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This one day workshop for families, friends and others who support someone with BPD (or a likely diagnosis of BPD) provides information about BPD and how to best support the person whilst still caring for yourselves. The group will explore a number of educational and practical approaches to learning new skills in the context of a safe environment amongst other carers.

All attendees will be invited to participate in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the workshops. This will involve answering some questions about your knowledge of BPD and the impact of your caring role on your well-being. Further information about this will be sent to prior to the workshop. Research participation is entirely voluntary. However information gained will be helpful for Spectrum in ensuring the support we provide to carers is as helpful as possible.


Rita Brown is the Carer Consultant for Spectrum and provides a lived experience of supporting/caring for someone with BPD at a number of Spectrum’s workshops. Rita is a volunteer and board member of the Australian BPD Foundation and a co-facilitator of the Mind Australia BPD Family and Carer Support Group.

Rita will be supported by Jo Veltkamp a Senior Clinician working with Spectrum. Jo also works as a Mental Health Nurse in other areas of Public Health with a predominant interest in working with people who have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.

Drawing from a common factors framework, Jo has experience with individual , family and group therapy.


Who should register? Family and friends of people with (or a likely diagnosis of) borderline personality disorder.

Cost: Free

Lunch: A light lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please notify us of any dietary requirements a week or so before the workshop.

Public Transport: Easily accessible via public transport. Limited street parking.

General enquiries: Spectrum (03) 8833 3050 or email spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au


Register at Eventbrite.