By: Sara Davies and Richard P. Hastings
We provide a selective review, based mainly on publications from the past 10 years, of potential uses of computer technology in clinical psychology services for people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The review is organized according to three general stages of a scientist-practitioner working model: assessment, formulation, and intervention. Examples of technologies that can facilitate the work of practitioners at each of these stages are given. In conclusion, we identify a number of practical difficulties with the uptake of computer technologies, and issues for future research. We also emphasize the potential for using computers to assist in staff training activities in mental retardation services, and supporting the advocacy activities of people with mental retardation and their careers.