In-house Training

TATRA is able to run workshops for organisations on-demand, presented by Hanna Nowicki (BA,Psych, BLL, Postgrad.Soc.Admin, Cert IV Training & Workplace Assessment). These presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation and presented as 2-day, 1-day or half-day workshops.

Please contact us for rates and more information. Minimum number of 20 participants required.

 

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Understanding and Responding to Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment and Management Techniques that Work

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are among the most challenging to work with of all people with mental health issues. They may be impulsive, unstable, non-compliant, “manipulative” and self-harming. Far too often such people are managed by under resourced services without the support or guidance of the mental health system. This situation results in poor case management, inadequate resolutions and repeated crises causing cost blowouts and stretching resources even more.

The aim of this seminar is to provide insight into the complex world of Borderline Personality Disorder and equip the participants with practical strategies for responding effectively to the complex and often perplexing behaviours displayed by these challenging clients. Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) remain one of the most complex types of clients for most human service professionals. Perceived as exasperating and “impossible,” clients with BPD often confuse, frighten and frustrate the workers. It does not need to be this way as there are new, innovative and empirically validated methods with proven effectiveness for managing and treating the behaviours of this often bewildering client population.

This workshop will foster an understanding of the specific challenges associated with caring for individuals with personality disorders. Practical and powerful methods for effectively managing and treating clients with BPD will be presented. It is an interactive and fun workshop. Case studies, quizzes, group tasks and movie illustrations will be used to make this not only a valuable learning experience but also an enjoyable one. The content will include description of BPD, , the etiological issues, neuroscience research of BPD, and most importantly, strategies for managing them.

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Engaging Clients Who Are Hard to Engage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engaging Clients Who Are Hard to Engage

The techniques you will learn in this workshop will be useful in avoiding generating resistance on the part of the client, and will lead to positive client outcomes. They are easily integrated into any treatment model and are complementary to your knowledge of Motivational Interviewing.

 

First, the issue of why people change and why, at times, they resist change will be explored. The many meanings of what is commonly referred to as resistance will be explored..Your understanding should then lead you in developing approaches to managing resistance. The tool box of techniques provided in this workshop will assist you in gracefully and eloquently managing client reactions.

 

The techniques presented in this workshop will improve your confidence in working with mandatory clients; those who are in denial or those who treat you with the "I don't know" answers or with silence. Hopefully, you will be able to move quicker into addressing critical issues, and pseudo co-operation will be avoided. Not only the treatment time will be decreased, but you will avoid being frustrated, stressed or burnt out as your ability to avoid futile battles with clients will improve. 

 
   

 

 

Understanding and Responding to Personality Disorders I

Individuals with Personality Disorders are among the most difficult to treat of all people with psychiatric disturbances.  They may be impulsive, unstable, non-compliant, manipulative and self-harming.  Far too often such people are managed by under resourced services without the support or guidance of the mental health system. This situation results in poor case management, inadequate resolutions and repeated crises causing cost blowouts and stretching resources even more.  

 

TATRA Corporate and Allied Health Training Services has developed a workshop which will foster an understanding of the specific challenges associated with caring for individuals with personality disorders. This is an interactive and fun workshop.  Case studies, quizzes, group tasks and movie illustrations will be used to make this not only a valuable learning experience but also an enjoyable one. The content will include a definition of personality disorders and their types, how they develop, the underlying causes behind each and, most importantly, strategies for managing them.

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Understanding and Responding to Personality Disorders II - Advanced Module

The aim of this seminar is to provide more insight into the complex world of Personality Disorders and equip the participants with more strategies for dealing effectively with difficult behaviours displayed by Personality Disordered clients.

The Program includes:
  • Introducing ten Personality Disorders: Narcissistic, Borderline, Dependent, Avoidant, Schizoid, Antisocial, Paranoid, Histrionic, Schizotypal and Obsessive-Compulsive and what they have in common.
  • Providing DSM-IV assessment of Personality Disorders
  • Introducing management strategies for each type of Personality Disorder.

