Reed Cappleman

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Reed is a clinical psychologist working in Wakefield’s Community Learning Disability services, where he supports people with learning disabilities and their carers with a variety of psychological and emotional needs. Reed has a particular interest in supporting others to develop therapeutic relationships with people with learning disabilities who show behaviour that challenges. He is also passionate about adapting psychological therapies to ensure that they are accessible for individuals with learning disabilities, with a keen interest in psychodynamic and attachment based approaches. Reed has worked with people with learning disabilities across community and forensic settings in a variety of roles, including as a support worker and as a trainee psychotherapist, and has also published qualitative research addressing the experiences of adults accessing mainstream psychiatric services.


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Psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities: the views and experiences of IAPT practitioners

Psychological therapists and occupational therapists were not included in this qualitative study of 27 mental health staff, which is a shame.

Reed Cappleman critiques a recent study of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Treatments) practitioners’ experiences of providing therapy to people with intellectual disabilities.

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