Personality disorder is a recognised mental disorder. Studies have estimated that it affects between 4 and 11% of the UK population and between 60 and 70% of people in prison. Until recently personality disorder was neglected by services and often regarded as untreatable. However, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has published guidance on management and treatment and, gradually, more services are recognising and catering for this disorder. The evidence base is developing and the prognosis is no longer as negative as once thought.
The guide is taken from the “Working with personality disordered offenders. A practitioners guide”, produced by the National Offender Managers Services in conjunction with the Department of Health.
It has been produced to support offender managers. However, it is likely to be useful for others, including social workers, psychologists, prison officers, drug and alcohol agency staff and mental health nurses working in community and secure settings.
It provides information about personality disorder and practical advice on how to manage people who can be extremely challenging. It also considers the effect this work can have on staff wellbeing, identifying the signs and consequences, and suggesting how staff can protect themselves.