The Special Interest Group on Challenging Behavior and Mental Health (SIRG/CBMH) was established at the 13th World Congress of IASSIDD at Cape Town, South Africa. It replaced the existing SIRG on mental health with the objective of expanding the scope of the original group and creating a forum for developing integrated research and practice.
The mission of the SIRG/CBMH is to:
- Provide a focus for the worldwide exchange and dissemination of research and practice, as well as networking, in the field of challenging behavior and mental health.
- Provide a vehicle for the promotion and development of integrated research and clinical activities that further understanding of the relationship between psychological and behavioral well being in people with intellectual disability.
- Specifically encourage the development of cross-national, multi-disciplinary collaboration in research and practice that integrates biological, sociological, behavioral and psychotherapeutic perspectives.
- Improve the quality of life and services for people with intellectual disabilities and additional behavioral or mental health needs, their carers, and their families. As such, the views and contributions of these groups will be fundamental in contributing to and shaping the activities of the SIRG.
- Provide a supportive organizational framework for promoting the work of its members via journals, conferences and scientific meetings associated with IASSIDD.
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Documents and Publications
- 16 July 2014 – Vienna
- 23 August, 2013 – Tokyo
- 2 September 2011 – Manchester
- 22 October 2010 – Rome
- 25 June, 2009 – Singapore
- 27 August 2008 – Cape Town
Hassiotis Preconference Workshop Slides – 2012 IASSID World Congress
- Biographical details of the committee: click here
- Report to Council – Halifax, 2012: click here
- “Towards the Prevention of Behavioural and Psychiatric Disorders in People with Intellectual Disabilities. A position paper on behalf of the Special Interest Research Group on Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. David Allen, Paul Langthorne, Bruce Tonge, Eric Emerson, Peter McGill, Robert Fletcher, Anton Dosen & Craig Kennedy”. In press, JARID.
- 2011 – Challenging Behavior & Mental Health SIRG Joint Congress
The European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability & IASSID Challenging Behaviour & Mental Health SIRG came together to create a place for the exchange of research, practice and perspectives, and to share and explore new findings and new ideas. The Congress was hosted by the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Learning Disabilities who held their Annual Continuing Professional Development event concurrently with the Congress.
- 2013 -Challenging Behavior and Mental Health SIRG 2012 Roundtable
The 2013 Roundtable was held in conjunction with EAMHID 9th European Congress of Mental Health in ID on September 12 – 14, 2013 in Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal