MSc in Personality Disorder (Practice Development) aims to shed light on this complex area of practice for the mental health professional. Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as ‘Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion’ (DoH, 2003), the impetus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continues with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlines the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care. It recognises the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. The MSc Personality Disorder through practice development is an innovative course, which provides students with an opportunity to enhance their understanding and practice within the area of personality disorder. Beyond this, it also aims to develop practitioners who can function at an advanced level and provide leadership and direct service development and planning for contemporary practice.
The MSc Personality Disorder (Practice Development) is a part-time programme of study. This means that you can enrol for up to 4 modules per year. For many healthcare practitioners, working full-time, this would be a heavy workload. If you enrol for the MSc award at the start of your programme of study, you will be expected to complete within 3 – 5 years.
The course attempts to discuss the key themes in current thinking around personality disorder, including the following themes: -Classification and nosology -Models and theories of personality disorder -Ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues -Assessment processes -Risk assessment and management -Team working and communication -Therapeutic environments and interventions -Critiquing research -Service development and design
The content reflects the need to develop evidence based practice and allows students to consider the main issues in the area of personality disorder.