July 2020 - eBulletin - Issue 36

In this issue...
COVID-19 Info & phone lines
Flipping the Script
Myths & Facts about BPD
Personality & COVID-19
Aust/Asia PD Research Group
Trauma-related Dissociation
You Are Not Alone
Understanding Family Needs 
Eating Disorders

Branch News

Get Involved
Survey - Suicide Stigma
Survey - Personality & Eating
Survey - 2020 Carers 
Petition - 40 visits for BPD
Buy a BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

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General COVID-19 Information and phone lines
a comprehensive list at the end of this eBulletin in the Helplines section.

BPD Peer Recommended COVID-19 Resources
Download flyer for BPD peer recommended resources on managing quarantine and COVID-19, developed by Emotions Matter (USA).

Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative on BPD
BPDAW 2020 logoThe BPD Awareness Week and Conference theme for 2020 is Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative on BPD. 'Flipping' is looking at the other side of thoughts and labels to allow for more helpful verbal responses. This step can assist to address self-stigma and out-dated stereotypes held by others. While we await the updates to our website we are inviting submissions of pics/stories/artwork etc illustrating a time someone ‘flipped the script’ and created a reframe. Send your contributions to:
#bpdawarnessweek2020 #flippingthescript #flippingthescriptonbpd #changingthenarrativeonbpd #bpdawarenessweek 

Myths and Facts about BPD
Myths & FactsNew from Project Air Strategy - This factsheet lists 14 myths to correct outdated information and help address stigma. It shatters myths  such as It is better not to tell someone their diagnosis of BPD, BPD only occurs in females, and BPD is a lifelong mental illness and can’t be treated. Download

Research - Personality and COVID-19
Journal of PersonalityThe European Journal of Personality invites manuscript submissions focused on personality and COVID-19; relevant submissions on individual differences and other collective crises are also encouraged. Read more 

Australasian/Asian Personality Disorder Research Group
AART-PD newsletterThe Australasian Association for Research and Treatment of Personality Disorders (AART-PD) is a regional chapter of ISSPD (International Society for the Study of Personality Disorder). They are keen to support both the research and clinical sectors to refine care for people living with personality disorders. AART-PD will be holding their first meeting on Thursday 5th November within the online 14th International Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders presented by Project Air from 4-7 Nov 2020. If you are researching, hosting or delivering training relevant to Personality Disorders and are interested in being involved in the group, contact chair
Download AART-PD newsletter 

Guidelines -  Complex Trauma-related Dissociation
Disassociation GuidelinesThese recently released Practice Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Complex Trauma-Related Dissociation are helpful for practitioners and also 'for survivors and supporters to also understand more about every day dissociation as well as dissociation associated with trauma' as noted by The Blue Knot Foundation. Available for purchase or free download.

You Are Not Alone - Crisis Advice for Family, Friends & Carers
You Are Not AloneSANE are launching a new info hub in July. You Are Not Alone provides information and advice to support those who care for someone who has attempted suicide, or is at risk of doing so. Not BPD specific. Read more

Research Report - Understanding the needs of family and friends when a loved one attempts suicide
Better SupportThis project aims to investigate the experiences of family, friends and significant others who have supported someone who has attempted suicide. The project developed useful co-designed resources to support care-givers. **This report is not specific for BPD and may contain language that is triggering for some. Download

Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues
Butterfly logoWorld Eating Disorders Action Day was held last month on 2nd June 2020. People with lived experience were invited to #ShareYourStory and expand global awareness of eating disorders as being genetically linked, treatable illnesses that can affect anyone. In Australia The Butterfly Foundation provides support via their National Helpline 1800 33 4673 or online chat (8am-12am AEST 7 days)  

Foundation Branch News

Please send an Expression of Interest to the Foundation if you are interested in joining a State Branch Committees. Email

Planning is underway for the Pre-conference event Consumer, Family & Carer Day to be held online on the 5th November as part of the International Conference for the Treatment of Personality Disorders. 

