Apr 2019 - eBulletin - Issue 22


In this issue...
BPD Conference 2019
National BPD Training Strategy
Safe Spaces - QLD
Safe Haven Cafe - VIC
BPD Stigma - Patients & Clinicians
Carers & BPD ED responses
Mental Health Peer Work
Trauma Informed Legal Practice
LGBTIQ Intersect - VIC
Connecting with People - SA
Petition - 40 Better Access Visits
Know BPD No Stigma

Branch News

Get Involved
Donate - PayPal Giving Fund
Study - Self Harm in Adolescents
Study - BPD & Hearing Voices
Study - DSM-5 or ICD-11?
Guest Speakers - BPD Networks
Consultation Complex MH - WA
MH Clinical Governance - WA
Update - VIC Royal Commission
Update - Productivity Commission
Update - Aged Care Royal Comm
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

Donate, Submissions, Subscribe

Stigma in ED 

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Save the Date!
BPD Conference - Nov 14 & 15

The 9th Annual National BPD Conference will be held on November 14-15 in Melbourne this year. More details in Conference section below.

National BPD Training Strategy Update
Stage 1 - Webinars of our National BPD Training Strategy has now been completed. A reminder that these resources (a virtual library and a series of 6 online professional development webinars) are available on our website for you to access at your convenience.  Topics covered include What is BPD?, Principles, Treatments, Early Intervention, Self-injury & Suicidality, and Service Delivery.

Stage 2 – eLearning Tool for mental health clinicians will hopefully be launched during April and we are starting to plan the delivery of Stages 3 & 4 – national face to face training and supervision for clinicians.  More information to follow in future editions of the eBulletin.

 For links and more details see Online Resources section below.

Safe Spaces - QLD
Safe Spaces videoA recent study by Brisbane North PHN found 'The need for safe space alternatives to emergency departments ... reflects the full diversity of human experience. Having choices and options depending on circumstances, preferences and geography emerges as a critical factor ... rather than a single preferred model or service.' Read Project Report and View video (8:47m)

Safe Haven Cafe - VIC
Safe Haven CafeThe Safe Haven Cafe is a non-clinical alternative for mental health consumers and people seeking support for their well-being outside of normal service operating hours. The St Vincent's Safe Haven Cafe is the first of its kind in Australia. Read more and view video (3:11m)

Stigma perpetuation at the interface of mental health care: a review to compare patient and clinician perspectives of stigma and BPD
Stigma Perpetuation imageThis recent Australian research investigates the stigma cycle at the interface of mental healthcare for people with BPD. A review of international literature looked at perspectives of workers and people living with BPD, and synthesised results to construct a model of how stigma is systemically reinforced.
Read more (Online login required)

Carer perspectives of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder: A scoping review of emergency care responses
BPD Carers in EDCarers often perceive that nurses and health professionals have a lack of understanding about the consumer’s distress and the nature of BPD, which becomes a barrier to effective crisis support and management. The literature often reported that a trusting and collaborative relationship between carers, nurses and health professionals demonstrated improved outcomes for the carer and consumer. Read more (free access)

Mental Health Peer Work Development Guidelines
Towards ProfessionalisationThis project by the National Mental Health Commission will help support the peer workforce through providing formal guidance for governments, employers and the peer workforce about structures required to support and grow the workforce. Creating national guidelines will ensure consistency across Australia, and will encourage  professionalisation of the peer workforce. Read more

Towards Professionalisation is a literature review prepared for the NMHC in consultation with the Private Mental Health Consumer carer Network (Australia). It explores best practice models in mental health peer work with the aim of the establishment of a national professional organisation to support peer workers.

