Spectrum is a statewide service in Victoria that supports and works with local Area Mental Health Services to provide treatment for people with personality disorder. Spectrum focuses on those who are at risk from serious self-harm or suicide and who have particularly complex needs.
Update to Spectrum Workshops in 2014
Spectrum has just updated its list of professional development workshops and training events for the second half of 2014, with new dates and events.
Click here to download the latest calendar of training events.
Spectrum is very pleased to be able to offer to mental health professionals a unique training opportunity in DBT during 2014. Collaborating with internationally renowned trainers, we are hosting a two-day skills training workshop aimed at introducing the fundamentals of Dialectical behaviour Therapy skills.
This event has been very popular and all places for the Melbourne workshop are now filled. However, please contact us if you are interested and we will add your name to a waiting list. Places are also still available for our Sydney DBT workshop.
NHMRC 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder
On 15 March 2013 the National Health and Medical Research Council launched Australia’s first ever Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder. The guideline seeks to improve understanding and recognition of BPD in health services and the community and will assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage BPD in adolescents and adults.
Read more here.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders - DSM-V
The long-awaited revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) was launched in May 2013. Very little has changed with respect to personality disorder. The DSM-V keeps the same 10 personality disorders as were described in DSM-IV. The major change in this edition is a move away from multi-axial diagnoses.
Read more here.
Wise Choices: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Groups for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (Morton & Shaw, 2012) is a group treatment manual for borderline personality disorder which is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The manual includes a CD with electronic copies of 70 participant handouts.
"This volume provides a new and exciting direction for the treatment of those who suffer with borderline personality disorder."
Professor Steven Hayes
Borderline Personality Disorder - Towards Effective Treatment (Beatson, Rao & Watson, 2010) is a comprehensive text on borderline personality disorder for health professionals. It provides an overview of aetiology, treatment and service system issues.
"This book provides a well-presented synthesis of current best practice."
Dr Cris Mileshkin