1st Edition

Treating Personality Disorder
Creating Robust Services for People with Complex Mental Health Needs

Edited By

Naomi Murphy


Des McVey

ISBN 9780415404808
Published July 9, 2010 by Routledge
320 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This book considers personality disorders and how they are treated within the institutional context of prisons and hospitals and offers practical guidance on assessment, formulation and integrated treatment planning.

Treating Personality Disorder offers contributions from professionals in psychiatry, nursing and psychology as well as prison officers and service managers and areas of discussion include:

  • delivering integrated treatment to people with personality disorders
  • issues and challenges for the clinical professional
  • the role of the psychiatrist in treating personality disorder

Treating Personality Disorder will provide a timely and valuable guide for all professionals involved in the treatment and management of serious personality disorders within an institutional framework.

Table of Contents

McVey, Murphy, Introduction. Murphy, McVey, The Difficulties that Staff Experience in Treating Individuals with Personality Disorder. Evans, Watson, Assessing Personality Disorder within a Formulation Framework. Saradjian, Murphy, McVey, Delivering Integrated Treatment to People with Personality Disorder. Murphy, McVey, Fundamental Treatment Strategies for Optimising Interventions with People with Personality Disorder. McVey, Saradjian, Organisational Challenges to Providing Services for Personality Disordered People. Murphy, Effective Transdisciplinary Teamworking. McVey, The Role of the Nurse in Treating People with Personality Disorder. Jones, The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Treating People with Personality Disorder. Fox, The Role of the Prison Officer (Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder in the Prison System). Hawes, The Role of the Psychiatrist in Treating Personality Disorder. Ramsden, Beyond Therapy – The Wider Role of the Psychologist in Treating Personality Disorder. Sneath, Issues and Challenges for the Clinical Professional.

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Naomi Murphy is a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist with over 15 years experience of working with clients presenting with complex psychopathology. Naomi has been instrumental in developing services for people with personality disorder in the community, secure services and prisons. Naomi has a particular interest in the development of transdisiplinary teams.

Des McVey is a consultant nurse and psychotherapist with over 25 years experience of working within and developing forensic services. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of York and regularly teaches on nursing and clinical psychology courses. Des has a particular interest in developing strategies that maintain treatment integrity.