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Understanding Personality Disorders

April 27, 2021 - June 4, 2021


The Online Certificate Course on Understanding Personality Disorders will focus on developing a shared understanding of the experience of those who struggle with personality difficulties/disorders as well as their caregivers. As a mental health professional, you can expect to learn about and understand the different eco-bio-psycho-social factors that contribute to the development of personality difficulties/disorders as well as develop a skill set to assess their psychological needs and formulate treatment plans by involving the service user.

This is an online certificate course spanning 24 hours (overs 12 sessions, within 6 weeks). Regular Evaluation will be in the form of reflective essays.

Zoom link will be sent post confirmation of registration through full payment*

*all payments are non-refundable


1. Awareness

• Development of Personality

• PD in the Indian context

• Diagnosis


2. The Clinical and Caregiver Experience

• Distress over diagnosis

• Developing sensitivity to service user and caregiver experience


3. Theories and Principles, Assessments and Treatment

• Attachment Styles

• Defence mechanisms

• PD Pathways

• Bottom-up approach to assessing needs

• Integrated & holistic approach in planning treatment


4. Therapeutic Approaches, Crisis Management, Relapse and Growth

• Critical understanding of various therapeutic interventions

• Identifying and assessing risk

• Designing support plans

• Recovery vs Discovery


27th April4th June

Kindly check your availability for all dates before registering


6:30 – 8:30 pm;

Tuesdays & Fridays


INR 4800/- for Indian Participants

£50 for International Participants

About the facilitators

Anando Chatterji

Individual and Group Psychotherapist, CEO, Hank Nunn Institute.

In his 20 years of experience, Anando has worked with several people with severe psychiatric disorders. Over time he learnt that individuals with personality disorders/difficulties were highly misunderstood not only in the larger society but also within the mental health system. He is also a TCEPT-UK supervisor, individual and group psychotherapist, and a staff member on the International Network of Living Learning Experience.

Shama Parkhe

Individual & Group Psychotherapist, Psychodrama Practitioner, Clinical Director, Hank Nunn Institute

Shama believes that one’s cultural and social systems are highly influential in the development of their personality. For the past 6 years, she has been working with individuals experiencing personality difficulties in an individual and group setting using both psychodrama and group analysis. She also offers training and clinical supervision to students and young professionals. She is a staff member to the International Network of Living Learning Experience.

Ishani Badyal

Individual and Group Psychotherapist, Hank Nunn Institute

She completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mental Health Action Trust) in 2016 and has been working at Hank Nunn Institute since. She is currently training to be a group analyst. Ishani’s long-term goal is to open a mental health cafe that serves as a community center probably near the ocean or at the base of a mountain or both.


Neelam Khawani-Connett

Neelam has a diagnosis of, and lived experience of, personality disorder (PD); she graduated from a Therapeutic Community (TC) in South East England 10 years ago, having battled with her own depression from a very young age.  The skill-set she has developed allows Neelam to work collaboratively alongside mental health clinicians to deliver training in this subject to professionals, to raise awareness of PD in the U.K. and in India. She has worked with the services to meet with clients to encourage them to engage with therapy and seek treatment.  Neelam is also a group facilitator and helped establish the new TC in Buckinghamshire 4 years ago and to develop the Therapeutic Environments Practitioner Course (TCEPT) which is now due to start its 4th academic year.  She also participated in various activities with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London as part of the Community of Communities Project (CofC) and the Enabling Environments (EE) Project, leading TC reviews and EE assessments in the U.K. and Europe, as well as being an active member of the Advisory Group at the College.  Since relocating to India 3 years ago, Neelam has started an online support group for British and foreign nationals that became stranded in Goa and in India due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which is still ongoing 14 months later and has over 4000 members; she has also come on board with HNI and the Mosaic community and is a member of GreenCloud (part of Embrace TC in Berkshire), both of whom meet weekly, online.



April 27, 2021
June 4, 2021
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