Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Counselling people with Intellectual Disabilities

WWILD has been providing counselling since 1994 to people with intellectual and learning difference.  We publish resources on this subject and provide training on Adjusted Counselling Skills for working with people with Intellectual Disabilities (Queensland wide). 


For Easy Read resources to use with your clients, please see our Easy Read Resources page.


For research and articles about counselling people with intellectual disabilities, please see our Counselling Resources page.


How to Hear Me Resource Kit


In 2012 the WWILD Disability Training Program - Victims of Crime published How to Hear Me: a resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities. This resource kit brings together much of the knowledge WWILD has gathered over the years about the lives of vulnerable people with intellectual disabilities, and seeks to educate on issues that affect people's lives, particularly for a counselling context.


Issues such as communication, social disadvantage and discrimination, vulnerability, and cognitive issues are covered, as well as several counselling methodologies that are known to be effective, and how they may be adjusted by counsellors to meet the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. The kit includes a DVD of demonstrations of the techniques. How to Hear Me was published with the support of the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General Building Capacity for Victims of Crime Services Funding Program.


Download How to Hear Me manual

Link to: Demonstration videos of therapeutic techniques on YouTube

View the manual online at QCOSS Community Door


The resource kit is available online or to download for free at QCOSS Community Door, or hard copies of the booklet and DVD are available from WWILD for $25. Please contact us to order a hard copy.


Counselling Referrals


At WWILD we also provide referrals to appropriate counsellors outside of WWILD. If you have experience and skills in counselling people with intellectual disability, are located in Queensland, and would like to be listed on our database, please contact us.




We also provide training in Adjusted Counselling Skills for counsellors working with people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Please contact us if you would like to enquire about this training (Queensland wide), or check our Upcoming Events on our home page.


Professional Support


Our counsellors are also happy to discuss strategies and make suggestions for achieving specific goals with clients with intellectual or learning disabilities. Contact us to make a time to speak to one of our counsellors.

WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Program is funded by the Department of Communities, QLD. & the WWILD Victims of Crime Disability Training Program is funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, QLD

WWILD Phone: (07) 3262 9877 Email: Address: 211 Hudson Road, WOOLOOWIN QLD 4030 Contact hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm