Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Core Competency Workshops (2-days)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Core Competency Workshops (2-days)
6 March 2024 08:45

[If this workshop is not able to be delivered in person due to imposed COVID-19 restrictions, it will be reverted to an online workshop or rescheduled]

Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th September 2023

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Core Competency Workshops (2-days)

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

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

  1. Understanding BPD (including symptoms, prevalence, causes and evidence-based treatments)
  2. Co-existing disorders in BPD
  3. Treatment principles
  4. Treatment structure
  5. The therapeutic relationship
  6. Skills development focus
  7. Partnering with families, partners and carers
  8. Working with suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury behaviours
  9. Clinician self – awareness
  10. Focus on recovery


Andy Bouwman is a mental health social worker with 10 years of experience working in public mental health services in Victoria. He has worked within community and acute teams and has developed a solid understanding of working with clients with BPD in a variety of settings. Andy is a senior clinician and member of the ACT team at Spectrum, providing individual therapy and group programs using this framework. He has joined the workforce development team as he is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge with other clinicians.

Lilli Haig-Wood is a senior mental health Occupational Therapist with extensive experience in a variety of settings including public mental health (inpatient and community), forensics, specialist personality disorder services and homelessness. She works part time in the Spectrum ACT team, providing individual and group programs using the ACT framework and in the workforce development team. She passionate about working alongside clients diagnosed with personality disorders, empowering them to create meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Who should attend? Mental health clinicians and other professionals working with people with personality disorders.

Cost: $500 (payable by credit card only)

Lunch: A light lunch, morning and afternoon tea including a vegetarian selection is provided.

Getting to Spectrum: Spectrum is located at 110 Church Street, on the corner of Church Street and Tweedie Place. Entrance is via the front of the building, to the right of the Skoda car dealership.

Public transport:

  • Tram 78 on Church Street. Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church Street (Stop 63).
  • Tram 109 on Victoria Parade (about a 5 min walk to 110 Church Street)
  • Tram 75 on Bridge Rd (about a 7 min walk to 110 Church Street)

Car parking:

There is very limited 2-hour street parking available in the area. All day parking is available in:

  • 35 Elizabeth Street, Richmond – 11 minute walk (about $16 a day)
  • 1 Allowah Terrace, Richmond – 12 minute walk (about $15/day)
  • Doonside St, Richmond – 14 minute walk (about $10/day
  • 679 Victoria St, Abbotsford, Australia – 20 minute walk (about $10 a day)

Cancellation policy: If your circumstances change and you no longer can attend this event, please log into your Eventbrite account and cancel your ticket and request a refund no later than one (1) week prior to the event. A refund will not be issued if notification has not been received within this time frame and you will be required to pay for the event.

General enquiries: Email [email protected] or phone Spectrum (03) 8413 8750.

COVID-19 Update: To ensure a COVIDsafe event, please do not attend if you:

  • Show symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath
  • Have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and released from self-isolation on day 5 or day 6
  • Are a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case

Price AUD 500.00
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