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Title: Addressing the needs of individuals with learning challenges in group CBT
Authors: Gingras, Julie
Keywords: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT);Mood and Anxiety Program;Health Sciences North
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2016
Abstract: This practicum essay is based on a 450 hour placement that was done within the Mood and Anxiety Program via Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario. Here, I gained some clinical experience and a better understanding of the applications of group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches (CBT) for adults (16 years and older) who suffer from mood disorders. My objectives consisted of first, acquiring clinical skills and proficiency in the delivery of group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Second: to develop an understanding of approaches to social work assessment and individual therapy within MAP. Third, to adapt group CBT material to address the needs for people with learning challenges, this final objective represents my main challenge and represents the bulk of this essay. This project outlines some of the specific learning challenges found in populations with cognitive impairments focusing on those with Asperger’s, mild intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities. Basic adaptations and teaching strategies are discussed in hopes of increasing accessibility and creativity with the CBT approach. The need for individual services is also recognized. I am proud to say that this experience has allowed me to grow as a competent professional in the social work field.
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