Working with Crises Associated with BPD (1-day)

This one-day workshop is for mental health clinicians working in emergency or crisis services, from emergency departments, triage, crisis assessment teams to case managers actively working in rostered function.

The workshop will focus on engaging effectively with clients presenting with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who have suicidal ideation and/or non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and who require a crisis response. It will include the complexities of assessing and working with risk associated with BPD, and how the National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines inform risk assessment and effective crisis responses, as well as how clinicians can respond therapeutically to crisis.

This event will cover:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of BPD and some of the factors contributing to its development
  • Explain the importance of incorporating compassion in the therapeutic relationship. Describe techniques to building a therapeuti
  • Describe the impact of transference and counter-transference on treatment planning and collaboration. Highlight the benefit of r
  • Distinguish between acute and chronic risk as it relates to suicide and NSSI and utilise an appropriate framework to assess this
  • Understand the importance of self-care, self-awareness and reflection in the context of counter-transference when engaging with


  • Samantha Tabak (Clinical Psychologist) — Spectrum
  • Kat Kahler (Mental Health Nurse) — Spectrum

Eligibility criteria

Prerequisite: Previous experience or training in working with people with BPD, e.g. Foundation Training for Working with People with BPD or BPD Core Competency Workshop delivered by Spectrum.

Categories: Capability 9 - Delivering holistic and collaborative assessment and care planning, Capability 10 - Delivering compassionate care, support and treatment
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Lifespans: Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Thursday 22 February 2024
09:00 to 16:30
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