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Understanding and Working With Personality Disorder (1 Day)
June 17, 2014
Personality disorder is a condition that can be difficult to describe or diagnose. It is a major challenge in the field of psychiatry. It is often characterised by a pervasive pattern of mood instability and difficult behaviours. This often creates a sense of confusion and can trigger negative feelings in those working with such clients.
This one day course is aimed at anyone working in a supportive role with people who wish to gain a deeper understanding of this complex and troubling condition and how it is different from the more familiar mental health issues.
Course objectives and content:
- To explore the nature of ‘personality’
- To gain a deeper understanding of the nature of the types of different personality disorders ( Including narcissistic and borderline) and the “3 clusters”
- How to recognise the symptoms that characterise them, including DSM IV classifications
- To explore the theories around the causes of personality disorder, especially problems arising from difficulties in early bonding and attachment issues
- Through the use of case studies explore some of the difficulties in terms of working with personality disorder
- To explore the impact of destructive behaviours including illicit drugs and alcohol abuse
- To consider ways of managing own stress and feelings when working with those exhibiting personality difficulties
- To explore treatment options available in line with recent developments in psychological therapies and appropriate sign posting
- An awareness of cultural aspects in our understanding of personality disorder