Adapting Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Research shows heavy utilization of pharmacology in the treatment of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), however, the service community recognizes three major approaches to therapeutic intervention: pharmacology, behavioral intervention, and psychotherapy. While psychotherapy is acknowledged as a treatment intervention, it is implemented much less often than the use of medication or behavioral intervention. This training will review some of the barriers that have hindered more frequent and effective use of psychotherapy for those with IDD. Strategies to address these barriers also will be discussed. These strategies will introduce participants to a variety of approaches that include providing special supports, adapting therapeutic methodology to more effectively meet the needs of individuals, and better integrating these three approaches.