Who and what supports systemic working in a learning disabilities context?

Bethan Ramsey, Sandra Baum, Hannah Shilling, Anna Bodicoat, Arnas Zujus, Becky Cooper, Shona Daynes, Karin Fuchs, Mark Haydon-Laurelut, Laura Darbyshire, Lisa Morris, Laura Carrington, Katharina Bucher, Hatice Yildiran, Lorna Robbins

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This article sets out some of the many ways in which systemic working can find a place in Learning Disability (LD) services. It covers ways in which systemic working can influence different aspects of work in an LD service, possibilities for embedding systemic approaches in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) work in an Enhanced Support Service (ESS), systemic consultation in an LD team, systemic working in a forensic LD service and a specialist LD family therapy service. We hope the article offers a range of ideas which others can draw upon in thinking about their own context, practice and future possibilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Psychology Forum
Issue number372
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2024


  • Systemic Practice
  • clinical psychology
  • Learning Disability
  • intellectual and developmental disability
  • NHS
  • Barriers
  • Supports

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