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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Core Competency Workshop (2-days) (May)

Event description

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.

This training aligns to Capability 10 (Delivering compassionate care, support and treatment) of the Victorian Mental Health & Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework.


Note: Spectrum has a lived experience workforce who are consulted in the development and delivery of Spectrum training materials.This training is suitable for workers and clinicians who seek to develop a basic understanding of working with people with BPD and its associated complexities.

As generalist treatments emerged to provide less specialised treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD), researchers have identified the commonalities shared by both specialist and generalist treatments. These are referred to as the ‘common factors’ in psychological treatment. This BPD Core Competency Workshop has been developed with consideration to these common factors in the hope that an understanding of the core competencies may assist clinicians to contribute to the recovery journey of people with BPD.

The aim of the workshop is to upskill mental health professionals to work effectively with people experiencing BPD and their families. Mental health professionals can effect positive changes in people with BPD and their families at every single clinical interaction whether at community mental health facilities, private psychology clinics, emergency departments, general practice, private psychiatry practices, inpatient mental health facilities or mental health support service settings.

The workshop will cover the ten core competencies that mental health professionals require to enable them to work effectively with people with BPD as follows:

- Co-existing disorders in BPD
- Treatment principles & Treatment structure
- Working with suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury behaviours
- The therapeutic relationship & Clinician self – awareness
- Skills development focus
- Partnering with families, partners and carers & Focus on recovery


Lilli Haig-Wood, Spectrum Personality Disorder Service & Kerrie Clarke, CMHL

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