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A positive couple therapy model: improving relationships for people with intellectual disabilities

J. Dale Munro (Individual, couple and family therapist with the Redpath Centre, London, Canada)

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282

Article publication date: 16 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss a model of couple intervention that has been specifically developed for helping people with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing relationship problems.

Design/methodology/approach

Among other suggestions, the model recommends assessing and working not only with the couple, but also with extended family and the service system. An agency staff, familiar with the couple, is frequently asked to act as co‐therapist.

Findings

Private couple therapy sessions have proven extremely valuable, along with specific strategies that focus on management of issues such as anger and jealousy, sexuality issues, ways partners can complement and compensate for each other's weaknesses, healthy boundary‐setting, having fun, and utilizing psychiatric consultation if necessary.

Originality/value

There is almost no other clinical literature on this topic. This paper offers practical suggestions and is quite unique in the field.

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Citation

Dale Munro, J. (2011), "A positive couple therapy model: improving relationships for people with intellectual disabilities", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 5 No. 5, pp. 34-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/20441281111180646

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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