Cognitive Analytic Therapy in People with Learning
Disability: An investigation into the common reciprocal roles found within this client group

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Developments over the last twenty years have shown that, contrary to previous opinion, people with learning disabilities can benefit from psychotherapy (Sinason 1992; Kroese, Dagnan & Loumidia, 1997). Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) has been adapted for use with a learning disability population (Ryle 2002). CAT collaboratively examines the Reciprocal Roles (RRs) a client plays in relationships. These are impacted by clients’ experiences of the world. The aim of this research is to identify which RRs may become apparent in working with people with learning disabilities. The therapy notes of participants (n=16) who had undergone CAT were examined and analysed using content analysis. Twenty-two different RRs were found. Four common Reciprocal Roles and two common idealised Reciprocal Roles were identified. Other observations about the data are presented. The limitations and clinical implications of the study are discussed.

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Psaila, C. & Crowley, V., (2005) “Cognitive Analytic Therapy in People with Learning Disability: An investigation into the common reciprocal roles found within this client group”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 2(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/mhldrp.2005.2296

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Catherine Psaila
Val Crowley

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