Aug 2020 - eBulletin - Issue 37

In this issue...
COVID-19 Info & phone lines
COVID-19 Medicare Sessions
COVID-19 & BPD Survey
What is BPD?
Latest Developments in Treatment
BPD Q & A Section
BPD Lived Experience of Recovery
BPD Parenting Challenges
Face Masks & Complex Trauma
Treatment of BPD
Talking Therapies
Productivity Commission Update

Branch News

Get Involved
Survey - Emotion Regulation
Survey - WA Mind The Distance
Survey - Suicide Stigma
Petition - 40 visits for BPD
Buy a BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

Donate, Submissions, Subscribe

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

COVID-19 Additional 10 Medicare Sessions
The Minster for Health logoAustralian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. People in eligible areas who have used their 10 sessions can continue to receive mental health care from their psychologist, psychiatrist, GP or other eligible allied health worker. Read more

COVID-19 & BPD Survey - coming soon
Well-being of people with BPD during COVID-19: Experiences of accessing telehealth for treatment and support.

ABPDF logoSpectrum logoThe COVID-19 outbreak has led to considerable changes to our economy, society and healthcare system. Apart from general
community stress related to COVID-19, we have also had to adapt to additional challenges during the outbreak.  Isolating from friends, relatives and broader society as well as navigating the rapid shift of face-to-face mental healthcare services to telehealth, has imposed additional stressors especially on people with increased vulnerability.
The early consequences of these recent and dramatic changes are unknown.

Telehealth seems to be the current buzz word, with a lot of interest on how to expand it in the future. However, we feel it’s vital to understand whether telehealth is an appropriate alternative - instead of, or as an additional option - to services for people with BPD. We want to know whether telehealth is working for both parties - the person with BPD and the provider, when you may prefer telehealth, and how access to technology impacted your experiences.
To guide our future advocacy we have developed a survey in collaboration with Spectrum Personality Service to explore the general well-being of people with BPD during COVID-19 pandemic and their experiences of telehealth. We are currently awaiting final ethics approval before we can start advertising the survey which should be very soon.  Please keep an eye on our website and social media for the link. Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

What is Borderline Personality Disorder? 
What is BPD?This animated video is a quick summary of BPD, one of the many personality trait-based DSM diagnoses. It aims to show some of the difficulties of living with BPD, a bit about treatment of the condition, and how the importance of maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship is integral to positive treatment of BPD. (3:50m) View Video

Forum - Latest Developments in the Treatment of BPD 
Sathya RaoThis online forum is an opportunity for clinicians to broaden their knowledge of BPD. A/Prof Sathya Rao invites participates to submit any general questions or brief case summaries. to guide discussions or to answer duing the session. Details
Online - Wed 12 Aug 2:00 to 4:00pm (AEST)

New! Q & A section in BPD eBulletin
BPD Foundation logoIntroducing our new Question & Answer Section for the eBulletin! Open to all - email your queries on clinical practice or treatment of BPD (no personal/therapy questions please). For BPD treatment it is noted that if formal therapy can’t be done even frequent psychotherapeutic interactions may be helpful. A/Prof Sathya Rao or a person from Spectrum will provide answers which will be published in the eBulletin. Your name can be withheld if requested. Submit your questions to

Webinar -  BPD Lived Experience of Recovery
Sashbear FoundationSashbear Foundation in Canada are presenting this Zoom webinar with Chyann, a model, actress and entrepreneur who will talk about her experience living with BPD, and her recovery journey. View past webinars here 

'Lived Experience of Recovery: A Personal Journey' Register
Aug 26 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm (US/Canada EDT)
Aug 27 - 8:00am (WA) or 8:30am (SA/NT)
or 10:00am (ACT/NSW/QLD/TAS/VIC)  

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

Face Masks & Complex Trauma
Face Masks fact sheetSome people with trauma histories may be triggered when asked to wear a mask. It may reignite memories, create feelings of panic or distrust, and make it difficult to read non-verbal cues. This new fact sheet from Blue Knot Foundation has suggestions that may be helpful, and links to info on the reasons for wearing one and how to fit it correctly. Read more

Treatment of BPD
BPD factsheetPsychological treatments (talking therapies) are the best way to treat BPD. The Royal Australian &New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) explains these treatments usually involve talking with a health professional one-to-one, or sometimes attending special groups. Read more or download Factsheet

BPD in New Zealand
BPD in NZMental Health Foundation of NZ (Mauri Tu, Māori Ora) offer information about signs to look for, diagnosis, and treatment options including talking therapies, skills training, medication as a short-term strategy, complementary therapies and other strategies to help yourself. Download flyer 

A Guide to Talking Therapies for Māori  
The role of oratory healing in Māori society is well founded in the traditions of whānau and hapū. Oriori, karakia, mōteatea, waiata and tauparapara are all salient examples of how the use of the word has an active and meaningful role in supporting, protecting, informing and healing within Māori society. With this in mind, talking therapies are a natural fit, providing a modern approach to what was a traditional and familiar approach to healing. For MāoriAsian & Pasifika peoples.

