Taught course

Personality Disorder (Practice Development)

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Health
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma / Certificate. It is also expected that students will be working with individuals identified as experiencing personality disorder.

Months of entry

September

Course content

MSc in Personality Disorder (Practice Development) aims to shed light on this complex area of practice for the mental health professional. Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as - Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion (DoH, 2003), the imputus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continues with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlines the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care. It recognizes the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. The MSc Personality Disorder through practice develoment is an innovative course, which provides students with an opportunity to enhance their understanding and practice within the area of personality disorder. Beyond this, it also aims to develop practitioners who can function at an advanced level and provide leadership and direct service development and planning for contemporary practice.
The course attempts to discuss the key themes in current thinking around personality disorder, including the following themes:

- Classification and nosology
- Models and theories of personality disorder
- Ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues
- Assessment processes
- Risk assessment and management
- Team working and communication
- Therapeutic environments and interventions
- Critiquing research
- Service development and design

The content reflects the need to develop evidence based practice and allows students to consider the main issues in the area of personality disorder.

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36-60 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Post-registration Recruitment
Email
nursingcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 89 38 36