In June the SA branch held their first face-to-face meeting in 3 months, joined via Zoom by Rita, the president of the national Foundation. Though social distancing rules were in place, it was enjoyable to get together and bounce ideas around for BPD Awareness Week and to hear some good stories about ED responses to people living with BPD.

The Queensland branch is pleased to advise they have some additional support to develop the QLD Services Directory, and look forward to continuing with this important project.

The combined Branch & MHPN meeting was held in June via Zoom. Julian Nolan shared his findings from his research project on Working with BPD & Sexual Diversity'. View presentation

Samantha Scott, chair of the WA Branch, collaborated with the SA Branch via Zoom to share the WA progress on alternatives to ED, to support SA with their submission for the SA Urgent Mental Health Care Centre consultation.
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Get Involved

Survey - Stability of Personal Suicide Stigma and Relationship with Self-esteem, Well-being, and Suicidality
Griffith Uni logoHave you experienced suicidal thoughts and suicide stigma? Would you like to share your experience anonymously? **Trigger warning: Conversations of suicide. For more information contact or or complete survey

Survey - How does your Personality influence what you eat?
Uni Wollongong logoThe University of Wollongong are currently undertaking an online survey that seeks to understand relationship styles and mental wellbeing and the role they play in eating behaviours. Survey

Survey - 2020 National Carer Survey
Carer SurveyBy sharing your opinions and experiences, you will help the National Network of Carer Associations advocate for greater recognition and support of carers across Australia. Read more or Complete Survey

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD

ValidatedCurrently there are just over 15,800 signatures on Help us to make the next milestone – 20,000! Encourage your family and friends and colleagues (maybe even your GP) to sign and keep the momentum going. The petition is requesting an increase in the number of funded visits for treating BPD by the MBS Better Access to Mental Health Initiative, from 10 sessions to 40 sessions, for BPD and other complex mental illnesses.
Download & Print or Sign Online

ACNC logoWe welcome your donations to assist the Foundation to Support, Promote and Advocate for people impacted by BPD, and to bring you this eBulletin and BPD Advocate Newsletter. You can choose from any of these platforms, or donate directly to us at:
Australian BPD Foundation
My Cause
My Giving Circle
Good to Give (employer pre-tax deductions)
Beyond Bank (earn high interest, while the bank donates to us)
The Foundation is a registered Charity with DGR status, contributions over $2 can be claimed as a tax deduction.

BPD Bandannas (order via Etsy)
Kittens in CapesHelp raise awareness of BPD with these gorgeous Dog Bandannas/Kitten Capes. Order on Etsy
Bandannas are $15, $20 for 2, or add $10 for each additional bandanna - postage included! Robyn's kitten Chilli is our bandanna model this month - send in your pics for us to share!

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide

What To Do if You're Struggling 
MarnieMarnie has lived experience of BPD suggests five things you can do right now if you are struggling. She has recently moved from Australia to the UK, is passionate about reducing stigma, and now advocates for Mental Health Awareness Week (held in May in the UK). View video (7:58m)
You've Been Diagnosed with BPD - What Now?
You've Been DiagnosedMaking sure you have the right information is a great start. Project Air Strategy have summarised some facts in this guide to help you understand what it is, what treatment can look like, how to live with distressing emotions and involving people who can support you. Download

Consumer, Family & Carer Day - Online
PA Consumer Day imageProject Air Strategy, NSW Branch of the Australian BPD Foundation, Mental Health Carers NSW, and Being are collaborating on a pre-conference event for people with lived experience and their families and carers. There will be a combination of presentations delivered online but the purpose of the day is to be interactive so will feature discussion forums. Topics will cover issues of relevance to consumers including the latest research in the recovery space. We invite you to be part of the day and share your experience and story. Please contact us with your idea of proposal: email
More details and flyer

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayJuly 'Topic Tuesday' 7-8pm AEST to be confirmed. 
Read transcript of June 30th 'Topic Tuesday' Comfort in Chaos - Looking after yourself and others in challenging times hosted by @Jupiter and Community Guides @frog and @jem80 as co-hosts! 

