Practical Strategies for Responding to Personality Disorders

Practical Strategies for Responding to Personality Disorders

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Personality Disorders constitute one of the most fascinating areas in mental health.  It is also one of the most challenging one to treat and manage.  The clients whose problems meet the DSM-5® criteria for personality disorder may require more time in therapy, more energy and involvement on your part.  Some experience a greater number of life crises, and create more upset with their family, work, and social systems than virtually any other diagnostic group. Often being “sent” for therapy rather than choosing therapy, their motivation for change may be limited and their personality disorder is likely co-morbid with other exacerbating disorders.


Far too often such clients 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.


Join us in this online recording created by TATRA Corporate and Allied Health Training Services in order to foster good understanding of the specific challenges associated with caring for individuals with personality disorders. This is a comprehensive and fun course, heavily illustrated with case studies, learning activities, and movie illustrations.  The content has been extended, and you will receive 12 CPE learning hours for participating in this course.  Presented by the trainer with 21 years teaching experience and 27 experience in mental health who facilitated this course multiple times nationally to the multiple audiences from various backgrounds.


The content will include definitions, descriptions of all personality disorders, their types, and, most importantly, strategies for managing and treating them.  You will learn how to engage your clients which is a difficult task in itself because many people with personality disorders do not see the reason for treatment and they usually defer responsibility to others, as part of the disorder.  You will find that this course will help you to understand this fascinating client population and that your confidence in caring for them will significantly increase.


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, learning tasks and movie illustrations will be used to make this not only a valuable learning experience but also an enjoyable one.

  1. Develop good understanding of the specific challenges associated with caring for individuals with personality disorders.
  2. Learn practical methods for effectively managing and treating clients with Personality Disorders.
  3. Learn and practice powerful techniques that will assist in lessening the Borderline PD disorder.
  4. Understand a range of various behaviours in each personality disorder type and adapt strategies accordingly.
  5. Effectively assess specific needs for each personality disorder and adapt treatment; understand the limitations.
  6. Understand personality disorders in both the clinical context and in the workplace.
  7. Learn strategies for managing personality disorders in various settings.
  8. Outline treatment modalities that should be utilised.

Hanna Nowicki (Postgrad. Soc. Work, LLB, BA Psych)


Hanna’s background is in social work, psychology and law. Her professional experience is wide ranging. She has worked in suicide prevention, mental health, child protection, multi-cultural practice, and taught social policy at university. She has developed and presented multiple workshops on personality disorders, self injury, suicide risk assessment, depression, engagement techniques and introduction to mental health.


Hanna has been one of the most prominent trainers in Australia, since 1996 she has trained 20,000 professionals nationwide whilst working with Suicide Intervention Programs, NSW Institute of Psychiatry and, predominantly, TATRA Training Services. She is known for practice-based approach and a “know-how”  teaching style.   Her session are interactive and fun.  She is the founder and owner of TATRA Training Services.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 12 sessions of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable supplemental notes and case studies. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 12 learning hours.  A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short multiple-choice assessment test. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.