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Clinical practice in relation to adults with intellectual disabilities

24 March 2021

This document has been prepared by a working group on behalf of the DCP Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Its key purpose is to guide members of the profession and training providers in ensuring that trainee clinical psychologists, upon qualifying, are able to meet the psychological needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their support networks in whatever context or setting they work in.

This guidance was originally published in 2005 and was revised in 2012 (BPS, 2012) to reflect changes in health and social care.

This revision is based on the original guidance and is updated with key national policy changes, and sets out the knowledge and experience that clinical psychologists should acquire over their training that will enable them to provide person centred, effective and safe clinical interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities and their supporting networks.


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