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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Mental Health Counseling With Individuals Who Are Developmentally Disabled

A literature review of different counseling methods for individuals with a diagnosis of mental retardation (MR) or autism was conducted. The theories of self-efficacy and cognitive-development explain the onset of inappropriate behaviors in individuals facing these developmental disabilities. Three types of counseling methods have been used with these populations: behavior therapy, play therapy, and a psychodynamic approach. The conclusions of the review are that many individuals facing mental retardation or autism do benefit from counseling, and that there is a need for additional research about the effectiveness of different counseling methods with these populations.

Presenters: Lindsay Rachow (Graduate Student)
Yao-Szu Tsou (Graduate Student)
Janalee Weaver (Graduate Student)
Topic: Counselor Education
Location: Fireside Lounge, Seymour Union
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)