The current paper aims to provide an overview of the Stepping Stones Group Therapy Programme. Stepping Stones is an innovative 42‐week programme that comprehensively addresses the emotion regulation needs of offenders with an intellectual disability.
The paper discusses the process of implementing a group treatment programme in a secure forensic intellectual disability service.
Since the inception of the programme, there has been a reduction in both the frequency of aggression and the need for physical and chemical de‐escalation. In addition, clients have demonstrated a greater understanding of their emotional responses and an improved ability to use functional means of managing distress and solving life problems.
This paper shows that, although implementing group therapy programmes for clients with intellectual disabilities and co‐morbid emotion regulation difficulties can be daunting, treatment with this group of clients can be successful and rewarding.
Oxnam, P. and Gardner, E. (2011), "Stepping Stones – a group therapy programme for the treatment of emotion regulation difficulties in offenders with an intellectual disability", Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 146-151. https://doi.org/10.1108/20420921111207828
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