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This training is suitable for workers and clinicians who seek to develop a basic understanding of working with people with BPD and its associated complexities.

This workshop will provide a basic overview of signs and symptoms of BPD. The course will cover factors contributing to the development of BPD. It will offer a space for clinicians to develop an understanding of how to work effectively with people with BPD and will highlight the importance of therapeutic relationships. The workshop will incorporate a framework for assessing risk of suicide and NSSI and distinguishing between chronicity and acuity. Finally, clinicians will be supported to integrate these principles as part of effective treatment planning.

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
Develop an understanding of BPD and some of the factors contributing to its development
Explain the principles of a therapeutic relationship and working effectively with people with BPD
Distinguish between acute and chronic risk as it relates to suicide and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour (NSSI) and utilise an appropriate framework to assess for this
Understand the importance of self care, self awareness and reflection in the context of counter-transference when engaging with people who have BPD


  • Andy Bouwman (MH Social Worker) — Spectrum Personality Disorder Service
  • Kat Kahler (MH Nurse) — Spectrum Personality Disorder Service

Eligibility criteria

This is a free event designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). For example, a social worker working in mental health at Austin Health. Staff from MHCSSs, ACCHOs, AOD or other partner organisations may sometimes also attend. Please note, if you do register for this event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

Categories: Therapeutic theory & practice
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Tuesday 23 August 2022
09:00 to 16:30
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