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Understanding & Working with Personality Disorder

July 16, 2015

Understanding & Working with Personality Disorder

Course Aim:

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 them.

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 personality disorder
  • To explore the theories around the causes of personality disorder, especially problems arising from difficulties in early bonding and attachment issues
  • To explore some of the difficulties in terms of working with personality disorder
  • To explore the impact of destructive behaviours such as self-harm
  •  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 such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Stop and Think Group
  • An awareness of good practice in the management of personality disorder



July 16, 2015


Junaid Zico
07725 642419


Phoenix Arts
4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TJ United Kingdom
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