About this course

Structured Clinical Management (SCM) is an evidenced based approach that enables generalist mental health practitioners to work effectively with people with borderline personality disorder.  


SCM provides generalist mental staff with a coherent systematic approach to working with people with borderline personality disorder. It is based on a supportive approach with case management and advocacy support. There is an emphasis on problem-solving, effective crisis planning, medication review and assertive follow-up if appointments are missed. 

Aims of SCM training

By the end of the three day training, participants will:

  • Understand the rationale and evidence base for SCM
  • Show increased awareness of personality disorder
  • Develop skills to treat people with personality disorder comorbid with affective and other disorders
  • Be able to implement strategic and core processes of SCM
Who is the SCM training suitable for?

The course is suitable for all mental health professionals currently working with patients who have a personality disorder or whose personality interferes with treatment. No specialist or high level psychological treatment skills are required to attend the course.

SCM has been implemented successfully by general mental health professionals without additional specialist training. It is particularly suitable for mental health nurses, graduate workers and others interested in the treatment of personality disorder.

SCM commissioning

We currently run an SCM training programme funded by Health Education England for NHS England staff several times each year. We advise NHS England Staff to liaise with your service lead and HEE regional lead to request places on the HEE-funded SCM training programme. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families will deliver the SCM training programme for several cohorts of NHS England staff each year, over the next three years.

If this does not apply to you, we can deliver this training locally to organisations. The fee for the three-day programme delivered online is £750 per person and the training requires 28 - 36 participants. We charge an additional 10% fee for face-to-face delivery. 

In addition to the three live days of training, attendees would be added to an online training platform to carry out 11 hours of self-guided work during the training. If you are interested in commissioning the SCM training, please email 

Download the SCM Brochure

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

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