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 cognitive analytic therapy principles) will be used to practicing formulating the challenges in a way that can be communicated to others in simple terms, to promote more helpful responses from young peoples' systems.

This event will cover:

  • understand the potential consequences of reacting when we feel challenged
  • 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

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

Tuesday 18 May 2021
09:30 to 16:30
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Wednesday 19 May 2021
09:30 to 16:30
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via Zoom

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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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