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Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities

Evidence suggests that the prevalence of mental health issues may be higher in people with a learning disability than the general population*. In this webinar, we’ll learn how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be adapted to help treat depression and mood disorders in people with a learning disability. CBT can help people manage problems by changing the way they think and behave. It’s based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, and sensations are connected, and a negative mindset can trap people in a vicious cycle.


You can download a PDF of the webinar slides here

Price: Free

Recorded: Wednesday 11th October 2023, 1pm to 2pm BST

Description: Psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are clinical and cost-effective treatments for anxiety and depression within the general population.

In the past, learning disability has been viewed as a reason to automatically exclude someone from being able to receive CBT. People with a learning disability have a right to access the full range of therapies that are available for conditions such as depression and anxiety.

About the Speaker

Angela Hassiotis

Angela HassiotisAngela Hassiotis, Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist Camden Learning Disability Service, UCL Division of Psychiatry. Angela is a leader and pioneer in applied clinical research for people with learning disabilities and has long been an advocate for interventional research. Her research focuses on the use of data to improve care for people with learning disabilities and the development and testing of interventions for this population.

About the Host

Alison Bloomer

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Alison Bloomer, Online Editor of Learning Disability Today and Managing Editor of Pavilion Health Today, published by Pavilion. Alison is a mum to three children, one of whom has global developmental delay.