Personality disorder

Personality disorder is a very common but misunderstood disorder that many of your service users will be diagnosed with. There are ten different types of personality disorder split into three different groups, and each has its own characteristics and behaviours that need to be understood before they can be effectively managed.

Personality disorder

Many of your service users will have a diagnosis of personality disorder. Are personality disorders simply a label? Or are they an important diagnosis that can help us to understand some of our most challenging clients? Do the terms ‘psychopath’, ‘sociopath’ and ‘anti-social personality disorder’ mean the same thing and are they always a risk to others? Are those with borderline personality disorders always likely to self-harm or attempt suicide? What’s the difference between obsessive personality disorder and OCD?

You will learn:

  • The causes of personality disorder including conduct disorder as a risk factor
  • Prevalence rates in the UK and in different sub-groups, such as offenders
  • To understand the three broad categories and the ten different types of personality disorder
  • To understand the signs, indicators and behavioural patterns of personality disorder
  • To explore a client’s perspective of personality disorder
  • To explore and then dispel some of the common myths and attitudes towards personality disorder
  • To be aware of boundaries and risk management relating to personality disorder
  • To discuss ways to engage, work with and motivate clients with personality disorder
  • To explore formal treatment options for personality disorder, joint working and discuss professionals who do not see personality disorder as a mental health issue
  • To understand the impact of other mental health diagnoses as well as dual diagnosis on clients with personality disorder.

Who should attend?

All staff will benefit, but particularly those who are working with service users with mental health issues, substance misusers, homeless people and offenders.

Personality disorder

Danny McGowan

Mental health and wellbeing Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis, and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT.

Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the  topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk