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Personality Disorders: The Impact on Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour

This workshop will discuss why it is important to identify personality disorders, the aetiology of personality disorders including trauma and other life impacts, and key features of each personality disorder. Participants will learn effective, safe strategies and responses for support.



The word ‘personality’ refers to the pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that makes each of us the individuals that we are. How we think, feel and behave depends on the situations we are in, the people with us and many other factors. This workshop will provide comprehensive information on conditions that affect personality which are so often misinterpreted and misunderstood.

(NOTE: Borderline Personality Disorder is not included in this workshop – this will be delivered as a separate workshop - Please see (Borderline Personality Disorder: Enhancing Understanding and Providing Support).

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Personality development and how one may develop personality issues or challenges

  • The complex aspects of various Personality Disorders 

  • Overview the diagnostic criteria and potential causes

  • The impacts on individuals and whānau

  • Challenging misconceptions and discrimination and understanding the impact of these

  • Recommended treatment strategies

  • Effective and safe strategies and responses for support

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around New Zealand and Australia.


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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