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Training and Consultation

Members of our team are available to provide visits to voluntary organisations to discuss support the project may be able to provide in working effectively with personality disorder. Typically, this involves agreeing a bespoke training package based on one of a number of models.

Knowledge and Understanding Framework Personality Disorder Awareness Training

The KUF Personality Disorder Awareness training is part of a wider training and education framework commissioned in December 2007 by the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice. The training aims to provide delegates with a basic knowledge and understanding of personality disorder to work more effectively with service users with a diagnosis of personality disorder. Training takes place over three days and includes access to a virtual learning environment.

LiveWork C & I are rolling out the KUF Awareness Training in London in parntership with Emergence. The training is being funded by the Department of Health for 2010-2011.

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DBT Influenced Training

DBT Influenced Training: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a treatment for Personality Disorder which has been shown to be effective through research. The training offered draws on the DBT model to assist staff in understanding personality disorder and also teaches some practical skills from the model which can be useful in working with clients with personality disorder.

The training is "bespoke", i.e. tailored to the needs of the organisation with the training menu including the following topics:

  • Recognising personality disorder
  • Validation & setting limits
  • Increasing collaborative behaviour
  • Maintaining effective relationships
  • Reinforcing positive behaviour
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Managing your own emotional responses

Developmental approach to working with personality disorder

The Developmental Approach to Working with Personality Disorder is a form of organisational consultation with an inbuilt teaching component. It provides an introduction to the unconscious processes involved in human development, human interaction, the dynamics of groups and organisations and the processes of care and treatment in an easily accessible way.

The aim is two-fold: firstly:

i) To enable workers to recognise how we are pulled into unhelpful practice.

ii)To use that recognition as information which will form the basis for better (because it is better informed) practice, both with service users and in team functioning.

The approach is based on the 'Short Course Intervention' developed at the Tavistock Clinic. It is now available to voluntary organisations in Camden and Islington working with people with personality disorder, in the form of a 10 week training course of 2.5 hours a week.

Getting in touch

To find out whether you are eligible for support please contact us livework@candi.nhs.uk

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