A comprehensive introduction to working with people with learning disabilities, this guide provides the theoretical understanding needed to inform good practice and to help improve the quality of life of people within this group. Using accessible language and case examples, the authors discuss both psychological and practical theories, including:* person-centred and behavioural approaches * anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive approaches * systems theory * task centred approach * role theory. Emphasising empowerment and inclusion of those with learning disabilities, they relate theory to issues such as loss and bereavement, sexuality and social stigma. They also provide guidance for practitioners on social policy and legislation and explore crisis intervention, values and ethics, advocacy and joint agency work, making this an extremely useful resource for social workers, nurses, teachers care workers and others working with people with learning disabilities.
About the Author
David Thomas is a qualified social worker and accredited practice teacher experienced in working with people with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs within the voluntary, statutory and health sectors. Honor Woods is a qualified social worker with over eighteen years' experience within adult services and, in particular, with people with learning disabilities. She is an accredited practice teacher.