Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness

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Sherri Melrose, Athabasca University

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13:

Publisher: BCcampus

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: SUPPORT WORK: THE FUNDAMENTALS

  • Introduction
  • Guiding Principles for Support Work
  • Historical Struggles
  • Competencies Expected of Support Workers
  • Conclusion
  • References

CHAPTER 2: WHAT'S IN A NAME?

  • Introduction
  • The Purpose of Naming
  • Historical Perspective
  • Guidelines for Choosing the Right Name
  • Intellectual Disability
  • What Is Intellectual Disability?
  • The Impact of Names Beyond the Hurt Feelings: Implications for Service and Support
  • Conclusion
  • References

CHAPTER 3: AN OVERVIEW OF MENTAL ILLNESS

  • Introduction
  • Background of Mental Health Care
  • Indicators Associated with Disorders of Thinking
  • Indicators Associated with Disorders of Mood
  • Indicators Associated with Disorders of Behaviour
  • Conclusion
  • References

CHAPTER 4: COMMON PHYSICAL CONCERNS

  • Introduction
  • Health Status
  • Factors Affecting Health Status
  • Common Health Challenges
  • Impact of Support Providers on Health Status
  • Health Promotion
  • Conclusion
  • References

CHAPTER 5: WHEN THE PROBLEM IS PAIN

  • Introduction
  • Ethical Principles for Addressing Physical Health Conditions and Assessing Pain
  • The Hierarchy of Pain Assessment Techniques
  • Guiding Principles Pain Assessment
  • Behavioural Pain Assessment Tools
  • Picture Resources for Identifying Emotions of Physical Distress
  • Pain and Health Care for Dually Diagnosed Persons
  • Conclusion
  • References

CHAPTER 6: BEHAVIOUR THAT HURTS

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Applied Behavioural Analysis
  • Strategies to Help Decrease Self-Injurious and Aggressive Behaviour
  • Conclusion
  • References

CHAPTER 7: SEXUALITY

  • Introduction
  • Discussion Topics for Sexual Education Support
  • Understanding Boundaries
  • Providing Resources
  • Differentiating between Challenging Behaviours and Sex Offending Behaviours
  • Conclusion
  • References

 

About the Book

This multidisciplinary resource develops topics of interest to all those who care about and for individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Each chapter presents current evidence informed practice knowledge. Each topic is also presented with audio enabled text boxes emphasizing ‘Key Points for Caregivers.’ For those who are interested in background knowledge, we provided the comprehensive literature base. And, for those interested mainly in ‘what to do,’ we provided text box summaries for reading and listening.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Sherri Melrose PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada. Her background is in psychiatric nursing.