Training and resources for GPs and mental health professionals

Training and resources for GPs and mental health professionals


Professional development

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Supervision Group and Online Consultation Team

The Australian DBT Institute offers group supervision for clinicians interested in working with clients with BPD. The role of the consultation team is to assist in the therapeutic process by providing feedback and support to therapists. The monthly meetings provide advice, share ideas and discuss ways to cope with difficult clients.


How to Treat Quiz: Borderline Personality Disorder

Online quiz following reading, one hour’s duration. This article is written by Prof Jayashri Kulkarni from Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.

For PDP, find online quiz at This quiz is only available to Australian registered doctors.


E-Mental Health in Practice Modules

The Black Dog Institute offers a suite of online training modules, webinars and resources designed to introduce GPs to online programs and tools, and to demonstrate how these tools and technologies can be integrated into face-to-face care as a free or low-cost supplementary resource to their services. There is also a webinar about online self-care for doctors.

E-mental Health – A guide for GPs

The RACGP has developed e-Mental health: A guide for GPs to assist doctors in using e-mental health interventions with their patients when it is safe to do so. The Guide is designed to provide an introduction to the field of e-mental health, direct doctors to key online resources for them and their patients, and help them to decide how to use e-mental health in their practice.

DBT Therapist Wiki

Practice Ground offers Q&A sessions, webinars, courses and resources collected and shared in one web page. The resources are designed for clinicians interested in developing DBT skills or using DBT strategies to work with clients with BPD.


Resources for GP

Managing borderline personality disorder and substance use – An integrated approach

This article provides an overview of how the GP can provide effective support for patients with co-occurring borderline personality disorder and substance use disorder, including approaches to assessment and treatment, the therapeutic relationship, referral pathways and managing risk and chronic suicidality.

Borderline Personality Disorder – A resource booklet for GPs

This booklet is a short guide for GPs working with patients diagnosed with BPD. It covers the role of the doctor in the care plan, managing crises and suicidality, being aware of consequences of hospitalisation and medication, and taking care of yourself.


Mental health risk assessment – A guide for GPs

This article summarises the risk assessment of patients with possible mental disorders and provides suggestions regarding measures that may be undertaken to manage risk in psychiatric emergencies.


Borderline Personality Disorder: An evidence-based guide for generalist mental health professionals

By Anthony W. Bateman and Roy Krawitz

This is a book for general mental health professionals who treat people with borderline personality disorder (Bpd). It offers practical guidance on how to help people with Bpd with advice based on research evidence. After a discussion of the symptoms of Bpd, the authors review all the generalist treatment interventions that have resulted in good outcomes in randomised controlled trials, when compared with specialist treatments, and summarise the effective components of these interventions. The treatment strategies are organised into a structured approach called Structured Clinical Management (Scm), which can be delivered by general mental health professionals without extensive additional training.

The heart of the book outlines the principles underpinning Scm and offers a step-by-step guide to the clinical intervention. Practitioners can learn the interventions easily and develop more confidence in treating people with Bpd. In addition, a chapter is devoted to how to help families – an issue commonly neglected when treating patients with Bpd. Finally the authors discuss the top 10 strategies for delivering treatment and outline how the general mental health clinician can deliver these strategies competently.


Borderline Personality Disorder

By Shireen L Rizvi and Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault

In: Case Studies in Clinical Psychological Science – Bridging the Gap from Science to Practice

Edited by William O’Donohue and Scott O. Lilienfeld

In the past few decades clinical science has emerged as a prominent model for training and practice in clinical psychology. This model emphasizes evidence derived from high-quality research and is consistent with the increasingly influential evidence-based movement in medicine, which is a vital step toward making psychotherapy more effective, efficient, and safe. Despite this trend, much current psychological practice is not evidence-based; moreover, there is a marked dearth of resources available to train students and assist practitioners with the challenging goal of translating science into practice.


Case Studies in Clinical Psychological Science demonstrates in detail how the clinical science model can be applied to actual cases. Edited by Professors William O’Donohue and Scott O. Lilienfeld, this book’s unique structure presents dialogues between leading clinical researchers regarding the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, from depression and Alzheimer’s disease to Panic Disorder and chronic pain. Chapters describe what evidence-based practice consists of for various clinical problems and are followed by commentary sections in which other leading clinical researchers analyze the case at hand, pointing out additional assessment and treatment options and controversial issues. The chapter authors then reply to the commentary in response sections. By examining the application of scientifically based interventions to actual cases and modeling thoughtful and collegial discussion among prominent clinical researchers, Case Studies in Clinical Psychological Science will assist students, practitioners, and clinical researchers with the crucial task of applying research evidence to psychotherapy and bridging the gap between science and practice.