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Written by internationally recognised experts, Evidence-Based Treatment for Anxiety Disorders and Depression: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Compendium (Cambridge University Press) includes a chapter from Matthew Broadway-Horner, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Disability Nursing in the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care.

CBT is a talking therapy that can help manage an individual’s problems by changing the way they think or behave. The book is a comprehensive manual for clinicians, featuring chapters tackling specific disorders and is aimed at qualified CBT practitioners, students taking postgraduate CBT programmes and Clinical Psychology doctorate students. 

It includes case studies which demonstrate how CBT can be used in a number of clinical settings. 

The chapter by Matt, Professor Marc Serfaty and Angela Hassiotis provides an evidence-based overview of predominantly cognitive behavioural interventions for common mental health disorders, eg anxiety and depression, undertaken in the field of intellectual disabilities (ID).  
The evidence was generated by reviewing international publications between 1980 - 2020 which identified the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT,) including third wave CBT therapies and also informed from the academics’ extensive clinical practice in the field of ID. 
The first section provides an outline of the historical and sociological context of psychological therapies and the possible barriers to CBT in an ID population. The chapter includes a summary of how intellectual disabilities, depression and anxiety disorders are defined. It considers key issues, problems and solutions, linked with applying CBT and its associated approaches in an ID population.    
Finally, two case vignettes introduce the reader to CBT techniques to illustrate ideas that will help clients using CBT to bring about a reduction in self-defeating behaviours. With the aid of a support worker and electronic sources, there is a much broader range of resources to help client and therapist journey and support the therapeutic alliance. 

Matt said: “When Professor Marc Serfaty approached me and asked if I would like to write a chapter on CBT for learning disabilities, I replied ‘absolutely yes!’. The vision was set out between the authors to use their knowledge and expertise to develop a scholarly piece for an audience of students, trainers and qualified staff from all backgrounds.” 

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