Chapter 15. Psychological Interventions

  1. Angela Hassiotis Senior Lecturer2,
  2. Diana Andrea Barron Clinical Research Fellow2 and
  3. Ian Hall Consultant Psychiatrist3
  1. Katrina Scior

Published Online: 16 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682968.ch15

Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook

Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook

How to Cite

Scior, K. (2009) Psychological Interventions, in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook (eds A. Hassiotis, D. A. Barron and I. Hall), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682968.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    UCL Department of Mental Health Sciences, London W1W 7EJ, UK

  2. 3

    East London NHS Foundation Trust, London E1 4DG, UK

Author Information

  1. Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742518

Online ISBN: 9780470682968



  • psychological interventions;
  • role of psychology within intellectual disability services;
  • scientist-practitioner model underlying clinical psychology;
  • psychological work with people with intellectual disabilities - socially valid and person centred;
  • multifaceted role of psychology in intellectual disability services;
  • therapeutic orientations within mainstream psychotherapy - interpersonal, cognitive analytic and existential therapy;
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) - influential in mental health field;
  • psychodynamic therapy - helping to know what is happening in their inner world;
  • systemic therapy - problem systems as appropriate focus for intervention;
  • psychological theory and working at organizational level


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Frameworks for psychological work

  • Overview of main psychological approaches

  • Behaviour therapy

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy

  • Psychodynamic therapy

  • Systemic therapy

  • Work at the organizational level

  • Evidence for psychological interventions

  • Conclusions

  • References

  • Further reading