Health professionals

The Spectrum Training Calendar

Who can attend the workshops?

Professional development workshops are primarily intended for mental health clinicians and other professionals working with people who have personality disorders.

Workshops for professionals

In addition to the professional development workshops we offer a workshop for people who provide unpaid care and support to a relative or friend with a diagnosis, or possible diagnosis of BPD - Learning More About BPD: A Workshop for Families and Friends.  This workshop provides information about BPD and how to best support the person whilst still caring for ourselves. The group explores a number of educational and practical approaches to learning new skills within a supportive environment amongst other carers.

Spectrum professional development calendar

The many guises of BPD

Workshops for carers

Location

All workshops on the Spectrum Training Calendar will be held at Spectrum’s new home, 110 Church Street, Richmond.

Requests for specific training (AMHS)

Spectrum may be able to accommodate requests from Area Mental Health Services staff to provide specially tailored training events that meet a local need. These may include requests for professional development workshops for CATT, IPU, CCU, and SECU teams. The content can be developed and tailored to meet particular requirements. Workshops may feature theoretical, practical, and experiential components, designed to meet service needs.

Topics may include:

  • How to assess and manage self-harm and risk
  • How to engage with clients
  • How to work with the interpersonal issues that arise in interactions between a client who has BPD and other clients
  • How to deal with challenging team issues that develop among staff.

Requests for specific training (non-AMHS)

We have a limited capacity to respond to training requests from non-Area Mental Health Services. If we can’t support your request, we can provide a referral list of private trainers. For further information, and to make a request for professional development, please contact Spectrum Intake on (03) 8833 3050, or spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au

Other training options

A national BPD Training Strategy has been established to upskill and engage clinicians working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder and their families. The Australian BPD Foundation, Spectrum The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria and the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) have collaborated to bring together a six part Webinar Series to upskill clinicians. To access the webinars and associated library resources visit the BPD Foundation’s Virtual Library.

Spectrum provides some training in conjunction with other organisations such as VICSERV and Victorian Mental Health Cluster organisations. Enquiries and bookings are made directly with these organisations. Click the following links for contact information – Mental Health Victoria and Victorian Mental Health Cluster.

Regional Area Mental Health Services around Victoria may also be able to access professional development via video-conference. For more information, contact us at spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au.

If you’d like to receive advance notifications via email about Spectrum workshops, please register your interest by email or visit the contact us page on this website.