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Inside the Mind of Borderline Personality Disorder

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The Pavilion St Mildred's Centre Bingham Road Addiscombe Croydon CR0 7EB

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Forensic Psychotherapist Elizabeth Ross will be delivering this one day workshop for Care To Listen

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This is an experiential workshop designed to help counsellors see the condition through the eyes of the clients and to challenge unhelpful stereotypes.

Elisabeth Ross is a former director of One in Four UK and currently works with the Irish Catholic Church counselling service 'Towards Healing', running their trauma recovery programme for survivors of clerical and ritual abuse. Her clinical specialism is extreme abuse and working with survivors of organised crime.

This is a workshop created in partnership with clients diagnosed with BPD.

‘You are a borderline personality disorder and there is nothing we can do for you. You might grow out of it’ (a comment from a NHS psychologist to my client)

Arguably the most challenging and disliked clients in the whole mental health service are people diagnosed with ‘borderline personality disorder’ (BPD). This workshop wants to challenge this rather unhelpful label through the eyes of these clients.

Morning Session:

We will start with an introduction and understanding of complex trauma.

Followed by a group constellation of a (real) client’s mind, which gives us therapists an opportunity to understand and learn from her by being ‘in her mind’. We will be able to experience the impact of trauma on the personality structure, the attachment system, issues around transference and countertransference and the difficulty therapist’s face in their consulting rooms in trying to form a therapeutic relationship. We will experience how a perpetrator ‘brainwashes’ and ‘controls’ the victim’s mind from within, and discuss the conceptualisation of the presence of ‘an evil spirit’ (client’s view) from a therapeutic, religious and spiritual perspective.

Afternoon Session:

In the afternoon we will continue to work from inside out through the group constellation.

The concept of structural dissociation of the personality will be introduced. We will challenge the DSM V of what the definition of a ‘personality disorder’ actually means, followed by learning about psychosis, schizophrenia, hallucinations, delusions, and hearing voices and a discussion about using a dissociative attachment model for traumatized clients.

Throughout the day, the latest research, various client’s experiences of ‘what works’ for them, creative work and art material will be presented.

By the end of the day, through the group constellation, we will sum up the necessary stages of healing in the ‘treatment’ of BPDs.

The participants need to be aware that the constellation of the client’s mind will not be sanitised, and there will be swearing and language some people might find offensive. The presenter expects therapists to take care of themselves, as the workshop might be challenging and can trigger therapist’s own unresolved trauma issues

Suggested dress code: very comfortable

Elisabeth Ross MBACB (Accr),

AdvDip in Forensic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Elisabeth is a psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor in general and forensic practice in south London. One of her clinical specialisms is extreme abuse (spiritual, satanic, ritual abuse and mind control) and working with survivors of organised crime.

Her specialism in forensic therapy is working with all kinds of sex offending, and working with people who are thinking of offending against adults and children, but have not done the crime yet. She is also interested in terrorism, extremism and mental health.

She provides general supervision and specialist supervision for therapists within the trauma field as well as forensic supervision.

She runs workshops based on material prepared in partnership with clients called INSIDE OUT: Inside the mind of a ‘borderline personality disorder’, Into Dangerous Places: inside the mind of a sexual and violent offender, Beyond Comfort: inside the mind of a person suffering from eating distress, Counselling the Unimaginable: inside the world of African Witchcraft, Inside the mind of a spiritual abuse survivor and ‘From Exorcism to Psychotherapy’.

Elisabeth has held key posts including Director of One in Four UK, working with survivors of child sexual abuse (2005-09), and Chair of the UK Forensic Therapists Association (2008-14). Elisabeth has worked for the Irish Catholic Church counselling service Towards Healing for the past 17 years and runs their ‘Trauma Recovery Programme’ for survivors of clerical, religious and industrial abuse in London.

She was a member (2009-11) of the board of the Criminal Justice Forum of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Elizabeth is currently also a Restorative Justice Officer.

Website: http://www.elisabethrosspsychotherapy.co.uk

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The Pavilion St Mildred's Centre Bingham Road Addiscombe Croydon CR0 7EB

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Bingham Road, Addiscombe

Croydon

CR0 7EB

United Kingdom

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