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Love, Attachment and Intellectual Disability:

Meeting Emotional Needs and Developmental Trauma

LDT Love Attachment & ID
In this webinar, Allan Skelly will explore the importance of our basic needs for love, safety and care from an early attachment figure. When these elementary emotional needs are not met, it can result in developmental trauma. This webinar considers how to provide the appropriate care and support to meet the emotional needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

Speaker: Allan Skelly

Date: Wednesday 5th June 2024

Time: 1-2pm BST

Price: Free

Description: The webinar will give an accessible overview of some of the key theories that have informed our understanding of the emotional development of people with intellectual disabilities. Drawing on chapters from his book with co-author Victoria Shimmens, Love, Attachment and Intellectual Disability: Meeting Emotional Needs and Developmental Trauma, Allan will talk about taking a trauma-informed approach to caring for people with intellectual disabilities. The author’s aim is to shift the focus from managing behaviour which challenges to looking at attachment theory and practices to support individuals’ wellbeing to promote positive change.

For: All health and social care professionals, who help people with intellectual disabilities, family caregivers and care providers.

Attend to learn about:

  • How severe trauma can affect, and present in, people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Considering causes of distress and dysregulation
  • Different ways of working with trauma survivors

About the Speaker

Allan Skelly

Allan Skelly

Allan Skelly is the 2019-2021 Chair of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities (FPID) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Allan was chair of the working group which produced the 2017 BPS clinical practice guidelines for the integration of Attachment Theory into the work of clinical psychologists in the UK. 

About the Host

Louisa Robertson

Louisa Robertson

Louisa Robertson is the Commissioning Editor at Pavilion Publishing for books on intellectual disability and autism. She has previously worked as Publishing Manager at Ridinghouse, a small art publisher based in London, and various roles including Head of Private Office at The National Archives.



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