Applying psychological theory in different working environments

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jo2212
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Applying psychological theory in different working environments

Post by jo2212 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:44 pm

Hey everyone!

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me with a query!

Currently I work part time as a PWP and I feel relatively competent in being able to apply psychological theory/models and evaluate the impact. However, I'm also a support worker to people with learning disabilities and I'm enquiring as to how people apply psychological theory/models and evaluate the imact in environments (as above) where there is no psychologist and/or mental health professional? Is it a case of reflecting about the possibilities in your own time (outside of work)? I'm mindful that I do not want to go outside the barriers of my role, but I'm also keen to develop my understanding of theory/models in a way that is appropriate and ethical.

Any help would be much apprecaited! :)

alexh
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Re: Applying psychological theory in different working environments

Post by alexh » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:27 pm

Do you think about antecedents, behaviour and consequences/contingencies?

When there appears to be a problem could you ask yourself, who is this behaviour a problem for?

Where there is a problem that is difficult to manage within the existing team/system, can you advocate for referral to an ID community team or other specialist input?

Have you had a look at the BPS guidance on psychological therapies and people who have IDs?

Obviously you could not apply your PWP training without supervision but you could certainly think about what barriers you and ID clients would face, and what adaptations would be necessary to work effectively with people who have IDs using a low intensity CBT approach.

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