Dan Warrender is a registered mental health nurse and lecturer in mental health nursing at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. He has experience working in inpatient services as well as 1-1 psychotherapy settings, has trained as a mentalization based treatment (MBT) practitioner, and still works with people privately.
Drawn to the topic of ‘personality disorder’ through recognising it as an area where care could be drastically improved, his research has explored MBT skills for working with people with ‘borderline personality disorder’, students experiences and understandings of the topic, and his current PhD is focused on experiences of crisis and crisis intervention, studying the experiences of people diagnosed with ‘borderline personality disorder’, family and friends, and professionals involved in their care. He has presented and published in the area of ‘personality disorder’ regularly since 2013, and has been part of local and national groups exploring best practice and raising awareness, including the Scottish Personality Disorder Network where he has sat on the executive group since 2019.
Motivated by a desire to enhance care for people diagnosed with ‘personality disorder’, he has also been a very vocal advocate for improvements to mental health nurse education, raising the issue at the Royal College of Nursing Congress, again when being selected to give the annual keynote address to Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, and he is a key founding member of the movement ‘Mental Health Deserves Better’ (#MHDeservesBetter).
More about Dan, including links to publications and presentations can be found here: https://danwarrender.wordpress.com/