8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
In this introductory session, we will address your specific learning needs through:
- Introduction to the main themes of this seminar
- Alignment of the seminar objectives with your own learning goals
- Discussion of your coping skills in challenging situations
- A team building or group exercise may be included.
Understanding Personality Disorders
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
Classifications of Personality Disorders
Personality disorders are sometimes complex and challenging to identify. The DSM-V (Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) will be used as the framework for this session.
- What are the ten personality disorders described in the DSM-V?
- Application of the diagnostic criteria: how do you know it’s a personality disorder?
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
Demonstration of online CPD resources available to Ausmed Education members
Personality Disorders – The Challenges
Differences in opinions, staff culture and lack of understanding all contribute to feelings of frustration among healthcare professionals. In this session discussion, case studies and role-plays in relation to these disorders will increase your understanding of management in the clinical context, this includes:
- Co-workers with personality disorders
- Manipulative behaviour and staff-splitting: strategies and practical communication approaches to overcome the frustration
- What works and does not work – role plays
- Dissociative identity disorder
12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking
Paranoia is associated with a wide range of mental illnesses, though often presents as a key
symptom in people with a personality disorder. What is it and how do you work with it?
- Where does paranoia come from and how do you classify it?
- What would make you think that someone is exhibiting patterns of paranoid thinking?
- How does this condition interrelate with schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or avoidant personality disorder?
- Guidelines for coping with and helping people who are paranoid
What it is and what it is not. How to assess self-harming behaviour and alternatives to offer clients.
- Interactive case discussion or video on self-harm
- Reasons for self-harm (internal processes, communication behaviour, suicide)
- Interrupting self-harm – a simple pathway to follow
- Alternatives to self-harm
How to Manage Other Persistent Unstable Behaviours
People who persistently manifest with unpredictable and unstable behaviours pose particular
challenges for those working in health care. This interesting session examines some scenarios that will assist you to understand their management.
- An exploration of the problems encountered in those with a complex mental health disorder
- The therapeutic relationship – what are the major elements which facilitate and sustain it?
- Unmotivated for treatment and impervious to recovery – is this true?
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
The Use of Treatment Agreements
- Understanding the role and purpose of behavioural agreements between clients and mental health workers
- How you can adapt your own management plan to your setting
- Getting the content right
- Case studies involving treatment agreements
4:15pm - Close of Day One of Seminar