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Understanding and Working with Personality Disorders (2 days)

A totally new two day course on this challenging mental health diagnosis that explores the most important aspects for understanding the nature of personality disorders and outlines effective ways of working with them

This two day course provides you with a comprehensive overview of this diagnostic group along with best practice for working with them. You will find that assumptions you hold about this client group and how to work with them will be challenged and you will gain specific skills by the end of the two days. For instance, you will learn the basics of SET communication for constructive dialogues with P.D. clients and the most effective ways of providing a service to them (again, be prepared to have your accepted practices challenged). You’ll learn the practicalities of boundary setting with this client group and its surprising implications for much of your behaviour with clients that you had previously taken for granted. You’ll be introduced to the most effective therapeutic interventions currently available along with the practicalities of how to deal with common crisis issues which arise with this group of clients.

This Course with Explore

  • Personality Disorders (PD) - myths & legends and the nature of the problem
    • Attitudes towards PD and its reality including definitions;
    • Demographics, how people with a PD diagnosis see themselves and the world;
    • Service responses to PD, developmental and psychological causes
  • Personal communication skills and PD
    • Key attention and listening skills;
    • The production of S.E.T. statements; Demonstration and exercise
  • Team and Interagency responses to PD
    • Good practice guidelines;
    • The challenge of PD to established practices and training;
    • Exploring team responses
  • Adapting individual case work to PD
    • Boundary setting and policing;
    • The use of “self” in case work with PD;
    • Disclosure issues and PD
  • Individual planning with PD service users
    • L.T. vs. S.T. perspectives;
    • Use of M.I. techniques for eliciting benefits and negative consequences
  • Building motivation and commitment in P.D. clients: Demonstration and exercise
  • Crisis issues and how to manage them
    • Managing “untruths”;
    • Managing splitting and division with colleagues and other service users;
    • Managing suicidal threats and self harming behaviour

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

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