Document your CPD for FREE

Get started with Ausmed to document your CPD online

Cover image for lecture: Understanding Personality Disorders

Lecture Overview

Personality disorders are some of the most controversial psychiatric diagnoses. They are usually associated with deeply ingrained, extreme, inflexible and maladaptive patterns of relating to and perceiving both the environment and themselves. This introductory session will review the condition. How are the terms ‘personality’ and ‘personality disorder’ defined? Foundational facts for developing an understanding of the differences between those who have a diagnosable personality disorder and those who do not.


Portrait of Geoffrey Ahern
Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


19 Total Rating(s)
Generic portrait
Jennifer Hudson
12 Dec 2019

Great lecture. It has helped me to be more aware of my personal biases.

Generic portrait
bronwyn ann beecroft
02 Dec 2019

comprehensive and illuminating

Generic portrait
Nicole Williams
20 Nov 2019

This was an interesting course. It keeps our potential for bias in check.

Generic portrait
Caroline Jenkins
19 Nov 2019

Excellent lecture I felt the lecturer gave an excellent overview of mental health problems and how as professionals we can get caught up in being so bias about people and their problems. it was a very valuable lesson .

Portrait of Robyn Forrester
Robyn Forrester
14 Nov 2019

Well organised, factual and well presented. Good information which was well integrated into the topic.

Generic portrait
Harrison Land
10 Nov 2019

Incredibly engaging and educational, speaker spoke well on the issues pertaining to the video

Generic portrait
Sue Bennetts
06 Nov 2019

The speaker and his attitudes to nursing in this area were excellent

Generic portrait
Sue Bennetts
06 Nov 2019

Both the topic, the speaker and his attitudes were exceptional

Generic portrait
Trevor Lowe
29 Oct 2019

I really hope that the rest of the day's , from which this video was made from, are available online (and if they are, my suggestion is to link them). The speaker is so incredibly engaging with his introduction to the topic and about challenging preconceived notions. He has such an incredible way of bringing examples into his dialogue and taking the viewers along a pathway of learning.

Generic portrait
Sarah Kroehn
22 Oct 2019

A very engaging speaker that challenged any biases I may have held. This lecture has been thought provoking and will lead to improved care for all patients with mental health conditions.