Occupations that Help, Occupations that Harm MHAG Study Day

A Discussion with Keir Harding and Hollie Berrigan

Venue Online via Zoom
Non-Member Price 75.00
Event Date 18 Jan 2023
Time 09.00 - 13.00
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MHAG Study Day, Wednesday 18th January 2022, 09:30 - 13:00

Online (Zoom)

MHAG present a morning with Keir Harding and Hollie Berrigan from Beam Consultancy to share with us their knowledge on working with people with personality disorders under the following theme:

"Occupations that help, Occupations that harm"

Exploring the work of helping people who cope in ways that can cause damage to themselves and their relationships.  We will think about different ways of understanding why people cope in the ways that they do and consider the occupational therapists role in working with the patient and environment to help people gain more of the lives that they want.

Presented by Keir Harding & Hollie Berrigan -

Keir Harding

Keir has worked in mental health in the NHS for 20 years.  This includes 8 years in specialist Personality Disorder Services where he led teams to win an NHS Wales award (2010) and be the only mental health team shortlisted in 2016.

Keir's MSc involved studying how organisations work effectively with the difficulties often labelled as personality disorder. His research project examined how a team he was part of was able to save several million pounds from their Continuing Health Care budget by ceasing the use of private mental health placements.

Keir has developed a number of Day Therapeutic Communities, is a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and Occupational Therapist.   He is experienced in consulting to organisations and individuals around complex mental health problems and has trained hundreds of NHS, Criminal Justice and 3rd Sector staff in this area. 

Keir has published literature in this area, contributed to Guardian publications, led symposiums at national conferences and writes a successful blog on the issues associated with Mental Health and Personality Disorder. 

Keir founded Beam as he recognised that organisations often struggle with those who feel chronically suicidal and use potentially lethal self harm.  He wanted to improve the experience of service users by helping organisations work more effectively and providing a realistic community option when it seems that enforced residential care is the only way forward.

Keir serves on the executive committee for the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder.

Hollie Berrigan

Hollie Berrigan is a Consultant Lived Experience Practitioner and Integrative Counsellor. 

Having experienced a range of situations, from voluntary and involuntary treatment, group and individual therapy, generic and specialist care, homelessness, emergency and crises services. This brings Hollie’s perspective added weight due to experiencing the majority of situations that she consults on on top of her clinical knowledge.  

Hollie is trained as an Integrative Counsellor and has a BSc in Psychology and Counselling, this adds a theoretical and organisational perspective to her input. Hollie frames her experiences in a way that people can understand and relate to. This combination of experience with insight, eloquence and theoretical underpinning allows it to be heard and adds huge value to all training, clinical and consultancy work. 

As well as the above mentioned qualifications, Hollie is also an accredited Peer Support Worker and accredited Hearing Voices Network Facilitator. As part of her freelance work she provides consultancy for other organisations, trains, mentors and provides peer supervision for residents working as Well-Being Navigators in prison settings, as well as speaking at various events and conferences throughout the year, repeatedly being part of award winning teams and projects.  

Having trained hundreds of people in the KUF awareness training for Personality Disorder nationally for a range of organisations and organised bespoke events, including her own bespoke trainings for Criminal Justice, Hollie is a well seasoned and gifted facilitator.    

Hollie is skilled at in depth risk assessment, complex case formulation and establishing the emotional containment and understanding of the client group required to help people move away from restrictive practice. 

Hollie is an active member of the British and Irish Group for the study of Personality Disorder a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and Chair of Pioneer LXP, a national organisation campaigning for and supporting LXP roles in healthcare and providing peer supervision for fellow LXPs. 

Booking Details:

  • This event is funded by the MHAG and is free for AOTI and MHAG members
  • There is a fee of €75 for non-members
  • Please register via link on AOTI website
  • This event is onlinne via Zoom.
  • Booking will strictly close on Monday 16th January at 17:00
  • Any questions to be directed to mhag@aoti.ie
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