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One of the significant challenges facing mental health and community based services over the last few decades has been responding to the complex needs of people and families living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Although there have been developments in treatments for sufferers, appreciating the impacts on and of caring relationships along with the consideration and support for families, has remained a marginalise area in mental health care.

The workshop will consider the significance and challenges of the relational system in responding to BPD/complex needs. It will provide a space to share our experiences, challenges and learnings. In an attempt at breaking the code surrounding this system, we will consider the value of working mindfully, relationally and collaboratively in supporting sufferers, supporters/carers, family relationships and ourselves. Drawing from a number of therapeutic traditions, we will sample key practices of Relational Mindfulness, Re-store(y)ing the Conversation-Restarting Reflection, Validating Communications and Relational Limit Setting.

This event will cover:

  • to reflect on and share your challenges, experiences, understandings and learnings of working with this complex needs client gro
  • increase understanding of the role of the relational system in responding to BPD/complex needs
  • relate the value of working mindfully and relationally with better outcomes for clients, supporters/carers, family relationships
  • practice some relational mindful key practices


  • Dr. Peter McKenzie (Carer Academic (Mental Health)) — The Bouverie Centre

Eligibility criteria

Community counsellors, family, housing, AOD and outreach workers, mental and community health practitioners.

Categories: Families & carers, Therapeutic theory & practice
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult

Thursday 13 May 2021
09:30 to 16:30
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The course cost is inc. GST

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