Working with young people experiencing severe and complex mental health problems (including personality disorder) can challenge clinicians and multidisciplinary teams causing clinicians or teams to feel frustrated, stuck and burnt out. Such challenges can result in disagreements, and sometimes inadvertently to responses to the young person or their system that can be unhelpful. The use of a reflective, relational model (based on Cognitive Analytic Therapy principles) to formulate challenging patterns of behaviour can assist clinicians to work together more consistently and effectively, to share the formulation with others in simple terms, and to avoid colluding with maladaptive patterns that might make things worse.

This event will cover:

  • understand the value of having a shared understanding of challenges;
  • 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


  • Assoc. Prof. Louise McCutcheon (Senior Clinical Psychologist, Co-ordinator) — Orygen Clinical Training Team
  • Dr. Reem Ramadan (Senior Clinicial Psychologist) — Orygen HYPE program

Eligibility criteria


Categories: Younger persons mental health
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Advanced
Lifespans: Youth

Wednesday 16 September 2020
09:30 to 16:30
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Thursday 17 September 2020
09:30 to 16:30
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via Zoom

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 $220 per day of training.

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