Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss a model of couple intervention that has been specifically developed for helping people with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing relationship problems. Design/methodology/approach – Among other suggestions, the model recommends assessing and working not only with the couple, but also with extended family and the service system. An agency staff, familiar with the couple, is frequently asked to act as co‐therapist. Findings – Private couple therapy sessions have proven extremely valuable, along with specific strategies that focus on management of issues such as anger and jealousy, sexuality issues, ways partners can complement and compensate for each other's weaknesses, healthy boundary‐setting, having fun, and utilizing psychiatric consultation if necessary. Originality/value – There is almost no other clinical literature on this topic. This paper offers practical suggestions and is quite unique in the field.
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 16, 2011
Keywords: Couples; Marriage; Intellectual disabilities; Love; Relationships; Counselling; Therapy strategies; Service barriers; Therapists
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