Introduction to Personality Disorder - Certificate
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Introduction to Personality Disorder - Certificate

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4.1 (35 ratings)
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Last updated 12/2017
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • State what is personality disorder?
  • Understand the development of personality disorder
  • Understand basic theories of personality development
  • Know about some of the origins and causes of personality disorder
  • Be familiar with how personality disorder is assessed and diagnosed
  • Work through a number of tasks and case studies
  • Have a greater understanding of some of the treatment options available
  • No previous knowledge or experience in working with Personality Disorder is required
  • An interest in the subject

Another excellent course by Kevin O'Doherty, author, psychologist, cognitive behavior therapist and expert witness.  The course is suitable for anyone with a personal or professional interest in personality disorder.  Made up of high quality video presentations, audio files, handouts, power-point slides, tasks and exercises and case studies, the course is packed with information that will help you understand this fascinating subject.  The course looks at the origins of personality disorder, the development of "normal" personality, causes of personality disorder, assessment and diagnosis pf personality disorder, treatments and interventions for personality disorder, professional working standards and practices, boundaries for staff and personal safety.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who works in mental health settings
  • Anyone working in health and social care settings
  • Anyone with a personal or professional interest in Personality Disorder
Course content
Expand 23 lectures 01:49:25
+ Introduction
23 lectures 01:49:25

This is a welcome and overview of the course

Preview 02:12

Thanks for purchasing the course.  This video gives an overview of what is covered in the course, the resources involved and whop can benefit from the course. Advice is also given to students who are taking the course individually as well as those studying in groups.

Preview 01:57

Here we look at what is considered "normal" personality development and how this differs markedly from personality "disorder.  Each is compared and contrasted.

Preview 05:05

Here we look at why the diagnosis and the actual term "personality disorder" is still controversial in health, social care and mental health settings, and indeed in the community at large.  Students are asked to consider why this is so.  We move on to discuss the pros and cons of assessment and diagnosis of personality disorder.

Preview 03:23

Here we begin to explore the different types of personality disorder and the student is encouraged to do some research on ten different categories of personality disorder.  Audio presentations towards the end of the course will clarify the diagnostic criteria for each of these ten personality disorders.  We also look at how personality disorders are assessed and diagnosed, we explore where the diagnostic criteria is laid down and can be accessed by the student.

Different Types of Personality Disorder (10 most common)

Here we begin to look at what research tells us about some of the causes of personality disorders, including biological, social, cultural and childhood experiences.  It is important to point out that there is not one, distinct "cause" of personality disorder, but rather there are a number of influences that are known to play a part.

Some of the Known Causes of Personality Disorder

More on some of the factors that are known to play a part in the development of personality disorder then, with an emphasis on childhood experiences.

Childhood Factors and Personality Disorder in Adulthood

Finishing off on some of the known factors that play a part in the development of personality disorder, here we look at the range of influences that make up the Biopsychosocial approach.

The Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Personality Disorder

Here we look at how our attachment during childhood can perhaps make us more prone to developing personality disorder.  Different family environments are explored with an emphasis on quality of attachment, love, care and support being important.  Myths around certain family types being negative, are dispelled.

Attachment During Childhood and Personality Disorder in Adulthood

We move on to look at what the evidence tells us about the role of trauma during childhood and the later development of personality disorder in adulthood, perhaps as a defense mechanism...the individual's bets way of surviving the trauma.

Childhood Trauma and Personality Disorder in Adulthood

Here we explore 2 prominent schools of thought that attempt to explain personality disorder, behaviorism and humanism.  Each is described in terms of the development (as they would propose) of personality disorder.

Behaviorism and Humanism Understanding of Personality Disorder

Here we look at the diagnosis of personality disorder.  We explore how mental health clinicians and psychiatrists assess (through clinical interview, assessment, observation and feedback from families of the patient) the individual and seek to understand the nature of the symptoms they have been experiencing, in order to, hopefully, arrive at a clear cut, reliable, informed clinical diagnosis of the specific personality disorder that the patient has (if in-deed they do)

Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality Disorder

An important part of assessment of personality disorder is the exploration of thoughts (about self, the world and the future) and affect, i.e, how the individual expresses and deals with emotions.  Here we begin to explore these all important factors in the life of the patient.

Thoughts, Feelings and Behavior in Personality Disorder

Here we look at vulnerability factors in the development of personality disorder, what are some of the factors that [perhaps make us more likely to go on to develop and personality disorder.  These vulnerability factors have been explored and have been shown to be clinically important in pd development.

Vulnerability Factors in Development of Personality Disorder

Here we look at resilience factors, these are the factors that are know to be protective, that (according to research) make us less likely to develop a personality disorder.

Resilience Factors and Personality Disorder

Here we explore the pros and cons of diagnosis of personality disorder.  We look at the arguments on both sides of the debate and the student is encouraged to reach their own conclusion o the issue.

The Pros and Cons of Diagnosing Personality Disorder

More information here on the diagnosis of personality disorder and how the psychiatrist will look at a whole range of information, including the "cluster" of symptoms that the individual has been experiencing.  This along with the extensive clinical interview and the gathering of additional data leads to the successful diagnosis of the specific type of personality disorder that the individual is assumed to have.

Clusters of Symptoms and the Diagnosis of Personality Disorder

Here the individual is encouraged to complete a research task.  Specifically, you are asked to research 4 specific assessment tools related to personality disorder assessment.

Research Task with Assessment Tools for Assessment of Personality Disorder

Here we begin to look at the concept of treatment and therapeutic interventions for personality disorder.

Therapeutic Interventions 1

Continuing with the theme of interventions for people with personality disorder

Therapeutic Interventions 2

A controversial phenomena in working with clients who have personality disorder is the concept of splitting, where staff are effectively "split" in their work with clients, affecting team dynamics and professional standards.

The Phenomena of Splitting in Personality Disorder

Professional Boundaries are the lines that are drawn between what is acceptable and unacceptable actions for staff members and professionals.  Here we look at what boundaries are, why we need to have them and how we can effectively implement and maintain them professionally and effectively.

The Importance of Boundaries

Thank you so much for your dedication in completing the course, well done!  Hope to see you soon on one of my many other courses on Udemy!

Conclusion, Thankyou and Goodbye!