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Working with Personality Disorder

Our ever popular Working with Personality Disorder (PD) training programmes are all about helping delegates better understand PD and refresh skills and confidence working with a group of people so often dismissed by services as too difficult or too complex to work with in any meaningful way.

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Personality Disorder is one of, if not the most, challenging areas of mental health.

Development of care pathways (NICE, 2009a & NICE, 2009b) and increased efforts to develop services for people with Personality Disorder have made a significant difference in recent years, but providers of mental health and social care continue to experience difficulties understanding this disorder and coping with the day to day difficulties of working with people who are, by default, often challenging, demanding and chaotic.

Our Working with Personality Disorder course programmes use thought-provoking and lively content to demystify the subject.


We use video clips and small group exercises, and help delegates use intuitive techniques such as Mind Mapping to illustrate the often highly complex world of Personality Disordered service users.

We look at the various sub-catgories (or 'flavours' as we call them) such as Anti-Social, Borderline and Narcissistic, and examine delegates' own case studies to shine light on why people with Personality Disorder behave the way they do.

The focus of our programmes is on development of skills, exploration of attitudes and recognising well evidenced treatment and support approaches that can be part of day to day interaction with serivce users. Our training programmes are highly flexible, constantly updated and can be tailored to the learning needs of, for example, prison officers, housing support workers or health care staff.

Working with Personality Disorder is perhaps best delivered as a one or two-day in house course, but can also be run as one of our Bite Size Courses. We can also deliver a Train the Trainer programme and Training Packs for this subject area.

Not quite what you're looking for? Take a look at What is Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder? or Working with Challenging Behaviour

Learning Objectives

During the course we’ll be enabling delegates to:

  1. Define and describe the often controversial nature of personality disorders

  2. Identify local treatment and support approaches and signpost service users to appropriate services

  3. Evaluate best practice and evidence in supporting personality disordered service users

  4. Describe interpersonal skills and organisational approaches (The Toolkit) that have proved helpful in working with PD

  5. Identify responses and attitudes raised by working with serivce users who can prove to be difficult and unrewarding

  6. Present case studies giving evidence of positive outcomes

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