Introduction to Personality Disorder Cert

Introduction to Personality Disorder Cert
It is envisaged that students will have support within their work environment to ensure that study remains practice-related. The module focuses on introducing sources of knowledge about personality disorder and how to develop evidence based practice in your area of work. It doesn't equip you with the skills to carry out personality disorder assessments, for example, but you will be expected to critically evaluate practices in your place of work and introduce evidence based ideas for change. The course is delivered by both academic staff and practitioners in the field. Support workers, mental health workers, prison officers, health and social care professionals are invited to apply.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Full-time: One semester either half a day per week or a full day every fortnight.


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Specific entry requirements for this course include:

  • Candidates should be working in a clinical setting that is deemed appropriate and work with personality disordered individuals
  • Students are advised to seek support from their employer for the duration of the course.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The content of the course recognises the wide area of current research in personality disorder, and its relevance for practice. This includes:
  • Theories of personality disorder
  • Assessment tools and processes
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Models of delivery
  • Evaluation of programmes of care
  • Ethical issues
  • Policy and social context
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Teamwork
  • Supervision models

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will produce a 2,500 word case study which examines the worker's role in the care of an individual with personality disorder. The assignment will aim to explore personal and professional approaches to personality disorder using reflection and evidence-based theory

Use of lead lectures/presentations, workshops, self-awareness groups and case studies, with seminar groups for student presentation, reflective learning and discussion

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

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

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE

Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839