Introduction to working with people diagnosed with personality disorder


People diagnosed with personality disorder are seen as complex to work with, and with few specific services available to refer to, social workers are often left struggling to know how to support them. This session will offer:

  • Practical advice on understanding the issues this client group faces, assessments and interventions.
  • An outline of the different types of personality disorder and issues that are specific/common to the diagnosis, for example, trouble with relationships, self-harm or suicidal feelings.
  • Advice on how to carry out a strengths-based risk assessment.
  • The strategies and psychosocial interventions that social workers can use to work with individuals to help them deal with their feelings/emotions.


Keir Harding, clinical lead, Beam Consulting

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