BU Health Studies Faculty Co-Author Resource for Caregivers

September 6, 2015

The Dr. James & Mrs. Lucille Brown School of Health Studies Complex at Brandon University.

BRANDON, MB – Two professors from Brandon University’s (BU) Faculty of Health Studies Psychiatric Nursing program have collaborated on a new book aimed at supporting caregivers in the mental health field. Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness, co-authored by Debra Dusome and John Simpson (retired), explores topics of interest to those that provide care for individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental illness.

“The book has links to resources and information for professionals who care for people with both developmental challenges and mental health issues,” said Debra Dusome.

“This is a very stigmatized and vulnerable population and there are limited user-friendly resources for day to day caregivers.”

The book builds and emphasizes key points for caregivers, and presents current evidence informed practice knowledge. It examines an understanding of client behaviors so caregivers can develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote positive changes to the environment and quality of life for those they care for with this dual diagnosis.

“I am extremely proud of faculty members, Debra Dusome and John Simpson, for co-authoring this new book,” said Dr. Dean Care, Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies at BU. “This publication will surely have a positive impact on the evolving field of intellectual disabilities.”

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness is available for free as an open access resource at opentextbc.ca/caregivers.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, and educates students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Dean Care
Dean, Faculty of Health Studies