SANE Lived Experience Forum
Safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Forums are text based - no software needed! The first post of the thread will give you an idea of the topic. Hit the 'refresh' button regularly to read the new posts.) Check out their Guides

SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to or email a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

More crisis and helplines are listed at the end of this eBulletin

Please contact organisations directly to confirm their COVID-19 responses to meeting schedules.

Dialectical Behaviour Skills Group
BPD in ACTBPD Awareness ACT offers a variety of services including:
DBT Skills Training
Mentoring and Peer Support for people with BPD
DBT Information Seminars
BPD Awareness Raising Seminar
For information on 2020 programs please call, text or email Natalie 0415 111 894 or or Facebook

Recovery College
ACT Recovery College logoThe ACT Recovery College is a FREE, non-judgemental place for all Canberrans over 18 to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. 
Due to COVID-19, the College is
currently closed to face-to-face classes. Course offerings for Term 3, 2020 have been opened to new students who have the capacity to use online learning via Zoom. Contact for more information or follow us on Facebook 
Courses they run include:
Learning about Distress Tolerance (3 hr course)
Overcoming Self-Stigma (6 week course) 
Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder (3 hr course)
Understanding Self - Harm (6 weeks) 

AGA Intersex Support Group
AGAA Gender + Agenda is a safe space for intersex folks to meet and chat with others. Conducts trainings, support groups and events.
Please note, like much of the ACT, AGA is in partial shut-down due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Please refer to this info sheet to find our more about our services and other supports during this time.

NT Mental Health Coalition
My Recovery Program 
Programs in Darwin are scheduled to restart from mid-June. Program 1 will be on a Tuesday evening (one session per week) in Palmerston. Program 2 will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoon (two sessions per week) also in Palmerston.  My Recovery is part of a Peer Led Education Pilot being coordinated by the NT Mental Health Coalition and evaluated by Menzies School of Health Research. Details 
Contact or (08) 8948 2246 for future programs

Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, training and education. Not BPD specific. Details
Darwin (08) 8948 1051 or
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467 or 
Tennant Creek (08) 8962 1931

TEMHCO - Top End Mental Health
Events commencing from 10th June in Palmerston and rural areas. Website

NDIS Information Session - Free
NT - Palmerston - July 6

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
'Pathways to Recovery' providing support with living skills. 'Day to Day Living' is a community based program of structured activities for people living with mental distress. Drop in Centre open Tues-Thurs. 'Partners in Recovery' offers care coordination for people with complex needs. Not BPD specific. Details

Promoting Peer Work in the NT Free training for peer workers and organisations.

MI-DBT (Perinatal program)
This group therapy program is for women living with BPD during the child's first years. Adapted from DBT, it supports parenting skills early in the infant’s development. Supported by PHN in collaboration with Helen Mayo House and Dept Education and Child Services. Details
Phone - 1300 898 213 or Fax Referral 1300 580 249
SA - Woodcroft Heights - starting soon
SA - Adelaide - Helen Mayo House - Sept
SA - Murray Bridge 

WA Peer Supporters’ Network
Free education and group supervision to build skills, sustain and thrive in your peer support role. Calendar
Enquiries - 9258 8911 or
East Perth - Claisebrook Lotteries House, 33 Moore St.

