May 2017 - eBulletin - Issue 1
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BPD - How can we reduce stigma?
SA launches new BPD website
Spread the Word!

Get Involved
Recovery Survey
Carer Survey Victoria
Trial of App


Regular Sections
Training & Events
Online Resources
For Consumers / Lived Experience
For Carers
Creative Corner
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Welcome !

I am so pleased that the Australian BPD Foundation, with generous support from Balwyn Rotary Club, is now able to produce both a monthly eBulletin – of which this is the first – and a quarterly Newsletter.

These publications will allow us at the Foundation, and our branches in NSW, SA and Victoria, to keep you abreast of matters in the BPD world.

The eBulletin will focus on news, training opportunities, conferences, employment and supports, while the Newsletter will contain more in-depth material; shared stories, research, interviews, opinion pieces, book and article reviews, and so much more. To this end, we’d love to hear from you and we welcome your ideas and contributions.

It’s our hope that these publications will not only inform, but help make a difference to the lives of those with BPD, their carers, clinicians and all people working in this area by encouraging open, stigma-free dialogue.

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Australian BPD Foundation

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BPD – How can we reduce stigma?

Young people who receive a diagnosis of BPD might represent a particularly severe subgroup “which could perpetuate the stigma associated with the condition”, according to the latest research bulletin released by Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

The bulletin went on to suggest that interventions designed to reduce stigma in clinicians can be helpful, “but they generally require a reasonably significant investment in time (up to 1–2 days of training) and, when voluntarily completed, may select out those with the highest level of negative beliefs.” Read more

SA launches new BPD website. is the new central point of information for consumers, carers, family members and health providers in South Australia. It has been developed by the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network, and includes information on how to access local support services. View here
Spread the Word !

As October’s BPD Awareness Week approaches mental health advocates around Australia need your help to lobby government for a funding commitment for treatment, research and education on BPD proportionate to its impact on society.

Please help by taking a moment to send this pre-written email to your health minister and mental health commissioner. Together our voices can make a huge difference. Simply enter your details, and an email will be automatically sent on your behalf. Thank you!


Get Involved


Recovery Survey - Do you have Borderline Personality Disorder?
Contribute to a short survey about recovery – we want to hear about your journey and experiences. This is a confidential and private University research study. Participate in survey

Carer Survey - Victoria: what works, what are the gaps in existing BPD services?
The Victorian Government and Carers Victoria are surveying the views and concerns of carers and organisations that support someone with a mental illness and other disabilities. Share your opinion, closes Friday 26th May. Participate in survey



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An App to Help People with Suicidal Thoughts
This trial of iBobbly is for the world’s first suicide prevention tablet-based app designed especially for use by Indigenous Australians. We are currently recruiting people aged 16-35 who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and who live in any of the following regions:
  • the Kimberley (WA)
  • Darling Downs (QLD)
  • Darwin and surrounding areas (NT)
  • Hunter New England (NSW)
If you would like to participate in this research please email will be asked a few questions over the phone to confirm whether the program is suitable for you Details

Training & Events
Project Air Strategy

Clinical Skills for Working with People with Self-Harm and Complex Mental Health Problems Including Personality Disorder
A one-day workshop for staff working in mental health and community or non-government settings. Details
May 15 – Campbelltown, NSW Register


Spectrum - The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria

Spectrum supports the treatment of people who have personality disorders and are being treated by Victorian State Government-funded Area Mental Health Services (AMHS, CAMHS and other state-wide mental health services). The service has an emphasis on those who are at risk from serious self-harm or suicide, and who have particularly complex needs. Details

Understanding and Working with Clinical Risk
For mental health clinicians supporting clients with BPD and non-suicidal self harm and suicidal risk.
May 5 – Fitzroy, VIC Register

Understanding and Treating People with a Diagnosis of BPD
For clinicians, nurses and other professionals.
May 11 – Fitzroy, VIC  Register

Managing Crises in People with BPD
A workshop for emergency department, crisis assessment teams and mental health clinicians
June 2 – Fitzroy, VIC Register

Creating Coherence: an Introduction to the Principles and Practical Applications of DBT
A two-day workshop with supervision available
June 21 & 22 – Fitzroy, VIC Register

 Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

National training program. Details
Aims to strengthen capacity of individuals & organisations to understand and respond to young people's mental health needs.
Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder
For those working with young people in a variety of settings
June 15 & 16 – Melbourne, VIC Details

Orygen Youth Health – Training for Local Community Professionals

Local training program. Details
Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder
A free half-day seminar for clinicians/workers/teachers of 15-24 year-olds in the north–western Melbourne catchment area.
May 17 – Parkville, VIC Details and Register

Self–Harm and Suicide
Full-day workshop for clinicians/workers/teachers in North Western Melbourne catchment area
June 21 – Parkville, VI. Details and Register

Centre for Mental Health Education – Australia DBT Institute 
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Babette Rothschild - last tour of Australia!

