Friday, April 28, 2017

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Ciara Willett, Suzanne Guerin, Fiona Keogh and Philip Dodd argue that because the current definitions of respite do not include a specific time frame for respite, the qualifying duration of respite is open to interpretation.

Over 5600 people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Ireland use a form of respite each yeaer (Health Research Board 2011). Although respite provision in Ireland has substantially increased over the past 16 years, it is projected that an additional 1211 individuals will require respite from 2012 to 2016. The Department of Health reported that 8000 individuals received centre-based respite in 2009, with a total pay cost of e52 million, and a total estimated cost of e70-2 million. They suggested that alternative models of respite care might be more cost-effective than the centre-based respite method (Department of Health (2012) Value for money and policy review of disability services in Ireland). The policy and empirical literature explicitly states the need to increase the availability of respite, and carers of individuals with ID commonly request this resource...

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Jonathan Egan shares his tips on how fellow psychologists can keep the stresses of the job at bay.

As a psychologist, I suppose I should have a lot to say about wellbeing, although it is sometimes difficult to practice what I preach, particularly with two very small sons (Ted aged 2 years, 3 months, and Leo, a sparking 7 month old). I have, however, come across some bits of wisdom from the behavioural and medical sciences, and here are my top nine suggestions toward fostering your wellbeing...

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A series of articles describes several research methods used in gauging levels of happiness in individuals with learning disabilities. Ruth Catherine Cullen, Psychologist in Clinical Training

Introduction A recent series of articles published in the American Journal of Mental Retardation focused on the issue of happiness in the lives of people...

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The Eastern Health and Social Services Board (NI) and the four community trusts in its area have organised a series of information-sharing meetings about new initiatives with service users, support workers and carers (see Frontline 37, 22). Roy McConkey, University of Ulster and EHSSB, reports on the presentations and discussions at a workshop held last spring on the topic of sexuality and relationships.

There are three main reasons why services and their staffs cannot ignore the issue of sexuality. Ordinary lives: Our aim is for people with...