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Disability issue(s) David Pink welcomes the opportunity to focus on learning disabilities and psychotherapy

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he special feature of this issue of The Psychotherapist is one I am very happy to see given prominence. I have long had an interest in disability issues. Like many in the ‘third sector’, my life is given meaning and value because I believe my work has social value and can bring public good. UKCP is a charity, as well as being a professional membership association, and I am very pleased to see our special feature trying to focus your attention on helping people with learning disabilities. Disabled people are surely a group in

David Pink

Chief Executive, UKCP and sometime disability rights campaigner

“ Disabled people are surely a group within our society where there are people with very distinct and significant need for therapeutic support ”

our society where there are people with very distinct and significant needs for therapeutic support; many of these people might have the potential for considerable benefit from psychotherapy. I have personal family experience of physical disability, and I have been surprised that our rich, sophisticated country can spend huge sums of money on physiological health–care, and then more on the physical accommodation of disability, while neglecting to address the psychological accommodations that need to be achieved for life with disability.

On an entirely different matter, I want to challenge the UKCP community about complaints, also featured in this issue. In the year 2013 it is simply not acceptable that each and every UKCP organisational member can operate a different ethics and complaints system. We have a new Complaints and Conduct Process (CCP), which has been developed over a long period of time, at great expense. Our complaints will be handled centrally, and professionally, and our system will use the best possible approaches so as to treat the client and the therapist alike with proper fairness. Yet many of our organisational members have yet to sign up to CCP. Time to step up to our responsibilities to the public, and commit to this scheme. P

So the authors of our special feature deserve our admiration, for they work with people with learning disabilities that obstruct participation in ‘normal’ society. Working with these clients requires that we understand that emotional development might have travelled a quite different path (or halted), and understanding this is of fundamental importance if we want to engage in therapeutic development. I hope these articles stimulate interest in a group of clients who often are still isolated socially and emotionally, even though we no longer confine people with a learning disability in large institutions.

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The Psychotherapist Issue 53  

The Psychotherapist, published three times a year, is a magazine for the benefit of UKCP members and aims to keep them informed of developme...

The Psychotherapist Issue 53  

The Psychotherapist, published three times a year, is a magazine for the benefit of UKCP members and aims to keep them informed of developme...

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