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Lecture Overview

In this lecture, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke explains to her audience the aspects of personality disorders commonly seen in the healthcare setting. This overview provides learners with an insight into psychopath and sociopath disorders, as well as some useful strategies when caring for these patients.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


31 Total Rating(s)
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bronwyn ann beecroft
28 Dec 2019


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Lindsay blow
14 Oct 2019

To be better aware of people and patients and understand personality disorders. This gave me a better depth on this disorder

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Michele Selby
12 Oct 2019

Informative and interesting

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Linda Mai
10 Oct 2019

Great resource!

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Virginia O'Bree
03 Oct 2019

This was interesting and helpful. Seem to be caring for many more with mental health issues in general nursing now. So need a few skills!

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Harry Rauker
30 Sep 2019

very interesting and informative

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Claudia Tait
29 Sep 2019

Well rounded overview with practical strategies

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Di Thomlinson
25 Sep 2019

Very valuable, presented by a very personable and knowledgeable clinician.

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Andrea Porteous
24 Sep 2019

Excellent description of a recent manager! Great strategies discussed.

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Julie Booth
22 Sep 2019

Excellent presentation. Great information and strategies on interacting with these clients.