Developmentally Disabled and Psychotic Individuals
The co-morbidity of psychosis in individuals with developmental disabilities may exacerbate the financial strain, emotional turmoil, and difficulties in adaptive functioning that these individuals experience. Given the salience of distress across domains of functioning, there exists a pressing need for more effective interventions to address this population. I am posting this protocol in the hope that it will assist treatment practitioners working with the developmentally disabled. It is an attempt to create more "physicalized" ACT metaphors for clients who think more concretely. Please understand that ACT work with this population is evolving and that this protocol is a work in progress. An small single case study using this protocol was discussed in Pankey and Hayes, 2003. (see publications list).