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Critiquing Personality Disorder

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Critiquing Personality Disorder

A Social Perspective

AUTHOR : By Julia Warrener

ISBN : 9781909330818

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 24, 2017

Extent : 136 pgs

ISBN : 9781909330832

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 24, 2017

Extent : 136 pgs

ISBN : 9781909330825

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 24, 2017

Extent : 136 pgs

ISBN : 9781909330849

Edition No : 1

Publication : Apr 24, 2017

Extent : 136 pgs


In order to work effectively with people with personality disorders it is important that Mental Health Social Workers (MHSWs) have a clear understanding of trauma and its impact on the person. It is also important that they have good relational skills and the support of the team and organisation. Drawing on an analysis of the similarities (and differences) in service user and MHSWs’ perspectives, the book outlines the further skills, knowledge and conditions that will help them to make a more effective contribution to the support of those with personality disorder.

 The book will appeal to qualified Mental Health Social Workers and those on Post-Qualifying Programmes because, uniquely, it explores personality disorder from a social work perspective. 



Chapter 1; Personality disorder; classifications, myths and risks 

Chapter 2; Personality disorder; related to trauma

Chapter 3; Challenging the technical and rational: the importance of the social and the relational

Chapter 4; Research findings; working to empower a response to trauma

Chapter 5; Research findings; how practice might be better informed

Chapter 6; In pursuit of social justice: what is required?

Conclusion: a social perspective on personality disorder

Chapter 7; conclusion



Julia Warrener, PhD is currently a Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire teaching social policy on the BSc & MSc in Social Work programs. She qualified as a social worker in 1993 and has worked extensively with adults with mental health problems since 1995. In this time she developed a particular interest in personality disorder. She is also a researcher and committed to service user involvement in research and practice.  This book has evolved from qualitative research undertaken in the last 7 years which explored the experiences and perspectives of service users and mental health social workers on personality disorder. 

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