding of historical, theoretical and ethical influences as well as a body of knowledge from other disciplines. The Eight Domains is a simple but holistic method for information gathering, while The Three Stories is an integrative model of formulation for use in relation for those people whose needs do not fit neatly into any one theory. Divided into three sections, the book explores:

Understanding the context

Understanding the person: eight domains

Making sense: three stories.                                     

This book provides an invaluable guide for trainee clinical psychologists and their supervisors and tutors, working with adults with learning disability. It will also be valuable for clinical psychologists working in mainstream settings who may now be receiving referrals for people with learning disability and want to update their skills.

chapter |4 pages


part |58 pages

Understanding the context

chapter |11 pages

The historical context

chapter |12 pages

The legal context

Capacity and consent

part |109 pages

Understanding the person

chapter |11 pages

The Behavioural Domain

chapter |11 pages

The Social Domain

chapter |12 pages

The Physical Domain

chapter |11 pages

The Neurological Domain

chapter |14 pages

The Cognitive Domain

chapter |11 pages

The Attachment Domain

chapter |12 pages

The Ecological Domain

chapter |12 pages

The Inner World

part |19 pages

Making sense Three Stories

chapter |3 pages