MHT12 – Mental Disorder and Antisocial Behaviour in Social Housing Settings:

Mental Health Training is one of the UK’s leading experts in this complex field of psychology. A pdf overview of this training can be downloaded here:  Antisocial behaviour and mental wellbeing in social housing

Much of the behaviour that challenges organisations, particular social housing providers may be the indications of psychiatric, neurological and abnormal psychological / personality disordered diagnosis.

Whilst it is totally inappropriate to ‘medicalise’ antisocial behaviour, rule breaking, emotional reactivity, care seeking behaviours, denial of responsibility and projection of blame onto others, delinquent peer group involvement, polysubstance misuse, deception, interpersonal cruelty and violence; such behaviours are identified within general psychiatry and appropriate strategies are in place for recognition, managed interactions and potential interventions.

This training focuses on the pathology of personality disorder, organic personality disorder and general antisocial behaviour. It aims to equip public-facing staff with a set of skills and knowledge to improve the outcome of interactions with individuals presenting challenging behaviour and /or mental health difficulties and to improve management of difficult situations in individuals by putting behaviours into a psychiatric context.

This training also studies a number of very serious assaults by individuals with mental health difficulties in both social housing and local government settings. Whilst we aim to de-stigmatise the association of mental illness and violence, there are very important lessons to be learnt.

The key areas of training include:

  • Recognising a psychiatric context to antisocial behaviour and difficult people;
  • A firm understanding of the routes and causes of antisocial personality disorder and the childhood / adolescent variants to improve communications skills, personal safety and safety management;
  • A unique and dedicated focus on the causes and triggers of violence by those with personality pathology;
  • Dynamic risk assessment practices to improve safety management through key understanding of situational and behavioural dangers;
  • An understanding of group dynamics and its relationship with pathological behaviour;
  • The psychology and problems associated with mental health difficulties in relation to paranoia, factitious disorders, borderline PD and self-injurious behaviour;
  • Key defusing skills dedicated to managing those with psychopathologies;
  • Body-language training to improve safety management and interaction skills;
  • An understanding of psychosis and delusional behaviour and any inherent dangers.

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