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Commentary on “Who’s Challenging Who?: a co-produced approach for training staff in learning disability services about challenging behaviour”

Mark Andrew Haydon-Laurelut ( University of Portsmouth , Portsmouth, UK) (The Community Learning Disability Service, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Uckfield, UK)
Karl Nunkoosing (Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth , Portsmouth, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 8 October 2019

Issue publication date: 5 November 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the article by Flynn et al.

Design/methodology/approach

In this commentary, the authors will develop some further thoughts about the importance of empathy, its relational nature and place in practice. The authors use some examples from systemic practice to illustrate.

Findings

Social psychological research underlines the importance of empathy in practice. Systemic practice and other collaborative approaches that ask about the experiences and abilities of people with a learning disability and their networks can support new possibilities as network members are listened to, included and respected.

Originality/value

The relational nature of empathy and its connection with practice is explored in this paper.

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Citation

Haydon-Laurelut, M.A. and Nunkoosing, K. (2019), "Commentary on “Who’s Challenging Who?: a co-produced approach for training staff in learning disability services about challenging behaviour”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 200-203. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-08-2019-0025

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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