Psychotherapy for the Intellectually Disabled: The Skills System Approach
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 15, Number 9&10, September 2017
Julie F. Brown, PhD, MSW.
Director of the Skills System at Justice Resource Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA.
Dr. Brown has disclosed that she consults with agencies about implementing the Skills System Therapy Technique. Dr. Carlat has reviewed this article and has found no evidence of bias in this educational activity.
Patients with intellectual disability often have difficulty controlling their emotions, which is what leads to so-called “challenging behaviors.” These behaviors include a range of aggressive and impulsive interactions, such as assault to self or others, stealing, fire-setting, sexual offenses, and other problematic situations.