Intellectual Disability and Depression: Talking Therapies - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Intellectual Disability and Depression: Talking Therapies programme

Depression is just as common a problem amongst people with an intellectual disability as it is in the general population, with a point prevalence of about 5% [1]. However, people with intellectual disabilities and depression can have difficulty getting access to the talking therapies they need. For this reason, the NICE guidance produced in 2016 outlined that existing, effective therapies should be adapted for people with intellectual disabilities.

This programme introduces two therapies that have been adapted and carefully tested in recent research – Behavioural Activation and Guided Self-help. The e-learning sessions are aimed at health and social care professionals with experience of delivering psychological therapies to people with intellectual disabilities.

The programme has been developed at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the University of Warwick, Lancaster University, Bangor University and Health Education England.

Each session should take approximately one hour to complete. The session uses a number of approaches, including films of the therapies, to give the learner background information about the adapted behavioural activation therapy called ‘BeatIt’ and an adapted, guided self-help intervention called ‘StepUp’. The learner will also learn the preparations they need to make for delivering the therapies, along with knowledge of some of the main issues that can arise when delivering therapy.

When completing the programme, the learner can download the ‘BeatIt’ and ‘StepUp’ manuals and materials. It is hoped that with appropriate supervision and continuing professional support, those who complete the modules will go on to gain the skills and confidence to deliver the interventions as part of their routine practice.

Meet the team

  • Andrew Jahoda

    Andrew Jahoda

    Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Craig Melville

    Craig Melville

    Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Sally-Ann Cooper

    Sally-Ann Cooper

    Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Chris Williams

    Chris Williams

    Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Richard Hastings

    Richard Hastings

    Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research, University of Warwick
  • Chris Hatton

    Chris Hatton

    Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University
  • Dave Dagnan

    Dave Dagnan

    Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University
  • Robert Jones

    Robert Jones

    School of Psychology, Bangor University

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Intellectual Disability and Depression: Talking Therapies programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section. Learning section.

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