Certificate in Working with People with Personality Disorders – 4 days – Online

Course Content:

Living with a personality disorder causes significant distress to our clients, who are easily misunderstood and mistreated. This 4 day online course (over 4 Saturdays in September) aims to present a comprehensive overview of personality disorders, delivered by trainers with specialist clinical and research expertise in psychotherapy with this client group. There will be an emphasis on current thinking and the development of core clinical skills, as well as the use of case studies and group discussion to bring to life this complex area of clinical practice.

Course outline:

Week 1

Overview – what is a personality disorder and what does it look like in clinical practice?

Understanding early traumatic attachments and their implications for personality disorders

Week 2

‘Suspicious’ personality disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal and Anti-social personality disorders

‘Emotional and impulsive’ personality disorders (part 1): Borderline personality disorder

Week 3 

Emotional and impulsive personality disorders (part 2): Narcissistic and Histrionic personality disorders

Anxious personality disorders – avoidant, dependent and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Week 4

Core clinical skills – creating healthy therapeutic relationships and managing transference-countertransference dynamics

Core clinical skills – managing risk and boundary setting

Participant Numbers: There will be a maximum of 30 participants on this course

Course Cost: £445 – A deposit of £50 to be made when booking, with the balance of £395 being paid by 4th August. Details will be sent regarding payment of the balance.

Refund Policy: Payment The deposit is non-refundable. 50 % of balance will be refunded for cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice

Course Tutors: –

Dr Rachel Hopping is a Counselling Psychologist and a UKCP registered Psychotherapist who has specialised in the field of Personality Disorder. During her training she joined the clinical team in an NHS Personality Disorder treatment programme and remained there for over 10 years. The programme delivered an intensive, long-term combined group and individual therapy developed using Mentalisation and Therapeutic Community principles. Rachel went on to develop the research unit for the service, encouraging an examination of the treatment model upon a range of clinical outcomes for clients diagnosed with personality disorder.

Rachel utilises an Integrative Relational model of psychotherapy, which centralises early relational experience upon the development of the self and later pathology. She incorporates these perspectives into both her practice and teaching, placing the quality of relating between therapist and client as the primary factor for growth and change.

Geoff Hopping CTA (P) TSTA (P)

Geoff has worked in the field of mental health since 1970. Initially trained in psychiatric nursing and social work he started his psychotherapy training in 1990, firstly in TA and later in psychoanalysis- he also did a Jungian supervision training.

After 20 years in private practice, he joined the clinical team at Whitemoor Prison initially as a group therapist and then as a Consultant Psychotherapist in the personality disorder service.

Geoff has trained a wide range of people in the field of personality disorders as well as being very experienced in general psychotherapy training and supervision.

He is currently in ministry training at the One Spirit interfaith foundation. He is particularly interested in the relationship between culture, oppression and personal mental ill health and is currently running courses that integrate ideas at the interface between spirituality and psychotherapy.

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£445 - A deposit of £50 to be made when booking, with the balance being paid by 4th August. Details will be sent regarding payment of the balance.

Booking and Dates

4th to 25th September 2021


Upcoming Dates:

Saturdays: 9.30am – 4.30pm (GMT)

September 4th, 11th,18th and 25th (4 days)

Cancellation Policy:

50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice


Online Event (Zoom)


Rachel Hopping

Geoff Hopping

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