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The Working with Complexity Training has been developed for mental health clinicians working with people with BPD.

This training involves a combination of didactic, dialogical and experiential training styles and activities, highlighting the following practice issues for effective support of people with a BPD diagnosis: the DSM-5 and ICD-11 diagnoses, a developmental understanding of BPD the complexities entailed by working effectively within and between teams and services that support people with BPD, the interactions between co-existing conditions with BPD, maintaining a recovery, person-focused approach when working with severe risk, common treatment principles and skills, creating a therapeutic frame and continuous reflective practice.
Recognise the influence of working with BPD on themselves as both a person and a practitioner, particularly with regards to the use of self, transference and counter transference and working in one on one and team contexts.

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
Work with BPD and its co-occurring physical and psychological presentations in the current Australian context, utilising the ICD-11 and DSM-5frameworks
Utilise the principles of working with BPD and complexity to create structure and focus for interventions that can be applied in their novel settings
Recognise and work with complexity within and between systems (emergency services, mental health services, inpatient units/ long term care facilities, child protection, Justice/ forensic system, NDIA/NDIS) and the broader system at large
Recognise the links between complexity and risk in working with BPD often founded in attachment and relational trauma and how literacy in these matters can assist with the development of appropriate treatment and recovery options
Recognise and respond appropriately to high risk behaviours including frequent non-suicidal self-injury / suicidality and the need for inpatient admission and extended care settings

Pre-Requisites: Previous experience or training in working with people with BPD, e.g. Foundation Training with Working with People with BPD.
The training will not cover foundational information in detail and it is expected you will have some understanding around the bio-psychosocial theory of the diagnosis of BPD as well as basic treatment principles.

Delivery Mode – Online via Zoom
There will be experiential activities, role plays and group discussions in addition to dialogical lecture-style delivering


  • Marianne Weddell (Clinical Manager & Clinical Psychologist) — Spectrum Personality Disorder Service
  • Dr Samantha Tabak (Senior Clinical Psychologist) — Spectrum Personality Disorder Service

Eligibility criteria

These are free events 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) and lived experience workforces (LEW) working in either public clinical or community mental health state-funded roles. Other workforce in partner organisations, such as AOD organisations or ACCHOs, may sometimes be eligible. Please note, if you do register for an 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: Capability 9 - Delivering holistic and collaborative assessment and care planning, Capability 10 - Delivering compassionate care, support and treatment
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Intermediate
Lifespans: Adult

Tuesday 20 June 2023
09:00 to 16:30
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Provided by Centre for Mental Health Learning (CMHL)
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