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Postgraduate Certificate Course: Psychosocial Perspectives on Working with People with Personality Disorders.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

This newly-validated course has been developed jointly by staff from Millfields Personality Disorders Unit, The Therapeutic Community and Outreach Service and an independent expert-by-experience, in association with our partners in the Psychosocial Studies Faculty in the School of Law and Social Science at the University of East London.  It builds on key, recent policy recommendations outlined in Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion the Personality Disorders’ Capabilities Framework the Knowledge and Understanding Framework, ‘Relational Security’ and the ‘Psychologically Informed Environment’.

Guy Cross, Personality Disorder Policy Lead, Department of Health:

"The Post Graduate Certificate offers an excellent opportunity for health, criminal justice, local authority and third sector workers to develop their understanding of personality disorders. Delivering the course within a medium secure unit will provide a unique perspective".

The course aims to bring together practitioners from a wide range of forensic and non-forensic health, prison, probation, social care and housing, settings to explore common psychosocial themes and dynamics in their work with people with personality disorder. In this context an important aim of the course is to inform and improve the development of a positive working alliance, effective risk management strategies and more productive inter-agency collaboration.

The course combines study days with supervised practice. The study days, which will take place at Millfields Unit at the John Howard Centre (a medium secure unit in East London), include a formal lecture programme, reading groups, work discussion seminars and reflective groups. The supervised practice comprises small-group supervision with an experienced senior practitioner, within which students will have the chance to bring dilemmas and challenges for in-depth discussion and analysis.

Some of the psycho-social themes that will be addressed include:

What is Personality Disorder and whose problem is it anyway?

Mentalization, insecurity and disorganised attachment.

"From the inside" – service users' experience of their difficulties.

Collaboration and empowerment: the working alliance re-visited.

Addiction, violence and self-harm.

Perpetrators and victims.

Perversity and sexual offending.

Institutional violence and abuse.

Relational security and the psychologically informed environment

Containing anxiety in staff teams.

Effective risk management.

The PGCert carries 60 credits at level M that can subsequently be carried forward towards an MA in Psychosocial Studies at UEL.

The cost of the programme is £2,000, however, where two or more people from the same service attend together a reduction of 10% per person will be offered. A bursary might be offered in exceptional circumstances.

The first cohort of this new course starts in February 2013 and the closing date for applications is 30th November 2012. For more information about this programme please contact:

Icelyn Davis, Course Administrator

T: 020-8510 2630


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