Social Work & Mental Health
Mr Joshua Cole RSW, MNCS (Accred)
Joshua Cole is a trained Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker (RSW), with years’ of experience, and significant expertise in, the counseling and treatment and support of individuals with complex needs, including personality, eating and dissociative disorders.Joshua holds a Post Graduate Diploma level (PG Dip) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mental Health, and achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Social Work from Sheffield Hallam University.
He’s Registered as a Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.With a strong background as a Mental Health Professional and practitioner, he founded and established BPDWORLD as a Registered Charity in 2003, a specialist organisation designed and constructed to offer information, advice and support to those afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Although no longer a registered charity, BPDWORLD continues to provide the same high-quality services to an expanding client base.
Joshua has a Master Practitioner Award from the National Centre for Eating Disorders, and is Certificated in the Treatment and Diagnosis of Dissociative Disorders. Joshua was previously a director of the company Simple Complexities Ltd, and has wide expertise in the delivery of psychotherapy services to people with complex personality and dissociative disorders.Joshua studied with Professors Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy (Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at UCL), to become certified in MBT (Mentalisation Based Treatment). This is an innovative treatment for personality disorder that can be implemented by nurses and other generic mental health professionals, making it generalisable to other services in the NHS.He also studied Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with Dr. Fiona Kennedy. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioural techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing, with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful-awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. It is the first therapy that has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of BPD. Joshua’s work has included:
- The delivery of appropriate psychotherapy services and professional advice as a Social Worker in a variety of secure and non-secure settings and environments, including prisons, local authorities and a secure mental hospital. He specialised in relationship, family, and child protection/safeguarding issues.
- He was commissioned as an independent consultant in the role of care coordinator with the social services department of Gloucestershire County Council. The Council had never previously appointed an independent practitioner to this position.
- The provision of specialist long-term treatment as a psychosocial development worker for four years to a group of 15 women in a low secure hospital. The women, who self-harmed regularly, were diagnosed as having severe Borderline Personality Disorder and considered to be a risk to themselves and others.
Joshua was recently requested to formally support the Quality Standard for Borderline Personality Disorder developed by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), as a direct result of his innovative work with BPDWORLD, and the charity being a Stakeholder for the NICE Guideline on Borderline Personality Disorder.
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