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Spare the humiliation

26 May 2017

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

The 2016 film I, Daniel Blake, director Ken Loach’s powerful indictment of welfare strategy for people with disabilities, shows what the government makes people go...

Let’s talk about suicide

01 June 2015

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

RECENTLY, I received a referral from a nursing colleague involving a service user who was struggling with the loss of her mother. The client told me, rather...

Lifting the lid on love and hate

28 September 2015

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

OVER THE past six months, I have been working with a service user – a 20-year-old woman with autism and mild learning disabilities. She was referred for...

Facing the final curtain

24 January 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

I have been seeing a man for psychotherapy who has a serious cancer diagnosis, he has been given six to nine months to live.

Managing expectations

30 March 2015

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

MY FIRST social work job was as part of a support team in a residential home for adults with learning disabilities. The manager had an office upstairs, where she...

Shame and its role in the lives of people with learning disabilities

21 March 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

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...

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving

21 March 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Book review

As a psychotherapist specialising in loss and bereavement, I am always asked for a recommendation on the best general introductory text on grief. While this book...

In a better place?

29 September 2014

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

THE DEATH of Connor Sparrowhawk (see Learning Disability Practice, April 2014) has been much discussed in learning disability circles. Clearly, to adopt that much...

Do service users feel ‘pseudo grief’?

30 November 2015

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

RECENTLY, WHILE visiting a day service for people with learning disabilities, a service user approached me to tell me his mother had died.

Comforting thoughts

29 February 2016

Learning Disability Practice

Opinion

A 60-YEAR-OLD man with mild learning disabilities has been referred to me for psychodynamic psychotherapy.
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