Trauma Informed Care and Intellectual Disability

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This is a recording of the live event 1 December 2020

Session 4 —  1 December 14.00 to 15.15

Trauma-informed Care and Intellectual Disability

The session covers the main topics of trauma-informed care via the theoretical positions of key researchers who have worked in either the field of psychotherapy or disability or both. It brings together these bodies of knowledge so that support staff can identify stages of emotional development and plan interventions for the benefit of the person with intellectual disabilities.


Pat Frankish
Clinical Psychologist
Allan Skelly
Allan Skelly
Policy Advocate

Dr Pat Frankish is a clinical psychologist with many years of experience in the field of disability and psychotherapy. Her early life was spent living on the grounds of a long-stay hospital where her parents worked. Even as a child she knew that things could be better for the people she knew. After later working in the hospital and meeting a clinical psychologist she secured a University place and then went on to train as a Clinical Psychologist. During her training, she also followed a course of study in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her career has followed a path of bringing these two areas together and has written several publications on trauma informed practice for staff and parents.

Allan has consistently advocated for government policy and health & social care services to acknowledge the unacceptable rates of maltreatment endured by people with intellectual disabilities, and to address this by enhanced protection and support, especially to the importance of emotional security as described in Attachment Theory

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