Short-Term Psycho Educational Programme

The Short-Term Psycho Educational Programme is an 8 session group based intervention programme. This weekly programme gives people information and advice about personality disorders, explores coping strategies and introduces people to the concepts of Mentalization and Mindfulness.  The programme helps people develop a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.


The Short-Term Psycho Educational Programme will have educational aspects but will also provide group members with an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences. There will be a maximum of 12 members in the group. The programme is helpful for those who have never engaged in a group or who are uncertain around group work. It also gives people a chance to find out what it is like to be in a group without having to make a commitment to longer term treatment.  Group-based treatment can be challenging but can also help people realise they are not alone and that other people with long-term problems can recover.  There is good evidence to suggest that group-based treatment combined with individual support is an effective approach to helping people who have personality disorder.

The aim of the programme is:

  • To develop group members understanding of personality disorder
  • To consider on-going difficulties related to personality disorder
  • Develop understanding of how these difficulties may be managed
  • To think about how your relationships can be improved
  • To assess whether further treatment would be helpful.

Upon completing the programme, members will have a better understanding of their difficulties. The next steps following the programme may include:

  • Attending The Waterview Centre’s 18 month treatment programme.
  • Referral to other treatments such as creative therapies or substance misuse services.
  • Considering services in the voluntary sector.
  • Discharge to primary care services (back to the GP).