with Beren Aldridge
Sat 30 November 2019
£115 per delegate
What is the Understanding and Working with Personality Disorders about?
Understanding and Working with Personality Disorders is a 1 day training course. The day’s training will offer a non-medical, psychologically informed understanding of the experiences and behaviours experienced by people with diagnoses of personality disorder. The course will explore child development, attachment and early year’s trauma. Furthermore, we will support practitioners to develop a felt understanding of what people with this diagnosis might experience. We will also consider which differential diagnoses might be important to hold in mind.
First of all, we will differentiate between the ten main diagnoses in DSM-5. These are used within psychiatry to describe people’s experiences. Examining how they are ‘clustered’, we will explore what is similar and different about them. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of what these diagnoses mean. In addition, an understanding of what people with these diagnoses experience in practice.
Finally, we will consider approaches practitioners might take to better support the people they work with. Above all, how an approach informed by the understanding of the impact of trauma can make a significant difference in supporting people. We’ll use the Window of Tolerance model and case examples to explore this. And will look at how we can support people with this diagnosis to better regulate their internal states.
The course will teach and use the Transactional Analysis theory of ego (personality) states, and the difference between personality and core self. It will refer to the research work of developmental psychologist Daniel Stern, and Daniel Siegel’s model of the Window of Tolerance. In addition, we will explore the DSM-5 definitions of Clusters, that groups ten key personality disorder diagnoses.
The one day course costs £115 and runs from 10.00am – 5.00pm and includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is aimed at counsellors and therapists, those working in social care, housing and in mental health services. It requires no prior knowledge of personality disorders, though experience in working alongside people in distress or experiencing poor mental health would be valuable.
About the Trainer
Beren Aldridge PTSTA CTA MSc
Beren is a Certified Transactional Analyst, psychotherapist and supervisor working in private practice in Kendal. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the TA Training Organisation in Leeds and teaches on both their Foundation and Advanced Clinical programmes. Beren also works as a Mental Health consultant and trainer in businesses, the statutory sector and the third sector.
Beren’s formative working experiences have been within Growing Well, a farm-based mental health charity that he co-founded in 2004. After managing the organisation from its start-up until 2014, Beren stayed with Growing Well, founding a one-day per week, therapeutic community for people with diagnoses of personality disorder. There he worked with a team of colleagues as a psychotherapist, whilst also managing the service until 2018, when NHS cuts led to the winding up of the community.