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Learn With Us: An evaluation of a film-based training intervention for support workers of people with intellectual disabilities

Dandan, Nadia; (2019) Learn With Us: An evaluation of a film-based training intervention for support workers of people with intellectual disabilities. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Learn With Us (LWU) is a half-day film-based training programme developed by family carers of individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) in partnership with Islington Social Services. It is delivered to ID services’ support workers and co-facilitated by a family carer and a service manager. It was designed to help improve partnership working and increase understanding between family carers and support workers. The primary aim of this research was to evaluate the outcomes of eight training sessions on empathy, conflict, and complex decision making skills. // METHOD: The immediate and longer term impact of the training were evaluated using a mixed methods design. An empathy scale and situational judgment tests were administered at baseline (n= 50 and 68 respectively), post-training (n= 49 and 67 respectively) and three month follow-up (n= 17). The Interpersonal Conflict Scale was administered at baseline (n= 68) and follow-up (n= 17) only. In addition, qualitative interviews were conducted with nine participants to explore their views on the training and implications for future use. // RESULTS: This study adopted a repeated measures design. Support workers’ empathy towards family carers increased after the training, but this change was not maintained in the subsample assessed at follow-up. Perceived conflict between family and formal carers increased between baseline and follow-up. Finally, participants’ judgements of the most appropriate ways to manage partnership working and decide on choice vs best interests of service-users, did not change post-training. Five overarching themes were identified from the interviews. // CONCLUSIONS: This uncontrolled pilot suggests that the LWU programme may generate increased empathy and collaborative work between family and formal carers. This was confirmed by interviews which suggested that this programme was seen as both innovative and as having the potential to lead to change in everyday care practices.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Learn With Us: An evaluation of a film-based training intervention for support workers of people with intellectual disabilities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082189
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