Trauma Informed Legal Practice
Trauma Informed Legal PracticeSome people with a diagnosis of BPD come into contact with legal and justice services. There is increasing evidence for the broad-based implementation of trauma-informed practice, and Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, Blue Knot  Foundation, highlights the importance of trauma informed legal practice. Read more

Connecting with People - SA
Life In Mind have thrown the spotlight on the person-centred training program Connecting with People. This program is designed for use by SA Health and its partners to assist individuals vulnerable to, and/or experiencing suicide and self-harm related distress. Read more

LGBTIQ Intersect - VIC
Intersect Logo'A growing body of research and the voices of lived experience, highlight that LGBTIQ people navigate many challenges around their mental health, with individuals being more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness, attempt suicide, and engage in self-harm compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers.' LGBTIQ Intersect is a collaboration developing resources to support LGBTIQA+ people who follow a faith and are from cultures that are diverse or minorities. Read more

Petition - 40 funded Better Access Visits for BPD
ValidatedCurrently there are just over 10,000 signatures on Help us to make the next milestone – 15,000! Encourage your family and friends and colleagues (maybe even your Doctor) 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. We plan to deliver the petition to Federal Minister Greg Hunt MP early in 2019.
Download & Print or Sign Online

Share the 'Know BPD, No Stigma' campaign throughout the year
Having BPD ...Good ParentPlanning has commenced for a bigger and better campaign in 2019.  If you or your organisation wish to be involved please email
Facebook    Instagram     Download Resource Kit

Foundation Branch News

The SA Branch are approaching Grill'd to follow the success of the WA Branch's fundraising and awareness project. Ideas for BPD Awareness Week activities are being considered, and information is being collated to publish an SA version of A Guide to Accessing Services for Borderline Personality Disorder.

The NSW Branch held a strategic planning day on the 5th March 2019. Kate Lewis will now be providing the Secretariat support for the Branch. The transition is expected to be seamless, and the momentum of the branch will continue. The Branch is currently looking into ideas and opportunities for funding, and the next meeting will be held on the 16th April 2019. On behalf of the NSW Branch, we would like to extend our thanks to Jonathan Harms, Laura Knight and the MHCN for their support of the branch and dedication to date.

The WA Branch interim committee noted the training event on Adolescence DBT and are interested in linking that with a MHPN meeting. Details are being finalised for the Planning Day, fundraising through Grill'd Burgers was confirmed for March, and preparations are being made for a submission for the Mental Health Royal Commission.
Membership is FREE for individuals. Click HERE to join 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
Twitter - OzBPD

Get Involved

Thankyou to all the people who donated to the PayPal Giving Fund last month. We received nearly $300 via Facebook! Neither you nor our charity are charged a fee for this donation, and you will receive a tax receipt so you can claim a tax deduction. Donate

Study - Self-harm in Adolescents
Project Air Self harm studyProject Air Strategy are inviting parents who have a child under 18 to participate in a study exploring adolescent self-harm. Resources will be developed for parents in similar situations. Participate

Study - BPD & Hearing Voices
Do you experience voices?People who have been diagnosed with BPD and either (i) do not experience auditory hallucinations, or (ii) experience (or have previously experienced) auditory hallucinations are invited to contribute to this study. Phone or face-to-face. (1 or 2 visits) $50 gift card as a token of appreciation. Read more

Study - DSM-5 or ICD-11?
A Framework for Understanding Practitioners’ Decisions About the Use of Diagnostic Classification Systems for Personality Diagnosis.

For psychiatrists and psychologists regarding preferred methods for diagnosing personality disorders. Both the DSM and ICD are moving towards a dimensional conceptualisation of personality disorders. This potentially creates a dilemma for practitioners as to which to use or whether to find alternatives for diagnosing personality pathology. Edith Cowan University Survey (Click the small arrows >> at bottom of page to take the survey)

Guest Speakers - BPD Mental Health Professionals Network
MHPN logoWould you like to meet local practitioners and present at a face-to-face meeting? MHPN is looking for practitioners to share their expertise at BPD network meetings. Provide your details on MHPN's Guest Speaker Registration Form if you are interested. The register connects networks with presenters in specific fields and locations. Please also forward the link to any of your colleagues who might be interested.

