Shame and its role in the lives of people with learning disabilities
David O’Driscoll Psychotherapist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
A reluctance to address feelings of shame may hinder our understanding of what is important to service users
I worked with Ava, a woman with learning disabilities, around the time that her father died. What was key for her was not the grief and sadness for the loss of her father, it was the fact that her mother and siblings did not feel she could cope with the demands of attending his funeral.
Learning Disability Practice. 21, 2, 14-14. doi: 10.7748/ldp.21.2.14.s14