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Structured Clinical Care for Individuals with Personality Difficulties and Disorders University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development


11 weeks


Course overview

Personality disorder is present in over 4% of the UK population, with borderline personality disorder being present in just under 1% of the population, and is the most common personality disorder seen in clinical practice. People with personality difficulties and disorders have sometimes been excluded from any health or social care services because of their diagnosis. The award has been developed in response to the identified need of clinical staff with respect to working with these groups of people. The award facilitates the promotion and development of the knowledge and confidence needed by clinicians to offer structured care that improves outcomes for people with personality impairment.

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Course details

What you study

Topics include:

  • Understanding the key characteristics of personality disorders in general and borderline personality disorder specifically.
  • The therapeutic alliance
  • Assessment strategies with individuals with personality impairment
  • Risk assessment and positive risk management
  • Specific collaborative interventions for borderline personality
  • Active supervision processes
  • Structured multidisciplinary team working

How you learn

You learn through workshops, role-play activities, video demonstrations and self-directed learning. Your learning will be enhanced through e-learning@tees Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) via virtual discussions and blogs.

How you are assessed

A case study of an individual service user.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should:

  • Have registration with a recognised professional body within the health and social care fields
  • Be working at band 6 or above
  • Be working with a service user with a diagnosis of a personality impairment



Career opportunities

This award promotes the career opportunities of therapists working with individuals with personality impairment. On completion of the award you have the knowledge and skills required to work, with greater confidence, with this group of people.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 11 weeks
  • Start date: January
  • Credits: 30

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Service user and carer involvement

Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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