Stabilising Traumatised Individuals for Assessment and Initial Interventions
Psychotherapist & trauma expert Babette Rothschild explores Somatic Trauma Therapy & Trauma Informed Care approach. (CPD) Details
29 June – Brisbane, QLD

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Australia Institute Training

DBT Workshops for clinicians and community workers (CPD) Details
Introduction to the Management of Emotion Dysregulation using DBT
May 4 – Melbourne, VIC
May 12 – Perth, WA

Individual Therapy in DBT
May 5– Melbourne, VIC

Skills Training in DBT
May 13 – Perth, WA

Comprehensive Training in DBT
June 17 – Sydney, NSW
June 24 – Melbourne, VIC

Working with Youth in DBT
June 20 – Sydney, NSW
June 21 – Melbourne, VIC

Comprehensive Training in DBT
For Mental Health Professionals – (12 month program)
June 17 – Sydney, NSW
June 24 – Melbourne, VIC

DBT Supervision
Monthly face-to-face supervision Details
May 17 - Highett, VIC
June 14 - Highett, VIC

Online, weekly chat room with a variety of online resources. (Six month commitment) Details


Expressive Therapy Clinic

DBT training as well as Art Psychotherapy in association with DBT twice per year. Details and Register
Intensive DBT Training
28 & 29 May Brisbane, QLD
18 & 19 June, Melbourne, VIC

Local Health District – Illawarra Shoalhaven, NSW

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High
A one–day workshop aiming to introduce professionals to the ‘Staying Connected When Emotions Run High’ framework — strategies that will become a resource to someone who displays impulsive and destructive behaviour or is diagnosed with  emotion dysregulation (including personality disorder).
May 19 – Worrigee, NSW Details


Mental Health Professionals Networks

Victorian BPD Mental Health Professionals Network
Borderline Personality Disorder: A New Way Forward
Free. Guest speaker Prof Jayashri Kulkarni considers new approaches to treatment and a correlation with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
May 10 – Melbourne, VIC Email to register interest

SA and NSW BPD Mental Health Professional Networks - meetings to be scheduled, see next months eBulletin.


Mentalization Based Treatment Association

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Professor Anthony Bateman
from the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, is presenting a 3-day workshop on Mentalization Based Treatment for qualified health professionals in Sydney & Perth, and a 2-day practitioner’s course in Perth for those who have completed the Basic Training Course.
MBT: Basic Training Course
May 4,5 & 6 – Sydney, NSW Details
July 17,18 & 19 – Perth, WA Details
MBT: Practioner Course
July 21& 22 – Perth, WA Details


NEA–BPD Training and skills

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Alan Fruzzetti of the Harvard Medical School, in conjunction with the Byron Clinic and Family Connections, is running a number of courses as well as free training for those wishing to run NEA–BPD’s free Family Connections program.

Treating Emptiness, Anhedonia, Relationship Chaos and Difficult Problems
This two-day course focuses on how to use mindfulness skills to reduce life-threatening and severely impairing behaviours, along with detailed work on both emotion regulation and relationship techniques. Open to all therapists. Register
June 20 & 21– Sydney, NSW
June 22 & 23 – Melbourne, VIC
June 29 & 30 – Brisbane, QLD

Family Connections – Volunteer Leaders Training
Open to carers and clinicians – become a volunteer leader and co-facilitate an education, skills training and support program for people with a loved one who experiences BPD symptoms. Details

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Family Connections Leader, please register your interest by email
July 1 & 2 – Brisbane, QLD


SAFE in Oz

An Introduction to Working with Individuals who have Self-Destructive Behaviour
This is a two-day workshop for professionals, carers, family & friends (6 CPE points)
See the website for details and use this generic form to register for any of the following
May 1 & 2 – Yarram, VIC
May 11 & 12 – Boort, VIC
May 15 & 16 – Darra, QLD
May 18 & 19 – North Rockhampton, QLD
May 22 & 23 – Port Augusta, SA
May 25 & 26 – Hove, SA
May 29 & 30 – Alice Springs, NT
June 5 & 6 – Uralla, NSW
June 8 & 9 – St Peters, Sydney, NSW
June 12 & 13 – Bunbury, WA
June 15 & 16 – Kalgoorlie, WA
June 19 & 20 – Esperance, WA
June 22 & 23 – Midland, WA
June 26 & 27 – Fremantle, WA
June 29 & 30 – Wodonga, VIC

TATRA Training

Working with Clients with Complex Issues: Integrated Techniques for Working with Emotional Dysregulation, Unresolved Trauma, Complex Resistance and Chronic Anger and Hate
Dr Daniel Short PhD, presents a ‘use what works’ approach with DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy and Trauma-focused CBT. (CPD) Details
June 14  – Sydney, NSW
June 16  – Melbourne, VIC
June 19  – Brisbane, QLD
June 21  – Adelaide, SA
June 23 – Perth, WA

University of Melbourne

Graduate Certificate in Youth Self Harm and Suicide
University of Melbourne, VIC. Twelve month online award course – Details

VICSERV – Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria

Foundation in BPD for the Mental Health Community Sector Workforce
May 17 – Elsternwick, VIC Register


WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health

Dissociative Disorders
Workshop for mental health workers and others who have contact with people experiencing these illnesses. Scholarships available for a consumer & a carer.
June 13 – Perth, WA 


APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference – 30 June to 2 July 2017

The 5th APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

There will be three keynote speakers: Dr Stan Tatkin, whose expertise is in Couple Therapy; Professor Carla Sharp, known for her work with Borderline Personality Disorder; and Professor Peter Norton, from Monash University, who is a leader in the area of transdiagnostic CBT. Three conference workshops will be focused on personality disorders. Up to 17 CDP hours. Registrations close June 28th. . Conference details


Save the date!
Australian BPD Conference – 18 Oct 2017
The annual National Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Conference moves to Western Australia for the first time this year. A partnership between the Australian BPD Foundation and the WA Association for Mental Health, the conference will be held in Perth on October 18th. Conference details

Call for abstracts
11th Annual Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders
3 Nov 2017
If you have an idea or proposal for an original presentation (e.g. new research, treatment approach or a consumer or carer perspective) or poster proposal (e.g. on a new service innovation) Please email with a 250-word summary. Call for abstracts closes August 1st. Conference details

Online Resources


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Supporting People Living with Borderline Personality Disorder
Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) organised this recent webinar held on Mar 21, 2017 in which almost 1,000 people across Australia and some overseas logged in to participate. (CDP available for viewing it!)
View here


Factsheets & Toolkits

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Project Air – Schools Skills Intervention

Guidelines, fact sheets, train the trainer resources and a short film to assist teachers, school counselors and health staff in responding to young people. See more

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Beneficial Proactive Discussions

If you know of any other Consumer/Lived Experience Personality Disorder support groups in Australia, or if any of the information provided is out of date please email us

Online Support Australia Wide

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Sonia Neale talks about her lived experience & working with health professionals in this video from Project Air. View here
SANE Forum
'Seek support. Make connections. Share your experience'
A Lived Experience Forum is a safe, anonymous community for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Join us!
These forums do not provide crisis counseling. If you need urgent help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or in an emergency call 000.

Facebook BPD Australia
BPD Australia is a positive and pro-recovery group for Australians with BPD. Join us!



Are you interested in being part of an informal online ‘community of peers’ group for raising awareness of BPD? This free online group is for South Australian people with BPD traits. Join us!

For Carers and people who provide support
Beneficial Proactive Discussions

If you know of other Carer Personality Disorder support services in Australia, or if any of the information provided is out of date, please email us

Online Support Australia Wide

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Staying Connected for Families & Carers of BPD
Brin Grenyer outlines powerful communication strategies for Carers and explores how relationships are at the core of wellbeing in this video from Project Air. (27 mins)  View video

SANE Carer Forum
The Carers Forum is a safe, anonymous community for the friends, family and carers of living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Join us!
These forums do not provide crisis counseling. If you need urgent help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or in an emergency call 000



Healing from those with Borderline Personality Disorder
Meetup group for Carers. Join us!
Lyneham, ACT




Staying Connected When Emotions Run High
Free Intervention suitable for anyone supporting someone who experiences BPD or emotion dysregulation.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
May 25 – Taree, NSW. Register by email or (02) 6592 9590
June 14 – Nowra, NSW. Details Register email or (02) 4422 1547
June 20 – Randwick, NSW. Register by email or 1800 242 636
June 29 – Tamworth, NSW. Enquiries email

Support Groups

My Sanctuary Support Group
Contact ARAFMI by email or (02) 4254 1699
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month
Wollongong, NSW

Sanctuary – Support for Adult Children of NPD BPD Parents
For adults of parents & partners with NPD or BDP
Details and Join us!
Meet Harris Park Community Centre, Sydney, NSW



If you know of any Personality Disorder support services in Northern Territory, please email us

Family Connections – Volunteer Leaders Training
Open to carers and clinicians – become a volunteer leader and co-facilitate an education, skills training and support program for people with a loved one who experiences BPD symptoms. Details

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Family Connections Leader, please register your interest by email
July 1 & 2 – Brisbane, QLD


Contact Bob & Judy by email website facebook or (08) 8276–4552
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month 4pm–6pm at MIFSA
5 Cooke Tce, Wayville, SA



If you know of any Personality Disorder support services in Tasmania, please email us



Learning More About Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Free 1 day Spectrum workshop for families and friends
May 24 – Fitzroy, VIC Register

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people with a loved one who experiences BPD symptoms.
May 15 – Traralgon, VIC (Daytime, LaTrobe Regional Hospital) Register

Bouverie Centre
Contact Bouverie Centre (03) 9385 5100
Brunswick, VIC

Support Groups

MIND BPD Family & Carer Support Group
Contact MIND Community Services –1300 554 660
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm. Free, just turn up.
Level 2, 76–80 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna, VIC



If you know of any Personality Disorder support services in Western Australia please email us

Creative Corner
Beautiful Personal Designs

Art is emotion – please upload your ‘expression of emotion’ onto Instagram tagged with #bpdawarenessaustralia and it will automatically be showcased in the Mind Museum on the BPD Awareness website.

Your expression of emotion can be art in any form.



Please use this as a place to inform our community of any job vacancies or offers of mentoring. Contact us by email

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