For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide

Relationship Mindfulness
FC Relationship MindfulnessDr Karla Aguirre believes some environments are more helpful for people living with BPD. She believes being mindful of our feelings and thoughts can affect the emotional climate and help us behave in ways that make us feel more comfortable. This is one of a series offered by NEABPD (USA) during COVID-19 for carers while waiting to participate in a Family Connections program. (53:34mins) View webinar

Strategies for Effective Communication
Effective CommunicationThis fact sheet from the Families and Carers suite by Project Air Strategy, introduces the concept of relationship dances. By using 4 scenarios based on everyday situations it demonstrates how the carer’s different approaches impact on the person with personality disorder’s ability to manage their distress.It also recommends developing a Safety Plan and practising the steps in times of calm, like a fire drill. Download

Carer Coach
Carer CoachThis 5-module training series has been developed by ARAFMI to help mental health carers and the people they care for navigate the NDIS. Carer Coach is being delivered through face-to-face workshops, booklets and online. Carer Coach is free for anyone who cares for or about a friend or family member with a psychosocial disability who wants to learn more about the NDIS. Read more

SANE Special Events - You Are Not Alone
During the first week of July SANE are running a 5-day online discussion thread to launch their new website - You Are Not Alone. This event is for anyone who would like to be involved, unpacking the ins and outs of supporting loved ones with complex mental health, discussing access to community support as well as ongoing self-care strategies specifically for carers.They well be providing crisis advice for family, friends and carers. Read more

Carers Forum
SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Forums are text based - no software needed! Hit the 'refresh' button regularly to read the new posts. See their Guides

Carer Supports
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST) or Email

More crisis and helplines are listed at the end of this eBulletin. 

Please contact organisations directly to confirm their COVID-19 responses to meeting schedules.

Family Connections
FC KnotFree 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register for next group in your area

Register first, and if you would like to attend one of the groups below, please also email to indicate your interest.
Groups delivered face-to-face with social distancing
QLD - Fortitude Valley - Sept 2 (Wed 430-6:30pm) Register
NSW - Wollongong - July 29 (Wed 6:00-8:00pm) Register
ACT - Canberra - July 13 (Mon 2:30-4:30pm) Register
SA - Unley - July 7 (Tue 6:00-8:00pm) Register

Mental Health First Aid Courses
MHFA logoNot BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to non-suicidal self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Designed for specific groups such as youth, older person, aboriginal and for teens assisting their peers. Register


BPD Loved Ones Support Group
This is a carer support group for anyone who loves and/or cares for a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with BPD or who has traits of BPD. Contact Natalie by email or 0415 111 894. Meetings held at Carers ACT, on the first Monday of each month Flyer

Holt, Canberra - Confirm first by email or 0415 111 894

My Sanctuary Support Group
For carers of people who live with BPD. Contact ARAFMI by email or ph (02) 4283 3993 or  4283 3499. New time - 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm - postponed
ARAFMI, 17 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519

NT Carers
Not BPD specific, but carer activities include counselling, music therapy, and peer support groups weekly in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. Details

Mental Illness Fellowship
Provides mental health services in Darwin, not BPD specific. Details and Flyer
Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Sanctuary logoContact us by email website facebook
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm
Glenside Health Services, Admin & Learning Bldg 
Karrayarta Drive, Glenside, SA

Online via ZOOM - July 14 see facebook for details

Lived-Experience Telephone Support Service (LETTS)
After-hours service supports people with mental health issues as well as their carers, family and friends. From 5:00pm-11:30pm every night. 1800 031 755


Mental Health Families & Friends Tasmania
MHF&F TASCarer Support  (Not BPD Specific)
Hobart Clinic - Postponed - (03) 6247 9960

Peer Work and the NDIS Induction Training Register 

Scheduled for April - postponed Register to be contacted with new dates.
Launceston, Hobart and Devonport
(03) 6228 7448 or

Mental Health First Aid Courses
Not BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Register


Learning More about BPD: A One-Day workshop for Family & Friends
Richmond - Postponed 
To be contacted when workshops recommence.
Register Expression Of Interest 

Support group for Relationship Trauma
Meet 1st Friday of the month from 7pm - 8:30pm Register
Mental Health Foundation Australia
Suite J, 450 Chapel St, South Yarra, Vic 3141
South Yarra - Cancelled

