Over the past decade attention to the provision of healthcare for individuals with personality disorder, particularly those who pose a risk to others, has substantially increased. Keeping pace with such developments with a suitably trained, consistent and motivated workforce, interfacing health and criminal justice systems where necessary, presents an enormous challenge. Staff must be experts in managing conflict at every level, while sustaining an optimistic and therapeutic orientation. Boundaried relationships provide the context for recovery for patients. Key principles and practices likely to promote resilience in personality disorder services, with a focus on the role of supervision, are outlined in order to support staff in keeping themselves afloat, their patients safe, and their services on target.