Guidelines for working with people with BPD
Download the National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline (2017) for the assessment, treatment and management of pregnant women/new mothers with BPD in primary care settings.
See Project Air Strategy to download evidence-based guidelines assisting services and practitioners in treating people experiencing a personality disorder and working with their families, partners and carers. Guidelines also available to support teachers and educational staff in working effectively with young people presenting with BPD symptoms.
See the National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (2015) guideline to recognition and management of BPD in primary care, general principles working with people with BPD, assessment and management by community mental health services, and organisation and planning of services.
American Psychiatric Association has online paid courses for professional development in the treatment of people with BPD.
Australian Psychological Society Events Calendar If you are interested in professional development about various therapeutic approaches to the treatment of BPD, check this site see training workshops you can complete online or attend in Australia.
Schema Therapy training Australia runs workshops for clinicians in Australian cities including Canberra specifically around BPD and it’s treatment.
The Australian DBT Institute in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health Education delivers DBT workshops for mental health clinicians that range from one day to 12 months in duration. These workshops are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. DBT retreats are held in Far North Queensland, Bali and Thailand. Register here.
Behavioral Tech – A Linehan Institute Training Company offers online training and videos around DBT and suicide interventions.
Mentalisation-Based Treatment Training The people listed here are recognised by the Anna Freud Centre as having completed all the requirements to be MBT supervisors and associate trainers. Together they have formed MBT Australia which is the focus for further developments in Australia. Their joint knowledge about mentalizing and its application to clinical work is extensive, ranging from mothers and infants, families, and adolescents to adults and personality disorder.
Spectrum is a personality disorder service in Victoria that offers 1-2 day workshop for clinicians interested in working with people with personality disorders and learning a range of therapy types such as DBT, MBT and ACT.
Practice Ground is a site that provides access to new and past courses, collaborative projects and tools to help improve mental health outcomes. Resources are evidence-based and aimed to help service providers to treat the whole person more effectively as well as supporting workers’ wellbeing.
Blue Knot offers professional development training about working with complex trauma clients in Australian cities and online. Access the calendar to register for the next training event. Find free fact sheets and videos about providing trauma-informed care on the resources page.
Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) offers practical guide for working with carers of people with a mental illness. This package includes a guide, carer nomination form and online training module.
Communicating with loved ones of those with BPD
Kids Matter provides free professional learning which caters for a variety of people working in early childhood services and takes into account educators’ different levels of qualification and experience, as well as varying group composition and size. They can be a starting point for those beginning to think about children’s mental health but also many opportunities for teams wanting to reflect more deeply about their practices, policies and assumptions.
University of Warwick
Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters
This free online course is aimed at everyone who has an interest in promoting the well being of their own baby, or the parents and babies they work with. You do not need any prior knowledge of infant or child development, just a desire to learn about parents and babies, and the way that early interaction shapes later development. The course is based on the latest research in the field and you will be introduced to key concepts relating to infant psychology and attachment.
Children of Parents with Mental Illness offers free professionally-endorsed online courses targeted to all mental health, family, child and youth services:
- Child aware practice
- Keeping families and children in mind
- Supporting infants and toddlers
- Let’s talk about children
- Family focus
- Child aware supervision
The Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) developed online training modules Consumers and Carers as Educators to inform and support mental health professionals in collaborating with consumers and their carers in their recovery.