Course Title: Working with Personality Disorder
Subject category: Mental health: Support Skills
Course aim: The course will equip delegates with a working knowledge of Personality
Disorder, information about the treatments and services, and provide working tools.
Course overview: Personality disorder is no longer meant to be a ‘diagnosis of
exclusion’ but there remains prejudice and negativity amongst workers towards this
group of people. Many feel ill equipped or caught up in relationships which evoke strong
feelings of being overwhelmed or being pushed away. This course explores these
relationships and some of the unconscious processes that may be going on to help
delegates gain a better understanding of the skills and attitudes that promote
constructive therapeutic alliances.
Pre course requirements: have attended a basic mental health awareness course
Name of trainer: Steve Gardner
Who should attend: This course will equip delegates who work or are in contact with
people who have a diagnosis of ‘Personality Disorder’ or present behaviours which are
common to this vulnerable group of people.
Course level: Level Two (Intermediate)
What you will learn
Have learnt about the relationship between Personality Disorder and Mental
Have learnt how this group of service users may feel and experience the world.
Be informed about the classification of personality disorder and associated
Have discussed the causes of personality disorder and explored attachment
Be able to identify formal and legal structures that exist to manage the care and
support of this group of service users and what statutory services have to offer.
Have learnt and practiced some available working tools.
Have explored how working with this client group can make us feel.
Course timings: This one day course will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm with short comfort
breaks, morning and afternoon and a one hour lunch break
9.30am Welcome, ground rules and learning outcomes
9.45am Attitudes to Personality Disorder – brainstorm. How we feel working
with this group of people. Where the term comes from? The relationship
between Personality Disorder and mental illness.
10.15am Defining Personality – into small groups to define personality and its
functions. Explore the traits model
10.45am Personality Sub-types
11.30am Exercise in pairs to consolidate personality sub-types
12.00pm Effects on individuals and teams. Explore concepts of transference,
splitting, boundaries, projection, being a ‘special person’. How do we
counter this? Use of supervision
1.15pm Fun quiz
1.30pm Working tools exercise – which tools do we use, which could we use
2.00pm Case study using the working tools
3.15pm Personality Disorder film
4.00pm Treatments and services
4.30pm Evaluations and close