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Training programme

Modularised training workshops

PICT’s Primary Care & Crisis Pathway team delivered a series of workshops in the first 6 months of 2015, each session lasting 2-3 hours, delivered to staff working in the Camden & Islington area (eg., GPs, reception staff, children and family practitioners, crisis/acute services, housing support, etc.)

A significant proportion of the content focused on trans-diagnostic issues such as 'looking after yourself' and 'effective interpersonal relationship skills'. The training was made available to practitioners across the system who work with (undiagnosed) personality disorder.

The goal was to enhance practitioners' understanding and practice in working with personality disorder and challenging behaviours. The focus was on practical tips and strategies, and exploration of team approaches.

The programme was delivered in two cohorts. The team are planning another cohort of training, expected to start in Autumn 2015.  Details to follow.

Working with personality disorder in acute and crisis care

Session 1: Awareness of personality disorder

Learning objectives

  • Have an understanding of how personality (disorder) forms
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of invalidating environments
  • Develop an understanding of the critical period
  • Develop skills in having a conversation re: personality disorder with a client who you think may meet criteria for a diagnosis

Session 2: Relationship skills

Learning objectives

  • An awareness of relationships in general and what helps to form a good relationship
  • An awareness and understanding in:
    • Validation Being authentic and open
    • Being optimistic
    • Being warm and non-judgemental
    • Non-verbal communication
  • An awareness of some motivational interviewing techniques.

Session 3: Developing a relational framework

Learning objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the relationship
  • Understanding personal and team boundaries and how to implement them
  • Understanding splitting, acting out and projection and what will help reduce this

Session 4: Role clarification, goal setting and collaborative working

Learning objectives

  • To know how to structure a session
  • To be clear about what your goals as a service are
  • To elicit goals from service users
  • To provide ideas about how to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with service users

Session 5: Assessing risk and crisis plans

Learning objectives

  • Respond effectively to a distressed person in crisis
  • Have an understanding and be able to apply a structured method for assessing risk
  • Develop a collaborative crisis plan Apply a scenario planning method to relapse prevention

Session 6: Review recap and self care

Learning objectives

  • An opportunity to problem solve specific scenarios/people
  • Review the learning across the 6 sessions
  • Develop an understanding in maintaining good self-care when working with individuals who we may find challenging
  • Practice any specific areas of development


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