WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Training summaries, aims and objectives

Introduction to Working with Complex Needs (2 days) Aims and Learning Outcomes

Part 1 – Psychologically Informed Environments

Aim
To explore and understand the 6 key areas of PIE

At the end the course participants will have:

  • Begun to complete a PIE evaluation for their service
  • Looked at a psychological approach – Ladder for Life
  • Taken part in Reflective Practice

Part 2 – Introduction to Personality Disorder & Trauma Informed Practice

Aim
To provide participants with an overview of personality disorder & trauma informed practice

At the end this session, participants will:

  • Understand what personality disorder means
  • Have an overview of personality disorder diagnosis
  • Have been introduced to the concept of Trauma Informed Practice
  • Understand key principles of best practice

Part 3 – Risk Enablement

Aim
To revisit risk assessment and risk management as a means to getting the best out of situations for service users and their families

At the end this session, participants will have:

  • Revised the concept of risk and considered positive risk taking
  • Looked at practices that make dialogue and the recording of risk and recovery better

Part 4 – An introduction to challenging behaviour

Aim
To increase participants’ understanding of how and why challenging behaviour may present.

At the end the course participants will have:

  • Identified different types of challenging behaviour
  • Considered factors which contribute towards challenging behaviour 
  • Reflected on their own practice

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 interest 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 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 who have experienced complex trauma. It is required 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 day will incorporate a number of learning activities (for example presentation, group work and reflection) and will involve significant skills development exercises.

Understanding Multiple and Complex Needs as Experienced by Women

This training course has been produced for WY-FI and is being delivered by an expert in this field, Clare Jones. Previously, Clare was Joint CEO of WomenCentre and a founder and Steering Group member of Agenda for Women and Girls at Risk. She has since developed the Women Centred Working platform and written related publications. In 2012, Clare was awarded a CBE for her work with vulnerable women and now works nationally developing better services for women facing multiple disadvantage and providing better practice training in gender sensitive approaches for women with multiple and complex needs.

Aim
To increase knowledge and understanding of the nature of multiple and complex needs as experienced by women and how to improve ways of working to better support and enable them.

At the end this session, participants will have:

  • An evidence based knowledge of the nature of multiple and complex needs as experienced by women
  • Heard from the direct voice of women themselves through their own publications
  • An introduction to the characteristics of gender sensitive approaches
  • Considered the implications of the course content for improved design and delivery of services