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.

Breaking News

2015 Professional Development Training Calendar now available. See links at the bottom of this page.

NEW ***DBT Training*** July 2015. See Professional Development Pages


Spectrum's highly regarded book 'Borderline Personality Disorder - Towards Effective Treatment' is now on sale. Normally selling for $95, we are currently offering this textbook for $55.

"This book unveils the shroud of misunderstanding that exsits around this disorder and points the way towards working constructively and effectively with this patient group"
Richard Newton, past Chair, Fellowships Attainment Committee, RANZCP.

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Other News

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.

Fostering Realistic Hope Week end workshop

Bouverie Centre is running a Weekend workshop for carer families supporting a family member with Borderline Personality Disorder. 18th & 19th April 2015. Click here for more details


NEA.BPDAust Launches Specialist Leaders Training For Borderline Personality Disorder Clinicians and Family Members

 For the first time, the Internationally renowned, community wide Family Connections programme will be rolled out nationally in Australia.  Family Connections is an evidence based, free community wide programme that reflects a decade of research and International expertise by the US based National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder. Mental health clinicians and family members with a BPD loved one will receive specialist training in Melbourne on May 2 and 3 with Dr Roy Krawitz FRANZP; and in Adelaide on June 29 and 30 with Professor Alan Fruzzetti, and then with the full support of training manuals and the NEA.BPDAust organisation, be in a position to lead community groups through the once a week, 12 week programme. For further information on the Leaders training, email bpdaust@gmail.com  or complete the registration form on http://www.bpdaustralia.com/family-connections



Wise Choices - Acceptance and committment therapy groups for people with borderline personality disorderWise 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


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Note: for registrations in Family Workshops, use the registration form attached to workshop page by clicking here.