Understanding personality disorder in practice

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Develop understanding and practical strategies to work effectively with people with personality disorder life difficulties.

This is a 1 day course in Bristol (you come to us).

Develop practical approaches to work effectively with people with personality disorder life difficulties.

Using key psychological theories and models, the course explores the contested nature of this diagnostic category, the impact of stigma, potential interpersonal challenges and the importance of staff self-awareness and self-care in practice.

    Also available for teams in-house (we come to you).

    Course aims

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

    Course objectives

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

    • Clarify what is meant by ‘Personality Disorders’ with a specific focus on Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Think about how to challenge the stigma associated with the term ‘personality disorder’ using an empowering recovery orientated approach
    • Gain information about development of the emotional brain and some key psychological theories and approaches that can be practically applied
    • Consider how to understand and respond to common interpersonal challenges including: boundaries; attachment and endings; potential for ‘team splitting’ and ‘acting out’ emotions
    • Recognise the importance of individual and service reflective practice and looking after ourselves when supporting people with personality disorder difficulties

    Venue info:

    Courses in Bristol (you come to us)

    We will deliver the training to smaller groups and/or in larger rooms. We have been working closely with venues to ensure we have Covid-safety measures and clear guidance in place.

    If for any reason the course cannot be delivered face-to-face, we will take a flexible and responsive approach to keep people learning – which will include delivering the training on the same day as a live interactive online session, or transferring bookings to the next available dates.

    Trainer: Suzanne Pearson

    "A calm, helpful approach to describing behaviours that people with personality disorders experience e.g. splitting. I have borderline personality disorder and was very nervous about coming. It was handled so incredibly helpfully and in a way that everyone could relate to. It has been very useful personally and professionally – thank you very much!"

    Mental Health Support Worker, Rethink, April 2019

    "I have come away with elements of knowledge that I did not have prior to this course which will inform practice and help to align mental health and education. Suzanne has a lovely way of facilitating the course and allowed for the right amount of discussion also. She made a challenging topic very "user friendly" and had an amazing insight into the disorder. Every part of the course was incredibly useful."

    Georgie Ford, Lead Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, Weston College, November 2018

    "The whole course - excellent teacher and resources. Very informative. Really enjoyable, informative and knowledgeable course."

    Deborah Buckle, Mental Health Practitioner, Weston College, November 2018

    "Everything! Very engaging and presented in a personal and relatable way! Suzanne is fab!"

    Kathryn Wright, Mental Health Practitioner, Weston College, November 2018

    "Development of the brain, concept of P.I.E., refreshing, reinforcing knowledge and filling the gaps. Discussion and interaction with others. Very enjoyable and informative."

    Alcohol Recovery Co-Ordinator, Drug & Alcohol Service, November 2018

    "The best training I have attended about personality disorder difficulties."

    Welfare & Wellbeing Lead, FE College, November 2018