WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Stage 2

Working with Complex Needs (1 day each) Aims and Learning Outcomes (Participants will complete 3 of the following courses)

Understanding Personality and Personality Disorders

Aim

To enable participants to become more psychologically informed about the development of personality and personality disorders.

At the end of the course participants will have:

  • An understanding of the development of personality
  • Explored how someone’s past experiences can affect the present
  • An overview of personality disorder diagnosis
  • Related schema therapy to personality disorder
  • Reflected on their own practice

This one-day course is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of personality difficulties and disorders. It will focus on the development of personality using the therapeutic model of schema therapy to explore the impact of early life experiences on the adult self. The course uses a number of learning activities (for example presentation, group work and reflection) to help participants develop their understanding.

Trauma Informed Practice

The majority of people accessing mental health, substance abuse, homeless and criminal justice services have trauma histories. Despite this high prevalence the role of trauma is often unaddressed by both services and practitioners. Emerging evidence from the field of trauma research is leading to a new understanding of the psychological and neurobiological impacts of trauma and highlighting new possibilities for recovery.

Aim

To enable participants to become more psychologically informed about the impact of experiencing trauma.

At the end of the course participants will have:

  • An understanding of different types of trauma
  • An overview of diagnosis related to experiencing trauma
  • Been introduced to psychological models used to explain trauma
  • An overview of the principles of best practice
  • Reflected on their own practice

This course is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of trauma and the impact it can have on psychological and physical health. It will explore how experiences of trauma in both childhood and adulthood can affect people psychologically, physically, behaviourally and emotionally.

It may be of particular interested to practitioners working with people with experiences of trauma or diagnosed / experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD, psychosis and personality disorders. Furthermore, it complements the ‘Understanding personality + personality disorders’ training currently delivered by Community Links. The course uses a number of learning activities (for example presentation, group work and reflection) to help participants develop their understanding.

Working with Personality Disorders and Complex Trauma (level 2)

Aim To build on ‘Understanding Personality & Personality Disorders’ and ‘Trauma Informed Practice’ training and enable participants to apply practical skills to work more effectively with people diagnosed with or traits of personality disorders and complex trauma.

At the end this session, participants will:

  • Have been introduced to the principles of good practice guidance
  • Understand and have practiced skills for establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship
  • Understand and be able to identify cognitive distortions + dialectical thinking
  • Understand and have practiced validation skills
  • Reflected on how learning can transfer into practice

This 1-day course is aimed at anyone interested in developing their skills to work more effectively with people diagnosed with or traits of personality disorders and complex trauma. It is recommended that participants have completed ‘Understanding Personality & Personality Disorders’ and ‘Trauma Informed Practice’ prior to attending the course as it builds on the knowledge and psychological models covered during in this training. The course uses a number of learning activities (for example presentation, group work and reflection) and will involve significant skills development exercises.

Dual Diagnosis – For mental health practitioners

Aim To enable participants to work more effectively with service users with dual diagnosis issues.

At the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the relevant evidence base and good practice guidance
  • Have reflected on their own values/attitudes
  • Understand effects of substance use and its impact on mental health
  • Be able to undertake screening + assessment
  • Looked at a range of brief interventions to support change

This course is aimed at staff who primarily support people with mental health problems or distress and who also misuse drugs/alcohol. It will provide useful information about dual diagnosis good practice guidance, and look at a number of helping strategies to enhance participants’ confidence in addressing difficulties. The course uses a number of learning activities (for example trainer presentation, group work, skill practice and individual reflection etc.) to help participants to have a deeper insight into the challenges faced by those with dual diagnosis.

Dual Diagnosis – For substance use practitioners

Aim – This course intends to help drug, substance and alcohol workers to practice key techniques for supporting dual diagnosis issues

By the end of day participants will:

  • Have continued to build knowledge of mental health issues
  • Understand and practiced screening and assessment skills for DD issues
  • Understood the possibilities offered by guided self help

This course is aimed at staff who primarily support people who misuse drugs/alcohol and have mental health problems or distress. It will provide useful information about dual diagnosis good practice guidance, and look at a number of helping strategies to enhance participants’ confidence in addressing difficulties. The course uses a number of learning activities (for example trainer presentation, group work, skill practice and individual reflection etc.) to help participants to have a deeper insight into the challenges faced by those with dual diagnosis.

Learning disabilities, cognitive impairments and complex needs

Aim

To raise participant’s awareness of learning disabilities, learning difficulties and cognitive impairments which may be experienced by people with multiple and complex needs.

At the end of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the difference between learning disability, learning difficulty + cognitive impairment
  • Understand key diagnoses within these categories
  • Identify potential signs + symptoms
  • Understand the key components of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how to work within the act
  • Understand good practice guidance
  • Identify support and services available

The aim of this 1-day course is to raise awareness of Learning Disabilities with a particular focus on people with MCN (multiple and complex needs – at least two of: homelessness, addiction, offending behaviour and mental ill-health). It provides an overview of Learning Disabilities, the varying impact especially when present in someone with MCN. It then focuses on identifying signs and symptoms of LD that may be present and who to refer to/get further advice and support from.

Working with Psychosis

Aim

To introduce participants to key ideas and skills for best practice in supporting people experiencing psychosis.

At the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand different perspectives for understanding psychosis
  • Understand the benefit of a psychosocial perspective on psychosis
  • Look at applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills to working with the experience of distressing psychosis

This course is aimed at staff who are supporting people who experience psychosis that distresses them, or causes them problems in relationships with others. It will provide useful information about best practice, as recommended by NICE and the British Psychological Society. The course will involve skills development and uses a number of learning activities.

Next page: Stage 1 – Introduction to Working with Complex Needs (2 days) Aims and Learning Outcomes
Complex needs training suite home page: Introduction and application page