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Title: Counselling Support for People with Intellectual Disabilities: The Use of Narrative Therapy
Contributor(s): Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1017/jrc.2012.6
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Abstract: This article uses a descriptive case study design to examine the potential of narrative therapy as a direct intervention for adults with moderate-to-severe intellectual disabilities, autism and/or severe communication limitations. Archival clinical data on four individuals who received a form of social constructionist narrative therapy are examined for goal attainment. The data were analysed qualitatively with specific input from individuals, their families and carers. Findings indicate improvements in quality of life through reductions in situational and environmental anxieties, and in coping with grief and loss. The results suggest that narrative therapy techniques can be beneficial in assisting individuals with severe intellectual disability to achieve meaningful and persistent improvements in their life.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 18(1), p. 37-49
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1323-8922
Field of Research (FOR): 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
111710 Health Counselling
111703 Care for Disabled
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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