BPD Family and Carer Support Group
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm Free. Contact MIND Carer Helpline 1300 554 660 for venue details. Via ZOOM

Outer East BPD Carer Support Group
Meet 3rd Monday of the month 1:00pm-3:00pm - Cancelled - at Coonara Community House. Contact EACH (03) 8720 2500 Details

BPD Community Family & Friend's Group
Meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm. Free. Cancelled
South Melbourne. Register

eGROW Carer Support
Not BPD specific. Now available online. This group is for carers of people with a mental illness and can help with support and connection to other services if needed. Details

Mental Illness Fellowship of WA (MIFWA)
Family members can feel concern, guilt and fear. We can talk with you about your situation, offer information and support. MIFWA aim to provide mutual peer support, promote resilience and coping skills, and increase understanding. For more information contact MIFWA  on (08) 9237 8900 or see online Details

Helping Minds
Caring for a family member or friend with a mental illness can be confusing, frightening, exhausting and isolating. No matter how well-meaning, sometimes your friends and family may not know how to support you. However, you do not have to go through it alone. Read more

For Clinicians

Resources - Australia Wide
Research - What helps reduce the stress of parenting when personality challenges get in the way?
Parenting & BPD Parenting stress and competence in borderline personality disorder is associated with mental health, trauma history, attachment and reflective capacity. Steele, K.R., Townsend, M.L. & Grenyer, B.F.S. (2020). 
Read more

BPD Training Strategy
Stage 1 - Webinars
Six webinars available online. View webinars
Stage 2 - eLearning Modules
‘Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD’ is a series of 5 free online modules for mental health workers and service providers. Completed sequentially, each module takes approx 60 mins. Certificate issued. Complete Modules

Stage 3 - Core Competency Workshops
Core Competency coverThese 2-day workshops will roll out nationally once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are still open. NB: This is an EOI only
- numbers are strictly limited. You will receive an email to confirm your registration. 
EOI for 2020 workshops
Notify me about 2021 workshops

Royal Australian College of GPs 
BPD: Diagnosis and Management in General Practice

RACGP logoThis GP only training is designed to assist GPs in identifying the risk factors and clinical features of BPD. It reviews effective management, appropriate prescribing, involvement of families/carers and crisis management. (60 mins, CPD: 2 points) Details
Available to RACGP members via

Conferences & Forums

Working with people with BPD - Tasmania
Tasmania flyerThis workshop by A/Prof Sathya Rao will be presented in Tasmania on a date to be confirmed. Catering for mental health clinicians, it will cover working with people with complex diagnoses, inpatient/outpatient settings and managing NSSI and suicidal ideation. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss the complex clinical situations that you come across in your clinical practice. Refreshments provided. Flyer 
TAS - Sandy Bay - Postponed, date TBC Details

Spectrum - Conference 2020 - Melbourne - Cancelled
Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization (MBT) Approach
Spectrum ConferenceDue to COVID-19 travel restrictions Prof Anthony Bateman will not be able to travel to Australia. We will announce new arrangements when available. 
VIC - Melbourne - to be confirmed

14th International Conference for the Treatment of Personality Disorders - Online - Nov 2020
Early Intervention
PA LogoProf. Carla Sharpe(USA) and Prof. Andrew Chanen (Vic) will be keynote speakers for the 2020 online conference focussing on Early Intervention. Abstract submissions for the Scientific Conference (Friday) and Consumer, Family and Carer Day (Thursday) are now open. Send your ideas 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) to with a 250-word summary by 12th August. More details 
NSW - Wollongong & Online - Nov 5, 6, 7

Mental Health across the Lifespan - Melbourne - Nov 2020
Towards an integrated, accessible and trusted mental health system.
MHAL logoWith multiple Royal Commissions and Inquiries currently underway, there has never been a better time to work together towards an integrated, accessible and trusted mental health system for all, where leaders & innovators across the mental health & related sectors can come to consider the issues. Details
VIC - Melbourne - Rescheduled to 24-25th November 2020

