Psychology: The science and study of the mind, mental processes and human behaviour

IRS recognises the need for a full understanding of psychological principles and salient factors in a holistic approach to rehabilitation. We believe it is impossible to separate physical from psychological factors. Effective treatment and rehabilitation is based firmly upon thorough assessment, without which rehabilitation can be fragmentary and not likely to be based upon sound scientific principles.

Psychological factors will play a part in assessment, for example, in considering motivation affected by emotional factors. The emotional state of an individual will also be an important part of the treatment process, either as a factor to be understood, or as the main subject of treatment, necessary to allow further rehabilitation to proceed.

Treatment will focus on achievable and measurable goals, which allows for objective assessment of outcomes, which in turn provides data which will be presented in a professional but comprehensible manner. This will allow for effective communication between all involved. The stage by stage process, with examples of areas covered, can be seen below:

 

Assessment
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Emotional dysfunction
  • Relationship dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
Treatment
  • Cognitive strategies/compensatory techniques
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for emotional dysfunction
  • Family therapy
  • Sexual dysfunction therapy
Evaluation
  • Goal setting
  • Progress analysis/goal tracking
  • Data recording
  • Outcomes measurement
Reporting
  • To individual/family to allow for feedback of treatment gains
  • To referring physicians/other clinicians
  • To solicitors/case managers for medicolegal purposes
  • To Social Services to ensure adequate funding/benefits

 

Declan McNichol

Bill Young

Angela Gordon

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