Personality and Complex Trauma Pathway

Within FTB we work with individuals who will present with complex emotional, social and interpersonal difficulties that often fall under the umbrella of a diagnosis of ‘Personality Disorder.’

Our pathway works with individuals who will present with such difficulties and because of the developmental changes that individuals face, we gear away from diagnosis towards a more trauma informed way of thinking.

Within this pathway we aim to provide enhanced care and support to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties managing their emotions,  relationships and safety. This is done in a range of ways; from working directly with a child or young person, to supporting the professionals and teams around them to understand their difficulties and support them.

Our way of working

We're committed to making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents experiencing complex emotional, social and interpersonal difficulties. We understand that this can take time and that’s why we work with services both within and outside of Forward Thinking Birmingham.

We operate a needs-led way of working with children and young people, as we work towards recovery. We aim to work together with young people throughout this journey. We constantly aim to improve our services and that’s why feedback during and after your work with us is very important.

Care options and services

Within the pathway, we have various options of care and services we offer. We have a full Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) service that focuses on creating a life worth living for children and young people who are suicidal and who have gone through various traumatic events in their life.

We also have an Intensive Community Outreach Network (ICON) service that works with young people who frequently utilise hospital and crisis services, in order to better support them within the community than hospital. We incorporate a Structured Clinical Management (SCM) approach across Forward Thinking Birmingham so that we can support the maximum number of young people with complex emotional, social and interpersonal needs.

We also provide various group work ranging from emotion regulation groups to trauma groups. In addition to this, we have a Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) group.

Our teams consist of Clinical Psychologists, Lived Experience Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Psychological Therapists and Nurses, as well as Clinical Support Workers.