TheMHS Perth Conference - Perth - Feb 2021
Balancing the System
TheMHS Perth ConferenceIn addition to keynote presenters from Wales, USA and Germany, we will hear lived experience presenters from WA speaking about BPD. Registrations are on hold until confirmation from the Commonwealth Govt. Subscribe to newsletters for updates. Details
AUSTRALIA - Perth - 9-12th Feb 2021

ISST - Schema Therapy Conference - Denmark - June 2021
Inspire 2020 - Reinventing the Therapeutic Relationship

Inspire 2020 logoThe in-person 2020 biennial conference has been rescheduled to June 2021, and current participants have been automatically enrolled in original selections. Details
DENMARK - Copenhagen - 24-25th June 2021

Save The Date! 
ISSPD - 17th World Congress - Norway - Oct 2021
Kaleidoscope Perspectives 

ISSPD Conference 2021The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders have announced the dates for their next Congress. Pre-congress workshop on Oct 12. Further details will be announced as they become available. Details
NORWAY - Oslo - 13-15th Oct 2021

ESSPD - 6th International Congress on BPD and Allied Disorders 2020 - Belgium - Sept 2022

Change for a better future: Perspectives beyond symptom
ESSPD logoThe European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) have rescheduled their Congress, and have listed the abstract topics for submission guidance. Details
BELGIUM - Antwerp - Rescheduled to September 2022


Please contact organisations directly to confirm their COVID-19 responses to training schedules.

AADANT Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies NT 

360Edge: Motivational Interviewing for AOD
Online - Aug 6 Register

Bouverie Centre
My Early Relational Trauma Informed Learning (MERTIL)
In this Australian-first program you will learn the identification of and response to early trauma in the parent-child relationship, stemming from parent mental illness, grief, family violence, substance abuse, and related experiences.
Details and Register
Online  - Self-Paced learning

Families and Trauma Work
VIC - Brunswick - Aug 7 & 14 Details

Big Feelings, Deep Listening & Self-Reflection
VIC - Brunswick - Aug 26 Details

Blue Knot
All face-to-face courses have been postponed till further notice.
Blue Knot Webinars

Webinar - Building Trauma Awareness 
Foundational knowledge in the area of Complex Trauma
Online - July 21 2pm-3pm FULL
Online - Aug 11 12pm-1pm Register

Webinar - Wellbeing and Emotional Awareness when working with Complex Trauma 
Online - July 7 - 11:00am-12:30pm FULL
Online - July 28 - 2:00pm-3:30pm FULL
Online - Aug 18 - 11:00am-12:30pm Register

Webinar - Creating Safety and Connection 
Online - July 14 - 11:00pm-12:00pm FULL
Online - Aug 4 - 11:00pm-12:00pm FULL
Online - Aug 25 - 11:00pm-12:00pm Register

Facilitator Training
Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts
DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program, incorporating hand-drumming and proven to build resilience and show measurable changes in social behaviour. Three day training.
WA - Perth - Aug 11 Register
NSW - Sydney - Aug 18 Register
WA - Margaret river - Sept 3 Register

LGBTI Professional Development, Education & Training
The National LGBTI Health Alliance have created a database of training opportunities available across Australia.They also have created a checklist for an Inclusivity Audit Tool to assist organisations to be LGBTI friendly. Download

Mental Health Professionals Networks

Enhance your understanding of BPD by joining a BPD-focused network in your area. Networks meet face-to-face and offer you the opportunity to build practitioner relationships, improve referral pathways, benefit from peer support and professional development opportunities.