Consultation on BPD & Complex Mental Health - WA
A community forum for people who support someone who experiences impulsive and self-destructive behaviour, changing emotions, thoughts of suicide and self-harm or challenging personality features. Register
WA - Wilson - May 15

Mental Health Clinical Governance Review - WA
What is working, what is not working and what key actions should be taken by agencies to improve mental health safety and quality? Share your thoughts on BPD services in WA. Survey closes 12th April 

Update - VIC MH Royal Commission
Finalised with community input, the Terms of Reference provides direction for the Royal Commission and sets out expectations regarding its program of work. The Consultation Summary and final Terms of Reference are now available.

If you are interested in taking part in a forum to be held in a number of locations around the state please register online for the Community Consultation

Update - Productivity Commission
An issues paper outlines a range of issues on which the Commission seeks information and feedback. Initial submissions are due by Friday 5 April 2019. Download the Issues Paper here.

Update - Aged Care Royal Commission
Submissions will be accepted until September. The website offers guidance on how to do so, and provides an online submission form.

For Consumers / Lived Experience

Resources - Australia Wide

What is BPD?
What is BPD?
This video is a quick summary about BPD, one of the many personality trait-based DSM diagnoses. It’s estimated that one in a hundred people have borderline personality disorder, or BPD. In this video, we’ll talk about the challenges people with BPD face, the features that characterise the condition, and how people can recover from it. View video (3:50m)

SANE Topic Tuesday
Image Topic TuesdayLoneliness in Smaller Communities
Read transcript of recent 'Topic Tuesday' held Tues 19 Feb. This conversation focuses on some of the peaks and troughs of life within smaller communities as we work through mental health symptoms.

SANE Lived Experience Forum
Safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals.
'BPD Struggles' Read more

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

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

Mind Recovery College - VIC/SA
Mind logoMind Recovery College™ courses draw from the experiences of others who have been on their own journey of recovery from mental illness. You’ll benefit from their insights and knowledge, and learn that hope and recovery are possible. Colleges are in Vic and SA, courses include Understanding Self Harm, Food and Mood, Emotional Intelligence, and many more... Courses

Understanding Self Harm
VIC - Dandenong - Apr 1,8,15,29

VIC - Wodonga - Apr 3, 10, 17 & 24
SA - Glynde - Mar 25, Apr 1,8,15

Emotional Intelligence
VIC - Dandenong - Apr 17 & 24

Carer and consumer participation training
VIC - Greeensborough - Apr 9
VIC - Gippsland - Apr 29

Understanding personality disorder
VIC - Wodonga - Apr 2


Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Not BPD specific. Contact the nearest office to find out more about their services and programs - Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, and training and education. Details
Darwin (08) 8948 1051 or
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467 or 
Tennant Creek (08) 8962 1931

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
Services offered include: '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 Details

DBT - Life Skills Group
Footprints offer a DBT Life skills group. The modules include Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance and Emotional Regulation, which are run consecutively throughout the year. Details and email or phone 07 3252 3488
QLD - West End - ongoing

Symptom Management & Therapy-based Programs
Safe Space logoAt Safe Space people can access a Mental Health Support Worker, use the Sensory Modulation Room, put together a Safety Plan or engage in therapeutic art. Read more
QLD - Caboolture & Redcliffe - Mon, Tues, Fri 3-8pm

Lighthouse Parenting Group
This program is are designed to help parents sensitively read and respond to their children’s emotional needs. These groups aim to improve parental functioning by building a greater awareness of their own emotional states, to better manage their emotional arousal, and to develop skills in noticing and thinking about their child’s thoughts and feelings. This Lighthouse group is for parents who have children in care, or who are at risk of this occurring. Details

Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work
The Mental Health Commission had once again funded CoMHWA to award up to twenty scholarships for the Cert IV Mental Health Peer work nationally recognised qualification.  If you would like to register your interest in this qualification, please send your details to Rebecca at

For Carers / Supporters

Resources - Australia Wide

Family Guidelines
NEA BPD image
NEA-BPD Australia provide a few tips on responding to the person you care for who lives with BPD. Read more
> Goals: Go Slowly
> Family Environment
> Managing Crisis
> Addressing Problems
> Limit setting

Family Connections
The Family Connections FREE 12 week program is designed to provide families and carers the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with BPD. The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD. Read more or Print Flyer

SANE Carers Forum - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday logoBeing a Carer in a Regional Community
Ask Us Anything - Carer Coach
Read transcript of recent Topic Tuesday's in March. It can be very challenging for carer’s in urban areas, with the added obstacle of geopgraphical isolation navigating these waters can be extra challenging from time to time for our regional friends.