This workshop will foster high levels of self-sufficient practice among professionals who are not mental health practitioners but who deal with personality disordered clients on an ongoing basis.

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Creating Harmony Among Your Employees - Personality Disordered Individuals in the Workplace

This seminar is the third in the series of presentations on personality disorders and difficult behaviours. The aim is to help employees deal with dysfunctional people on the job. The emphasis is on difficult behaviours within the workplace displayed by highly functioning individuals with traits that are characteristic of personality disorders.

 

The program includes:

  • Identifying the types of problems that can be encountered.
  • Introducing the ten personality disorders: Narcissistic, Borderline, Passive-Aggressive, Dependent, Avoidant, Schizoid, Antisocial, Paranoid, Histrionic and Obsessive-Compulsive and what they have in common.
  • Recognising the early warning signs to look for when recruiting and interviewing. 
  • Understanding the cost of personality disorders to organisations.
  • Introducing coping strategies: what to do if your co-worker is problematic, how to act if you are managing a personality disordered individual.

The format includes separate presentations of each type of personality disorder and will have two parts. In the first part, participants will learn how to recognise and classify specific types of personality disordered behaviours.  In the second part, they will learn strategies to deal with or cope with individual disorders.

The educational purpose of this seminar is to assist in creating efficient, work-focused and productive working environment in your teams and organisation. The knowledge acquired during the day will assist in the early detection of problematic situations within the workplace, in order to prevent time consuming conflict resolution, mediation sessions, litigation and to decrease the rate of work related stress and absenteeism.  It will also help decrease the personal damage to those employees who have to interact with personality disordered co-workers.

 
   

 

Suicide Risk Assessment - 2 Day Workshop REVISED!

With suicidal behaviours presenting a major clinical dilemma to health and allied health workers, it is imperative that professionals who have contact with people at risk of suicide know how to respond to such behaviours competently and sensitively.

 

We currently offer a 2-day workshop. Both days of TATRA's Suicide Risk Assessment workshop are at an advanced level. The first day stands on its own and can be attended independently from the second day. However in order to attend the second day the first day must have been completed

 
   

 

 The Tip of the Iceberg: Understanding and Responding to Self-Harm

This course will offer helpful guidelines to workers who wish to improve their capacity to respond usefully to clients who self-harm.

  • Understanding self-injury and its context
  • Models of self-injury
  • Strategies to reduce or stop self-injury
  • Various treatment approaches which can be integrated to create an effective recovery model

The course is designed in such a way that all the information given to professionals is immediately translated into conveying the same information to the client. Numerous activities and exercises to be used as therapeutic tools are given.

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 The ABC of Mental Health - 2 Day Workshop

This course will provide you with an overview of the competencies and knowledge required for working effectively in organisations with programs providing support, rehabilitation and vocational services to clients with mental health issues. It is an interactive workshop with case studies, group discussions and video illustrations.

You will leave this workshop with an in-depth knowledge of mental health issues including early warning signs of mental illness and current treatments and pathways to referrals.  You will be able to perform mental health assessments including Mental Status Examinations which will improve the effectiveness of your referrals and communication with mental health services.  This workshop will also equip you with good understanding and translation of mental health jargon and assessment tools used by experienced mental health practitioners. 

Whether you work in the government or non-government sector, including schools, child protection, correctional, employment, housing, and other such services, these skills are vital as early interventions are only possible if early warning signs, and other signs of mental health issues are recognised, understood and responded to competently.  You will leave this two-day workshop refreshed, positive and confident that your new skills can be implemented the very next day you are back to your workplace.
 
This course will provide you with a framework and structure to:

  • Support people with mental health issues
  • Work collaboratively with child, adolescent and adult mental health services and schools
  • Prevent mental health problems and facilitate early identification of mental health issues
  • Improve the understanding, recognition, management and prevention of mental health issues

Treatment approaches will be discussed in relation to each group of disorders.