Principles and Treatment of Personality Disorder HEA3243


The module will specifically address the underpinning practical elements required in the care and treatment of this challenging, and often marginalised group of persons. The explicit aim of the module is to increase skills, attitudes, and your knowledge base in working with complex clients.

Module Code: HEA3243
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

The module seeks to underpin modern mental health practice and should inform co-ordinated mental health care interventions in health and social care practice. The module is specifically designed to accommodate staff from a wide range of disciplines and settings. The module further aims to address targeted interventions in community, outpatients, therapeutic communities, and secure settings.

Many clinicians are reluctant to work with people with personality disorder because they neither have the skills, training, or resources to provide an adequate service.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of workforces dealing with the challenges of personality disorder;
  • Provide an educational experience that focuses on the needs and experiences of service users;
  • Highlight the interpersonal nature of working with personality disorder and focus on the personal and professional development of students;
  • Equip workers with the necessary knowledge and skills that help assess and manage risk in relation to complex presentations;
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of effective team work and staff support when working with the challenges of personality disorder.

What will I study?

  • Co-existing mental health problems and mindfulness;
  • Medication and other management approaches in Personality Disorder (PD);
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) approach;
  • Risk assessment and management;
  • Managing principles in working with PD;
  • Psychopathy check list and International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE);
  • High profile cases with PD and working within available legal frameworks;
  • Livesleys framework - integrative and eclectic approaches.

How will I be assessed?

A 3,500 word case study that evidences a treatment and management approach adopted with an individual and/or group with personality disorder. The opportunity to challenge custom and practice and to critically analyse the effectiveness of treatment plans is crucial to drive up service standards and promote consistency.

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Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is an optional module on the following programmes: