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Lecture Overview

Personality disorders are some of the most controversial psychiatric diagnoses. They are usually associated with deeply ingrained, extreme, inflexible and maladaptive patterns of relating to and perceiving both the environment and themselves. This introductory session will review the condition. How are the terms ‘personality’ and ‘personality disorder’ defined? Foundational facts for developing an understanding of the differences between those who have a diagnosable personality disorder and those who do not.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


23 Total Rating(s)
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Jennifer Ireland
17 Feb 2020

Great resource. I really enjoy that the presenter is very passionate about the topic.

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Annette Lowry
30 Dec 2019

Engaging and thought provoking.

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Jennifer Hudson
12 Dec 2019

Great lecture. It has helped me to be more aware of my personal biases.

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bronwyn ann beecroft
02 Dec 2019

comprehensive and illuminating

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Nicole Williams
20 Nov 2019

This was an interesting course. It keeps our potential for bias in check.

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Caroline Jenkins
19 Nov 2019

Excellent lecture I felt the lecturer gave an excellent overview of mental health problems and how as professionals we can get caught up in being so bias about people and their problems. it was a very valuable lesson .

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Robyn Forrester
14 Nov 2019

Well organised, factual and well presented. Good information which was well integrated into the topic.

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Harrison Land
10 Nov 2019

Incredibly engaging and educational, speaker spoke well on the issues pertaining to the video

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Sue Bennetts
06 Nov 2019

The speaker and his attitudes to nursing in this area were excellent

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Sue Bennetts
06 Nov 2019

Both the topic, the speaker and his attitudes were exceptional