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.

BPD Carer 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 on the first Monday of each month Details

Apr 1 - Holt, Canberra (5:30-7:30pm)
May 6 - Holt, Canberra (5:30-7:30pm)

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD.

Register for next group

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Details and Register

Mar 29 - Miranda - Fri 9:30-11:30pm
Apr 8 - Camperdown - Mon 5:00-7:00pm
May TBC - Tamworh
TBC - Western Sydney
TBC - Sydney

Staying Connected when Emotions Run High
The workshop will provide families, foster carers and friends with additional relationship skills to support someone (between 12yrs to 100yrs) who experiences relationship difficulties, overwhelming feelings and can behave in a way that makes them a danger to themselves or others. Details

Nowra - Jul 30 - Register 4422 1547
Maitland - May 3 Email (02)4925 7917

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

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register

Apr TBC - Southport

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register
May 22 - Bowden - 6:30-8:30pm

Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Contact us by email website facebook or (08) 8276–4552
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month 4pm–6pm at Skylight 5 Cooke Tce, Wayville, SA
Apr 8 - Wayville (4:30-6:30pm) NEW TIME !

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

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


Information Session Learning about BPD for Families & Friends
This free one day workshop by Spectrum is for families, friends and others who support someone with BPD (or a likely diagnosis of BPD) provides information about BPD and how to best support the person whilst still caring for yourselves. 
Apr 10 - Richmond Register
June 30 - Richmond

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register
Apr TBC - Box HIll
Apr TBC - South Melbourne

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.

GROW Carer Support
This group is for carers of people with a mental illness and can help with support and connection to other services if needed. Details


Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register

Mar 27 - Bunbury - Wed 6:00-8:00pm
July 1 - Perth - Mon 5:30-7:30pm
TBC - Osborne Park

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

Online Resources - Australia Wide

National BPD Training Strategy
Stage 1 - Webinars of our National Training Strategy have now been completed. This project was a partnership between the Mental Health Professionals Network, Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria and the Foundation and funded by the National Mental Health Commission.  A reminder that these resources (a virtual library and a series of 6 online professional development webinars) are available on our website for you to access at your convenience.  Topics covered include:
What is BPD?
Treatment Principles for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder
Evidence Based Treatments and Access
Borderline personality disorder in youth and early intervention
Management of Self Injury and Suicidality
Management of BPD in Mental Health Services in Primary, Public and Private Sectors
Stage 2 – eLearning Tool for mental health clinicians will hopefully be launched during April and we are starting to plan the delivery of Stages 3 & 4 – national face to face training and supervision for clinicians.  More information to follow in future editions of the eBulletin.

Suicide Prevention Online Conference - Free
Suicide Prevention ConferenceThe 2019 Suicide Prevention Summit will be delivered via 15 live webinar sessions from Friday 12th April to Sunday 14th April and will continue as an on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday 28th April. Register
Fact Sheet - Trauma Recovery
Towards Recovery'Towards Recovery' - blue knot Foundation have prepared a factsheet to meet the needs of people who have experienced childhood trauma (including abuse).  Download

Supporting children in families with complex needs
People living with BPD often have complex needs which can challenge support workers and clinicians. This paper put together by Emerging Minds has nine tips for practitioners who feel out of their depth. Read more

Conferences & Forums

Save The Date!
9th Annual National BPD Conference - Nov 14 & 15 (Vic)

BPD - Best Practice Deserved
The theme of the 2019 Conference will be
to explore the various facets of what is 'Best Practice' for supporting/treating people impacted by BPD looking at 'what works' and current research.

Planning is underway for the Pre-conference workshop for mental health professionals on Thursday 14 November, with the main Conference for people with lived experience, their families, friends and clinicians will be held on Friday 15th November.

