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Psychologically informed responses to personality disorder difficulties print version | course feedback

Duration: This is a one day course

Tutor(s): Suzanne Pearson.


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Course Outline

Develop practical strategies and frameworks to work effectively with people with personality disorder life difficulties. With a focus on Borderline Personality Disorder, explore the impact of attitudes, responses to interpersonal challenges and key psychological theories and models that can be applied in practice in order to provide services and support that can make a positive difference to people’s lives.




This one day training aims to provide staff with psychologically informed, practical strategies and frameworks to work effectively with people, with personality disorder life difficulties.



By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:

  • clarify what personality disorders are with a specific focus on Borderline Personality Disorder
  • gain information about the CBT model and personality disorders, and how it can be used by staff
  • consider how to understand and respond to common challenges including: boundaries; attachment and endings; potential for ‘team splitting’ and managing ‘acting out’ emotions, using case studies from staff
  • consider risk and personality disorder life difficulties i.e. self harm and suicidal thinking and evidence based safety support responses
  • think about how to apply the recovery approach to people with personality disorder issues
  • recognise the importance of individual and service reflective practice and looking after ourselves when supporting people with personality disorder difficulties


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Competences - MH14.2013, NHS KSF HWB2