Certificate in Working with People with Personality Disorders – Online – 24 hours

Course Content:

Living with a personality disorder causes significant distress to our clients, who are easily misunderstood and mistreated. This 4 day course (over 2 Saturdays and 4 Weds evenings) 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:

First Saturday:

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

Evening Sessions:

‘Suspicious’ personality disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal personality disorders

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

Emotional and impulsive personality disorders (part 2): Narcissistic and Anti-Social personality disorders

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

Final Saturday:

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

Core clinical skills – managing risk and boundary setting

Pre-Course requirements: Participants should be qualified counsellors or in training and ideally seeing clients in placement.

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

Course Cost: £455 – A deposit of £55 to be made when booking, with the balance of £400 being paid by 31st March 2022. 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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£455 - A deposit of £55 to be made when booking, with the balance due by 31st March. Details will be sent regarding payment of the balance.

Booking and Dates

30th April to 28th May 2022


Upcoming Dates:

Dates & Times:

Saturday 30th April : 9.30am – 4.30pm

May 4th, 11th,18th; 25th : Wednesday Evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday 28th May: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cancellation Policy:

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


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Rachel Hopping

Geoff Hopping

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