Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 83

STRANGE FASCINATIONS: DISABILITY PSYCHOTHERAPY IN FORENSIC SETTINGS—A workshop review

On 11 February 2011, Respond and the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy hosted a one-day workshop at the Directory for Social Change in London, to consider the work of psychotherapy with people with intellectual disabilites with forensic needs. The room was full and buzzing when Richard Curren, CEO of Respond, welcomed us all to the day. It was affirming to...

A VIEW OF THE MENTAL CAPACITY BILL

I’d like to consider the Mental Capacity Bill, which is due to come to the Dáil in 2011. It is needed in order to have clarity on capacity, to allow for different degrees of autonomy, to provide safeguards for vulnerable people and to comply with Ireland’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (COPD)...

CAPACITY: Functional approach and supported decision making

The question of capacity arises on a daily basis for individuals with intellectual disability, their parents, service providers and medical personnel. It is an issue that is also relevant for people with acquired brain injury or people with severe mental health issues or dementia. Capacity is a matter of equality and human rights. If we are to have a truly...

Legal capacity law reform: The revolution of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disability

What should modern legal capacity laws look like? Most international attention is focused now on Article 12 of the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which guarantees ‘Equal Recognition under the Law.’ Indeed, many commentators say that Article 12 is the very lynchpin of the new Convention. The emphasis placed in Article 12 on respecting the...

CAPACITY AND ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

‘A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.’ (Rita Mae Brown) Decision making forms a central part of any quality of life construct. In order to live a life we each find meaningful, we need to be free to make decisions, both large and small. People with acquired brain injuries, for the most part, were previously used to making all...

Meeting the Queen

During the recent Royal visit, my daughter Mandy met the Queen. What’s more, they had a brief chat about Special Olympics, before Mandy told Her Majesty that she loved her hat. By the way, I got to meet the Queen too. I was Mandy’s escort on the occasion, but it was Mandy who got the invitation. She was there...

NATIONAL ADVOCACY SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: Capacity and consent in advocacy

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities was formally launched on the 30th March 2011 at Dublin Castle by the Minister for Social Protection Ms Joan Burton TD. The National Advocacy Service provides independent, representative advocacy for vulnerable people with disabilities. It is a countrywide service managed by five Citizens Information Services in Dublin (Clondalkin), Westmeath, Offaly, Waterford...

‘But I can’t tell you what I want’ —Consent, capacity and intellectual disability

In Ireland today, it is estimated that there about 25,500 citizens with intellectual or disability (ID). For many, the inability to communicate effectively or to understand the variety of options available in any given circumstance means that they cannot give or withhold consent to a variety of important issues in their lives. The questions around capacity to consent also...

ADVOCACY—Terminable and interminable: a place for psychology in the advocate’s toolkit

In speaking to fellow advocates I have sometimes heard advocacy characterised as a battle for resources. Perhaps then I can say that I have served two tours of duty in this battle, firstly as Mental Health Advocate for County Westmeath and more recently as the Disability Advocate for County Offaly. Having only recently concluded my second spell as an advocate—and...

Gallery

‘Haunted House’ by Christine Maloney The Gallery pictures of Issue 83 represent some of the artistic work of the service users of the Daughters of Charity Day Activity Centre on the Navan Road, Dublin. The artists have conveyed not only a great sense of colour and form, but also a sense of energy and wellbeing. ‘Untitled’ by June Mills...