UCL Psychology and Language Sciences



The new STORM (Standing Up for Myself) intervention is a manualised 5-session psychosocial group intervention that seeks to empower people with learning disabilities to make choices about standing up for themselves when faced with situations where they feel treated badly or unfairly, marginalised or undermined by others. STORM makes extensive use of filmed first-hand testimonials by people with learning disabilities, discussions and practical exercises. Delivered by group facilitators who are familiar with group members, the programme seeks to explore sensitive topics in a safe environment where group members are well supported by their peers and the group facilitator. We have completed a successful initial pilot of the STORM programme - we warmly thank the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund for funding this which allowed us to deliver STORM to 67 persons with learning disabilities across ten groups.

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Pilot study of STORM

We are now conducting a feasibility study and pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the STORM programme. This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research programme (NIHR PHR Project 17/149/03).

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We are looking to recruit education, third and social sector providers who may want to take part in the pilot RCT. You can read more about this study in the information sheet below - this was written for facilitators of existing groups run for people with learning disabilities aged 16 years or older. If your group may be interested in taking part in this study, or you want to find out more, we would like to hear from you.


The short film and Easy Read information sheet below were produced for potential participants with learning disabilities and tell them about the project and why they may wish to take part in the project.

YouTube film about the STORM pilot study and what taking part involves


Please contact Michaela Osborne, Research Assistant, to express interest or for further details by emailing: m.osborne@ucl.ac.uk

COVID-19 Update

Due to Covid-19 we have had to temporarily pause the STORM study. However, we are still keen to receive expressions of interest and will respond to all enquiries.