Working with young people who are experiencing severe and complex mental health problems (including personality disorder) can challenge clinicians and multidisciplinary teams. Such challenges can result in clinicians or teams feeling frustrated and stuck, and to inadvertent collusion with maladaptive patterns, which can make things worse.

Developing a team formulation of challenging patterns of behaviour has been demonstrated to assist clinicians to work together more consistently and effectively. A reflective, relational model (based on cognitve analytic therapy principles) will be used to practice formulating the challenges in a way that can be communicated to others in simple terms, to promote more helpful responses from young peoples’ systems.

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, we will be delivering this workshop online.
The dates and times of delivery will be the same.
The training will comprise didactic and interactive experiential sessions. The workshop will include PowerPoint slides, video clips, online documents, and both large and small group discussions. Regular short breaks will be included throughout the training.
Participants will need a computer, laptop or tablet with internet access and a working camera and microphone to take part in the workshop.
If you are unable to access any of the required equipment, or are unable to attend any part of the workshop, please let us know as soon as possible.
Pre-reading, handouts and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to participants via email prior to the workshop.

This event will cover:

  • understand the value of having a shared appreciation of understand the potential consequences of reacting when we feel challen
  • be familiar with a simple reflective model for use in team discussions
  • understand the core relational concepts and how these might be helpful
  • have practice mapping relational patterns
  • have practice identifying the pulls to collude with maladaptive patterns
  • have practice using simple language to convey the relational formulation to others.


  • Dr Louise McCutcheon (Senior clinical psychologist, coordinator Orygen clinical training) — Orygen specialist clinical program
  • Dr Reem Ramadan (Clinical psychologist, eating disorders coordinator) — Orygen specialist clinical program

Categories: Younger persons mental health
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Youth

Monday 25 May 2020
09:00 to 16:00
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Tuesday 26 May 2020
09:00 to 16:00
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Specific location and venue confirmed by provider upon registration.

Clinicians in private practice, or who are not Victorian public mental health professionals will be charged $440.00 per day of training.

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