WWILD has been providing counselling since 1994 to people with intellectual and learning disabilities. We publish resources on this subject and provide training on 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, scroll down the page.
How to Hear Me Resource Kit:
The WWILD- SVP Association – 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.
Reference: WWILD-SVP Association Inc. (2011) The ‘How to Hear Me: A resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities’ , Brisbane, QLD.
Access How to Hear Me manual
View the manual online at How to Hear Me Resource Book
Hard copies of the booklet and DVD are available from WWILD for $20. Please contact us to order a hard copy.
The ‘How to Hear Me: A resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities’ is subject to © WWILD SVP ASSOCIATION 2011 Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All resources created by WWILD-SVP Association are under © WWILD SVP ASSOCIATION Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Disability Support Toolkit
The Disability Support Toolkit has resources for frontline workers supporting people with disability who have been impacted by violence and abuse. The Toolkit is a result of the Disability Pathways Project, which aimed to improve responses for people with disability who have been impacted by sexual assault, domestic and family violence. WWILD clients contributed to this project.
This Toolkit includes:
- Videos to share with clients on how to contact the 1800RESPECT service and how the service works
- Easy English booklets that can be downloaded or ordered free from 1800RESPECT
- Information about the Sunny app.
This Toolkit can be used in conjunction with information provided on our website on Inclusive Practice: Supporting people with disability.
Atkinson, Judy (2020) Working and walking alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people: A practical guide for non-Indigenous workers, Australia, May 2020.
This resource is designed to provide information, concepts, practical skills and suggestions to guide non-Indigenous professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families/communities, in particular those who have experienced trauma.
Family Planning Victoria, 2012, Sexual Assault and Intellectual Disability Resource Kit – Working with Intellectual Disability Clients, Family Planning Victoria & South East Centre Against Sexual Assault, Victoria, available at
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families. Our work helps people create a different future. Resources and online training are available regarding the above. Go to: http://healingfoundation.org.au/
Dore, L. 2011, Therapy and People with Intellectual Disability, CAPA The Quarterly; Journal of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW Inc., Issue One.
Gallagher, E. 2002, Adult Clients with Mild ‘Intellectual Disability’: Rethinking our Assumptions, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 202-210.
Hagiliassis, N., Di Marco, M., Gulbenkoglu, H., Iacono, T. & Watson, J. 2006, Beyond Speech Alone: Guidelines for Practitioners providing Counselling Services to Clients with Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs, The Bridging Project, Scope (Vic) & Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria, Melbourne.
Frawley, P., Wellington, M.,., O’Shea, A., McAurthur, G., Plunkett, K & Stokoe, L. (2019). “Putting it into Practice”: Using Specialist Resources to support women and girls with disabilities who have experiences violence and abuse: Final report and guidelines. Geelong: Deakin University. Research report on the development of the Disability Ability Support Toolkit.
Raffensperger, M. 2010, Facilitating Positive Counselling Outcomes for Clients with an Intellectual Disability, A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences in the University of Canterbury,
available at http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/10092/4947/1/thesis_fulltext.pdf
Professional Development and Support:
- WWILD provides 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.
- WWILD provides training in Counselling Skills for counsellors working with people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Please contact us if you would like to inquire about this training (Queensland wide), or check our Upcoming Events on our home page.
- 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.