Update - Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System
RC Vic MH SystemThe interim report is now available from The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. Read the witness statement submitted by Rita Brown, president of the Australian BPD Foundation. Download

Update - Productivity Commission into Mental Health
PCThe inquiry final report was handed to the Australian Government on 30 June 2020. The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process. Read more 
Download the Australian BPD Foundation's submission.

Foundation Branch News

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

Planning continues for the Consumer, Family & Carer Day to be held online on the 5th November as part of the International Conference for the Treatment of Personality Disorders. 

Committee members are continuing to research ideas for BPD Awareness activities to address this year's theme 'Flipping the Script'.

Research is underway for the QLD Services Directory.

The WA Branch in collaboration with the WA Mental Health Professionals Network are presenting an introduction to 'Family Connections' to summarise material presented to participants of the program. Refer to Training section below for details.
Support the Foundation - click here to DONATE now!
The Australian BPD Foundation is group of volunteer consumers, carers and clinicians passionate about encouraging a positive culture around Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and promoting the ready availability and accessibility of appropriate services for everyone impacted by BPD.

Mailing address: PO Box 942, Bayswater, Vic 3153.
P: 0458 469 274
Membership is FREE for individuals - click HERE to join now!
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Get Involved

Survey - Emotion Regulation of Mothers during COVID-19
Pregnant womanA researcher from Swinburne Uni (Melbourne) is seeking participants for their project investigating the role of self-compassion and emotion regulation for the wellbeing of mothers with and without BPD symptoms, and how this may impact their own wellbeing and their ability to mindfully parent during COVID-19. Survey

Survey - WA - Mind The Distance
SurveyThe emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a swift shift towards non-face-to-face mental health service delivery. In an effort to improve future service provision for children and young people, Telethon Kids Institute have developed a survey to better understand barriers and facilitators to access and engagement with non-face-to-face mental health services. WA only Flyer and Details and Survey

Workshops - SA - Carer Co-production
BPD Co logoBPD Collaborative are inviting carers (in Adelaide) to participate in 3 workshops to co-design a program for carers of people recently diagnosed with BPD. Details

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD

ValidatedSoon to be presented to goverment! Currently there are just over 16,100 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

BPD Bandannas (order via Etsy)
BandanaHelp raise awareness of BPD with these gorgeous Bandannas
Order on Etsy
Bandannas are $15, $20 for 2, or add $10 for each additional bandanna - postage included! Send in your pics of you or your pets wearing the bandanna for us to share!

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide

BPD is NO LONGER Too Difficult
CarrissaNew clinical practices and therapy options are changing views on recovery of BPD. Carissa talks about navigating her recovery journey, and facilitating a peer group in WA. (48:14m)
View video

I'm not Crazy, I'm Exquisitely Sensitive
RuthRuth from across the Tasman Sea believes that 'to really break down the stigma surrounding BPD people really need to stop looking at it as 'the other'.  All we do is feel too much. It’s time people change their ideas around BPD and started seeing us for the exquisitely sensitive emotional badasses that we are.' Read more

Online - Hearing Voices Support Group
Hearing VoicesMental Health Foundation Australia provide this open space for people who experience visual, olfactory, sensory experiences and other beliefs that others do not experience. Group aims to develop skills to change their relationship with the voices. Read more
Meetings 4th Monday of each month 4:30-6:00pm AEST
Online - Aug 24 Register

Online - Consumer, Family & Carer Day
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

Online SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayRead transcript of July 28th Topic Tuesday
Creative Expression and our Wellbeing! featuring special guest artists from the DAX Centre.
August topic TBC. Details

Online 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 email 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 courses inTerm 3, 2020 will be online via Zoom. Email or follow Facebook 
Courses 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 (not BPD specific)
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 in Palmerston and rural areas. August Calendar includes Art Therapy, Music Therapy and a Sensory (Fidget) Blanket Workshop. Details 

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
'Pathways to Recovery' providing support with living skills. 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
Woodcroft Heights - starting soon
Adelaide - Helen Mayo House - Sept
Murray Bridge 

Embracing BPD
Exciting news! Embracing BPD is commencing support groups for 2020. Facilitated by qualified Peer Support workers for sharing experiences and health coping mechanisms. Email and Facebook
Northbridge, Perth - Aug 5 (6:00-7:15pm AWST)

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 email
East Perth - Claisebrook Lotteries House, 33 Moore St.

