Diaconic institutions in Africa and Asia are working to increasingly high standards today. Because there are few good hands-on manuals available in English for hospitals and social services, however, the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) has launched the book series "Diaconia in Practice".
The first volume of the book series "Diaconia in practise" offers practical guidance on providing treatment and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) suffering from psychiatric disorders.
Individuals with ID often have a limited range of social skills and difficulty coping with stressful situations. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help them improve their ability to control impulsive behavior and regulate their emotions. The manual edited by Brian Fergus Barrett, Samuel Elstner, Christoph Schade, and Albert Diefenbacher demonstrates how the principles of DBT can be adapted to the needs of individuals with ID with many practical examples.
UEM is publishing the English version of the manual in cooperation with Stiftung Lie-benau, St.-Lukas Klinik, and v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel.
The A4-sized manual retails for €16.80 and is available for purchase in bookshops or from the press office of the United Evangelical Mission, Rudolfstrasse 137, 42285 Wup-pertal, Germany (fax: +49 202 89004-179, e-mail: medien[at]vemission.org).
Brian Fergus Barrett, Samuel Elstner, Christoph Schade, Albert Diefenbacher (editors)
DBT-ID: Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
Diaconia in Practice Series | Volume 1
The German original was published by Bethel-Verlag (www.bethel.de) in September 2012 under the title: “An der Dialektisch Behavioralen Therapie orientiertes Programm zur Behandlung Emotionaler Instabilität bei Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung“ (ISBN-13: 978-3-935972-36-9).
You can download the first pages of the book here.