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Intellectual Disability and Depression e-learning programme launched

Posted on: June 18th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with the University of Glasgow, University of Warwick, Lancaster University and Bangor University to develop an elearning programme introducing two therapies that have been adapted for people with intellectual disabilities and depression.

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

The sessions, which take approximately one hour to complete, use several 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 understand 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.

The elearning programme is available to access via the elfh Hub and NHS Education for Scotland’s digital platform.

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, visit:

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