Colleagues at Wellbeing Matters, Tamworth, have been working on resources to help practitioners and service users access Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) resources.
The team offer support to people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and trauma. One treatment used is CBT which is used to break down a problem into manageable parts which can be focused on within treatment. This process is called formulation. Many people find it helpful to do this using diagrams or graphic representations which can be a problem if you have a visual impairment.
High Intensity CBT trainee Maggie Galbarczyk, who is herself completely blind, and Rupal Panchal, Senior Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Operational Lead have worked together on adapting graphic representations of CBT formulations to meet the needs of people with visual impairments.
Maggie and Rupal researched and used colour contrast, lighting and magnification and have used Braille stickers and even a glue gun to create raised lines and arrows.
Maggie says; “this work has really helped me to develop a mental image of the diagrams so I can guide my clients through them. I need to build up the full picture in my mind rather than viewing the whole diagram at once”.
Rupal adds; “the most important thing is to be open and creative about the way we present information to our clients and each other. We hope our work will be useful to future practitioners and clients with various degrees and types of sight loss”.