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In this lecture, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke explains to her audience the aspects of personality disorders commonly seen in the healthcare setting. This overview provides learners with an insight into psychopath and sociopath disorders, as well as some useful strategies when caring for these patients.


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Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills, and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental health care. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters, and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention, and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.


13 Total Rating(s)
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Jack Doherty
17 Sep 2019

An excellent lecture, and speaks directly to common managerial behaviour in ambulance services.

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Friedemann Aaron Feuerstein
11 Sep 2019


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Mandeep kaur Jhajj
08 Sep 2019

Very knowledgeable ....she was good in giving examples

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Carolyn Wotherspoon
05 Sep 2019

Excellent. Concise, easy to understand presentation

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narelle windle
02 Sep 2019


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Gab Schaefer
01 Sep 2019

Good understanding for people not in Mental health. Very interesting.

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Robyn Joy Carter
30 Aug 2019

Cluster B Personality Disorders are common in aged care management and senior RN positions I have gained valuable insight into these toxic personalities and will implement this into my workplace.

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Total Rating(s)  13
Published22 August 2019
Expires29 April 2022
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