Social Perspectives on Personality Disorder (SW4716) Short Course

Social Perspectives on Personality Disorder (SW4716) Short Course
This module will provide students with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of personality disorder and associated assessments and interventions.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Within 3 months, comprising 6 days of teaching and experiential learning, plus self-directed study time.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at practitioners who already work in mental health services, and who wish to raise their awareness and refine their practice to incorporate a psychosocial, relationship-based approach. It is also open to those who are interested in developing their knowledge in this area.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module will provide students with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of personality disorder and associated assessments and interventions. Students will be able to critically reflect on and enhance their capacity for working with individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder from a social perspective. They will be able to make links with their current practice or approach, and explore further the inherent complex challenges that arise from this diagnosis.

The module covers topics including:

  • Social, political and psychological approaches and interventions and how they contrast with biomedical approaches (including aetiology and classification)
  • Models of intervention with mental distress – Cognitive behavioural and Dialectical Behavioural
  • Developing awareness of the emotional demands on the practitioner and the meaning of emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Understanding the significance of social capital, social exclusion and access to services for service users from diverse backgrounds
  • Professional responses – our own and others’ – and the multidisciplinary approach

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Written Critical Incident Analysis

Academic Expertise

Jill Hemmington, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically reflect on psychological, sociological and political explanations of personality disorder
  • Critically evaluate the models of personality disorder within the context of models of mental illness
  • Reflect on their own perceptions and values when working with personality disorder
  • Critically reflect on social explanations and approaches and how these differ from biomedical explanations
  • Critically review personal attitudes, values and beliefs regarding personality disorder
  • Critically examine the impact of evidence based practice on the effectiveness of a range of service options.

Industry links & professional accreditation

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Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Advanced Community JusticeProfessional Development and Practice , Specialist Practice with Adults Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees: £650 per 20 credit module for 2016/17 and 2017/18

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361