For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide

Webinar - Self Validation and Observing Limits 
Self ValidationThis webinar from NEA-BPD (US) reminds carers of people living with BPD about the importance of being kind to ourselves, and considers the difference between observing our limits (to prevent burnout) and setting limits or boundaries (for healthy relationships). [1:08hr] View Video (see more webinars)

Family Connections in NZ
Family Connections NZThe Family Connections is a programme that provides families and whānau with the tools to retain hope for their family member. The programme is worldwide, and Dr Alan Fruzzetti has trained leaders in New Zealand to support carers and families. Read more and see NZ contacts

Evidence base for Family Connections in NZ & Aust
This 2016 paper by Roy Krawitz, Anne Reeve, Perry Hoffman and Alan Fruzzetti concludes that 'studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Family Connections™ as an intervention for families of people with BPD in decreasing participant suffering and promoting participant mental health.' The programme has now been available in NZ for 11 years, and in Australia for 5 years. Read more

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayRead transcript of July 28th Topic Tuesday
Creative Expression and our Wellbeing! featuring special guest artists from the DAX Centre.
August topic TBC. Details

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
SA - Bowden - Aug 19 (Wed 6:30-8:30) Register
NSW - Fairy Meadow - Sep 2 (Wed 6:00-8:00pm) Register
QLD - Fortitude Valley - Sept 2 (Wed 430-6:30pm) Register
Family Connections, New Zealand

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

Relationship Trauma Support Group
Relationship TraumaThe Mental Health Foundation  Australia provides a free support group for adults, family or friends. Usually held face-to-face in Melbourne, now online until further notice. Read more
Meetings 3rd Thursday of each month 7:00-9:00pm AEST
Online - Aug 20 - 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 - Aug 11 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 TASOnline Safe Space (Video Chats on Zoom)
Carer support, not BPD specific.
Meet online fortnightly on Wed at 6:30pm

Online via Zoom - Aug 12 Register
Online via Zoom - Aug 26  Register
Online via Zoom - Sep 9 Register

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

Hobart Clinic Support Group
Carer Support, not BPD specific. Details
(03) 6247 9960 or email
Supporting loved ones on their recovery journey - Sept 2 Register
Caring for someone with BPD - Oct 7 Register

Learning More about BPD: A One-Day workshop for Family & Friends
Online via Zoom - Aug 10 Register
Online via Zoom - Sep 9 Register

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 9237 8900 or see online Details

Online Parent Support Group (MIFWA)
This support group is for those parents/carer supporting young people (not BPD specific). Phone Caroline at MIFWA on 9237-8900 or see Flyer
Online - 1st Thursday of each month  (Zoom)

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
Working with Young People with Complex Mental Health Issues: Adolescent Intervention
Working with Young PeopleStrengthen your skills working with youth. Project Air Strategy presents this free webinar for Clinicians to support better treatment for young people with complex mental health issues. Supported by the Guidelines below. (1:13:22hrs) View webinar

Adolescent Intervention Guide for Clinicians
Adolescent InterventionThis 2019 guideline has been developed by Project Air Strategy as an intervention for clinicians working with young people with complex mental health issues, including personality disorder, trauma history, self-harm and suicidal behaviour and difficulties with affect, identity and relationships. Download

Research - What Works in the Treatment of BPD (NZ)
What Works i BPDThis 2017 NZ review reports that since 2011 many highly specialised psychotherapies entered the clinical scene as effective for BPD, turning the tide of prevailing notions that BPD was untreatable. More recently, structured generalist management approaches such as GPM and SCM, have also been proven to work for patients with BPD. Download

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

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 Assoc 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

Family Work where Family Violence is Present
VC - Bruswick - Aug 18 Details

Families and Trauma Work
VIC - Brunswick - Aug 20 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 WebinarsWebinar - Wellbeing and Emotional Awareness when working with Complex Trauma 
Online - Aug 18 - 11:00am-12:30pm Register

Webinar - Creating Safety and Connection 
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 11-13 Register
WA - Margaret River - Sept 1-3 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
Perth - 11 Aug - Family Connections Register ONLINE 
Contact Ashleigh at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

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

Rethinking first episode psychosis and BPD
VIC - Parkville - Nov 19 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 - Bunbury - Aug 17 & 18 Register
WA - Gingin - Aug 24 & 25 Register
WA - Geraldton - Aug 27 & 28 Register
WA - Karratha - Sep 3 & 4 Register
WA - Wyndham - Sep 14 & 15 Register
WA - Kununurra - Sep 17 & 18 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

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

All workshops postponed until August, please check website for details or Eventbrite

Q & A Session
Open to any mental health clinician who has practice or theory questions or issues related to their practice working with people with BPD). Hosted by Peter Smith, Marianne Weddell and Pip Bradley.
Session 3 - Online via Zoom - Aug 28 (9:30am-11:00am) Register
Session 4 - Online via Zoom - Sep 25 (9:30am-11:00am) Register

Foundation Training for Working with People with BPD (1 day)
VIC - Richmond - Oct 5 - Register

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

Trauma Informed Practice 
Online - Aug 27 & 28 Register


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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
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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
Mon - Fri 10am-10pm AEST.
Chatline Mon-Fri 10am-10pm AEST/AEDT Details

Blue Knot Helpline - 1300 657 380
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm AEST/ADST

QLife - 1800 184 527
Mon-Sun 3pm-12am AEDT Webchat

Eating Disorders Helpline - 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm AEST (except public holidays).
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