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.
Spectrum’s model of care
Spectrum continues to receive referrals for clients between the ages of 16-64 for direct clinical treatment from Area Mental Health Service Clinicians. A limited range of services can now be accessed by a GPs or private psychiatrists in Victoria. Click here for more information. Please note that due to the large volume of GP referrals under Medicare, we now have a wait list of several months from the time of the referral for GP assessments.
Spectrum 2017 professional development calendar now available
Professional development workshops are primarily provided for clinicians who work in state funded Department of Health Area Mental Health Services (Adult & CAMHS). However, Spectrum welcomes participants from a variety of professional backgrounds. Spectrum also offers free one day workshops for family and friends who are supporting someone with BPD, dates and times for these are listed on Spectrum's calendar. To view our 2017 calendar, click here.
Specialist support groups for BPD families
Family Connections is a free, 12-week course that meets weekly for two hours to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has BPD. Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD, it is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders who are either clinicians or family members of relatives with BPD.
Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman developed the course based on their research as well as their significant professional expertise in counseling people with BPD and their loved ones. Family Connections provides: (i) current information and research on BPD and on family functioning; (ii) individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); (iii) family skills; and (iv) group support that builds an ongoing network for family members.
More information: http://www.bpdaustralia.com/
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