VIC - Melbourne - Nov 14 & 15

13th International Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference - Nov 7 & 8 (NSW)
Personalising Effective Treatment
Project Air Strategy Conference - Fri 8 Nov
Family and Consumer Day - Thurs 7 Nov
Professor Ueli Kramer, Lausanne University Hospital - Institute of Psychotherapy and General Psychiatry Switzerland, will present a keynote on "Effective processes in treatment for personality disorder: what science teaches us" and an all-day Saturday workshop on "Case formulation for personality disorder.
Call for Abstracts - closes 1 June.
Submit with a 250-word summary.
NSW -  Wollongong - Nov 7 & 8

TheMHS Annual Conference 2019
Building Healthy Communities: Stories of Resilience and Hope
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
QLD - Brisbane - Aug 27, 28, 30

6th Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors Conference
Insight and Learnings from around the Pacific Rim; meeting your community’s mental health needs
Day 2 Workshop: Dr Paige Williams
Understanding and Treating Self-Injury in Clients with Co-occurring Disorders
Day 3 Workshop: Paper Presentation: Nichola Cooper
The truth about trust; how to build trust in your therapeutic alliance
Day 3 Workshop: David Nugent
Removing the eggshells our families walk on: Anger management for men
Day 3 Workshop: Danielle Williamson & Mr David Eckel
The Challenging Parts of Complex Trauma: What can Internal Family Systems Therapy offer?
QLD - Brisbane - Sep 27-29 Details


Bouverie Centre
Working Relationally with BPD
The workshop will consider the significance and challenges of the relational system in responding to BPD/complex needs. It will cover key practices of Relational Mindfulness, Re-store(y)ing the Conversation-Restarting Reflection, Validating Communications and Relational Limit Setting.
VIC - Brunswick - Apr 3 Register

Blue Knot
Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
QLD - Gold Coast - May 20 Register

Foundation for Trauma Informed Care and Practice (Level 1)
QLD - Brisbane - May 27 Register
QLD - Townsville- May 31 Register

Working Therapeutically With Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2)
QLD - Brisbane - Jun 27 & 28 Register

Managing Vicarious Trauma
ACT - Canberra - Apr 01 Register
NSW - Lismore - Apr 29 Register

Embedding Trauma Informed Care and Practice for Managers
TAS - Hobart - May 10  Register
SA - Adelaide - May 13 Register

Working with Psychosis and Trauma - Masterclass (Matt Ball)
SA - Adelaide - Apr 30 Register

Trauma Informed Transgender & Gender Diverse Affirmative Care
VIC - Melbourne - Apr 5 Register
NSW - Sydney - May 10 Register

Trauma Informed Care & Practice for the Legal & Justice Sectors
VIC - Melbourne - May 24 Register

Trauma Informed Care & Practice in Domestic & Family Violence (Lvl 1)
NT - Darwin - Apr 5 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Apr 5 Register
NSW - Sydney - Apr 29 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. Register
NT - Darwin - May 28-30

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  in 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.

SA - Adelaide - May 1 - Join for Details

Ipswich/West Moreton
To assist with planning for this year, we invite you to contribute to a network planning survey. (by Wed 3 April)
Case Consultation
QLD - Ipswich/West Moreton - Apr 10 - Details and Register

Mindfullness to Mindfulness
Presented by Dr Janani Vasudevan an internationally recognised speaker from India April 23rd 6.30pm
VIC - Richmond - Apr 23 6:30pm - Join for Details

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for BPD
NSW - Sydney - April 9 Details and Register

Personality Disorders & Trauma Informed Practice Network
This meeting will cover sharing of resources and training opportunities, and discussion on therapeutic approaches and reflective practice. Teleconference available for remote practitioners. Details and Register
NT - Berrimah - April 15

To join any of the networks and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit NEW Borderline Personality Disorder Networks
NSW - Sydney
NT - Berrimah
QLD - Brisbane North & Ipswich/West Moreton
SA - Adelaide
TAS - Hobart
VIC - Melbourne
WA - Perth

Contact Ingrid at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

Mental Health First Aid Australia
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
SA - Pinnaroo - Apr 3
NSW - Bathurst - Apr 3
WA - Bayswater - Apr 12
SA - Para Hills - Apr 24

