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Mental Health and Learning Disability

People with learning disabilities experience as much if not more mental health problems than anybody else, but with difficulties communicating and articulating how they feel the mental health needs of this group are often missed.

This course aims to dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding the mental health of learning disabled adults and explores ways of identifying mental health problems even where service users have difficulties with commuicating their feelings.


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More about Mental Health and Learning Disability

Small Group Work Training The course will also look at how support staff and care workers can secure assessment and interventions for their clients and work successfully alongside mental health professionals and primary care staff to ensure that learning disabled adults enjoy the same recognition and treatment of mental disorder as anyone else.

We'll be looking at how professionals such as Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Community Psychiatric Nurses work with learning disabled people. We ask how legislation (such as the Community Care Act and the Mental Health Act) may affect service users. We see how community workers and support staff can employ our Toolkit of skills and attitudes to provide the best possible advocacy and support for learning disabled people experiencing mental health problems.


Mental Health and Learning Disability is best delivered as a one-day in house course for delegates requiring more intensive training, but can also be run as one of our Bite Size Courses. We can also deliver a Train the Trainer programme and Training Packs for this subject area.

Not quite what you're looking for? Take a look at The Mental Health of Older People or Mental Health Awareness

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Learning Objectives

During the course we’ll be enabling delegates to:

  1. Discuss how a learning disabled adult may be affected by mental health problems and how health care services could and should respond

  2. Recognise signs and clues which may be indicative of service users experiencing changes in mood, behaviour and thinking

  3. Describe key pharmacological and psychological treatments for learning disabled people with mental disorders

  4. Make appropriate and informed referrals to GPs and Community Mental Health professionals

  5. Identify new and existing skills (The Toolkit) used by ourselves and colleagues when supporting service users and vulnerable adults

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