The aim of the workshop is to upskill clinicians to work effectively with people experiencing BPD and their families. Clinicians can effect positive changes in people with BPD and their families at every single clinical interaction whether at community mental health facilities, private psychology clinics, emergency departments, general practice, private psychiatry practices, inpatient mental health facilities or mental health support service settings.

The workshop will cover the ten core competencies that clinicians require to enable them to effectively work with people with BPD as follows:

1. Understanding BPD (including symptoms, prevalence, causes and evidence-based treatments)
2. Co-existing disorders in BPD
3. Treatment principles
4. Treatment structure
5. The therapeutic relationship
6. Skills development focus
7. Partnering with families, partners and carers
8. Working with suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury behaviours
9. Clinician self – awareness
10. Focus on recovery


  • Dr Samantha Tabak (Senior clinical psychologist and board-accredited supervisor.) — Spectrum - Eastern Health
  • Andy Bouwman (Mental health social worker) — Spectrum - Eastern Health

Eligibility criteria

Who should attend? Mental health clinicians and other professionals working with people with personality disorders.

Categories: Capability 9 - Delivering holistic and collaborative assessment and care planning, Capability 10 - Delivering compassionate care, support and treatment
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Monday 29 May 2023
09:00 to 16:00
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Tuesday 30 May 2023
09:00 to 16:00
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Ticket price includes both days

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