To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Brisbane North  
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory
Contact Ashleigh at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

Social anxiety disorder webinar
Join this webinar to identify associations, comorbidities and patterns of treatment-seeking behaviour of people experiencing social anxiety disorder including tips and strategies that can assist in their recovery. 
Register to attend this professional development webinar on Online - July 20 from 7.15-8.30pm AEST.

Past Webinars 
Tips and strategies in using technology for mental health consultations.
Emerging Minds Webinar: Aboriginal children and the effects of intergenerational trauma

MBT Australia
Anthony BatemanProfessor Anthony Bateman was planned to be delivering accredited  Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) trainings in Australia in 2020. Check here for  details of future trainings as they become available.


Mental Health First Aid Australia
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
Contact for further details
MHFA also have courses for responding to someone who feels suicidal. Detalis

NSW Health - Illawarra Shoalhaven 
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High - For Professionals
Workshops have been postponed, but registrations remain open as we will endeavour to try and deliver when our isolation has lifted. Details

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Risk assessment and risk management in young people
VIC - Parkville - Aug 31 Register

Relational formation (Advanced)
VIC - Parkville - Sep 16 Register

Early intervention for BPD
VIC - Parkville - Sep 22 Register

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Brief Interventions Toolkit

Project Air Strategy
We are not currently taking registrations for face to face training. Please see our Online Training.
Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD 
Online - Modules
Adolescent Intervention - Guide for clinicians
Online - Modules

Safe In Oz
Introduction to Working with Individuals who have Self-destructive Behaviours Register
WA - Midland - July 6 & 7 Register
WA - Northcliffe - Aug 3 - 4 Register
WA - Bunbury - Aug 17 & 18 Register
WA - Gingin - Aug 24 & 25 Register
WA - Geraldton - Aug 27 & 28 Register

Facilitating the SAFE in Oz consumer Program
WA - Midland - July 8,9,10 Register

Schema Therapy Society
Schema Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for BPD. The Schema Therapy Society provides links to Schema Therapy training providers around Australia. Details

Schema Therapy Centre of NSW
Schema Therapy: The Basics
Three-day ISST endorsed training programme in the model, method and interventions of Schema Therapy
NSW - Sydney - August 24-26 Details

Working With Enmeshment and Underdeveloped Schema
Webinar - Jul 17 Details

Schema Therapy with Dreams and Nightmares
Two 3-hour sessions - Day 1 focuses on working with nightmares and Day 2 on dreams.
Webinar - August 10 Details

Training Calendar 2020 Download
All workshops postponed until August, please check website for details

An Intro to DBT (2-day workshop)
VIC - Richmond - Aug 13 Register

Applying DBT in Private Practice
VIC - Richmond - Sept 14 Register

Voices Vic
Online - The Hearing Voices Approach
This 3-day training uses the peer-led recovery model that provides tools for mental health professionals, people with lived experience, or carers, to assist people to alleviate distress associated with voices. Read more or register
July 14, 15 & 21 - 9:30am-3:00pm

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
Online - Aug 10 & 11 Register

Trauma Informed Practice 
Online - Aug 27 & 28 Register


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

Helplines - 24 hour

COVID-19 Supports
National Caronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080 
State information 
Telehealth - Bulk Billed appointments by phone/video until 30 Sept 2020
Beyond Blue
Are You OK?
Head to Health 

COVID-19 Resources
Translated printed resources and video/audio
Aboriginal languages 
Easy Read English 
Young people and their parents
Older Australians
Health Care workers - free Infection Control Training

Helplines - 24 Hour
Emergency Services 000
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251
Lifeline 13 11 14 or Chat
Kid's Helpline (5-25yrs) 1800 55 1800 or
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636  or Chat
MensLine Australia 1300 789978
Direct Line 1800 888 236 Immediate counselling & support,
Poison Information Centre
13 11 26
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline 1800 250 015
Counselling Online (AOD)
Ice Help Line 1800 423 238
Family Drug Support Helpline 1300 368 186 or

Helplines - Limited Hours
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
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