Also provides a stand-alone program specifically for responding to someone who feels suidal. Detalis

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Supervision Masterclass 2019
VIC - Travancore - May 9-10 Register

Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (Melbourne) 2019
VIC - Travancore - Aug 15-16 Register

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details

Understanding Mental Disorder - Eating Disorders
VIC - Parkville - Apr 03 Register

Understanding BPD
VIC - Parkville - May 15 Register

Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV)
Self-care strategies to prevent vicarious trauma & burnout
Learn to counteract and manage vicarious trauma and burnout through practical strategies and practices. Vicarious trauma and burnout are major risk factors for mental health workers. Being able to manage our own trigger responses to repeatedly witnessing the distress of others is essential. Register
VIC - Elsternwick - Apr 11

Project Air
Project Air for Schools - Adolescent Intervention Workshop
Suitable for School counselling staff, CAMHS clinicians, school link coordinators Flyer and Register
NSW - Wollongong - Apr 8

Safe In Oz
Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours Register
VIC - Mildura - Apr 1 & 2
VIC - Horsham - Apr 4 & 5
VIC - Broadmeadows - Apr 29 & 30

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 - The Model, Methods & Techniques
This 3-day workshop will help attendees gain a understanding of the Schema Therapy model and provide an extensive platform for learning new skills and techniques used in Schema Therapy. 
SA - Adelaide - Apr 4, 5 & 6 Register
NSW - Sydney - May 2, 3 & 4 Register
NZ - Auckland - May 1, 2 & 3 Register

Psychologists/ allied health BPD training at Dandenong
This free workshop is aimed at up-skilling psychologists and allied health staff  and mental health nurses to help them in working with people with BPD and associated risk issues in primary care. (For clinicians living or working in the Dandenong & Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region) Register
VIC - Dandenong - Apr 4

Core competencies for Working with People with BPD
One day workshop covers key competencies, developmental understanding of diagnosis, therapeutic relationships, management of risk ant treatment planning. Register
VIC - Richmond - Apr 10

An introduction to DBT
Two day workshop provides an overview of theory and principles of DBT. Register
Vic - Richmond - Apr 11 & 12

How to Help your Patients with BPD - GPs Module 2
This 3-hour workshop is the second in a series of 3  workshops aimed at up-skilling GPs in the diagnosis of BPD, as well as managing crises with patients, developing  treatment and crisis plans and  understanding referal pathways. Register For GPs living or working in the Dandenong & Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region.
VIC - Dandenong - Apr 27

Engagement with People with BPD during Crisis in Public Mental Health
This workshop will focus on how to engage effectively with clients presenting with BPD who have suicidal ideation and/or non-suicidal self-injury. Specifically, participants will learn how the National Health and Medical Research Council’s(NHMRC) guidelines inform risk assessment and effective crisis management and also how clinicians can respond therapeutically to crisis.
VIC - Richmond - May 22 Register

Psychoanalytic Clinic Symposium
Questions relating to transference, time and the centrality of speech will be key points of address. Participants will have the opportunity to address their own responses and questions to the symposium. Register
VIC - Richmond - May 27

Recognising and Responding to Potential Personality Disorder: A workshop for school counsellors, teachers and other education providers
This workshop aims to provide a foundational knowledge in the area of personality disorders to assist in conceptualisation, identification and interactions with students. Register
VIC - Richmond - May 31

Office-based Management of People with BPD for Private Psychiatrists
VIC - Richmond - Jun 21 Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health Training, workshops and Forums hosted by WAAMH. Register

Drugs, Alcohol & Mental Health
WA - Perth - Apr 8

Mental Health Challenge & Disability
WA - Perth - Apr 9

De-escalation Techniques
WA - Perth - Apr 10

Creating Recovery Plans
WA - Perth - Apr 30


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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
Family Drug Helpline 1300 660 068 sharc
Ice Help Line 1800 423 238

Helplines - Limited Hours

SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Mon - Fri 10am-10pm AEST.
Chatline Mon-Fri 10am-10pm AEST Details

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

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

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