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Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Approach

Clinical experience and clinical experience and contemporary research acknowledge the complexities that can arise in working with people with a personality disorder. Mentalization-based treatment (MBT) is an empirically–supported treatment for people with borderline personality disorder. It offers positive outcomes for people with complex and multifaceted presentations and high comorbidities.

Two keynote addresses from a leading international expert in the area of personality disorder, Professor Anthony Bateman, will consider how the MBT model has evolved and how it conceptualises and treats the complexities associated with borderline, antisocial and other personality disorders. It is anticipated that the conference will discuss consumer experience of receiving MBT treatment and will showcase how the treatment is being taken up across Victoria and nationwide in a variety of settings.

For attendees who may be less familiar with the MBT model, Spectrum will host Professor Bateman in providing in-depth training in MBT, Structured Clinical Management which is a Common Factors Treatment model that he developed. Professor Bateman will also present a separate post-conference workshop covering the diagnosis and treatment of antisocial personality disorder.

Were: Melbourne Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

When: Friday 16th October 2020 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Professor Anthony Bateman

Event Flyer (PDF, 1.3MB)

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN - Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Each 2-day Core Competency workshop will aim to upskill clinicians and service providers to recognise, respond to and treat people living with BPD and to be inclusive of family and friends. Ongoing mentoring and supervision will be offered to participants for the life of the project.

This workshop will cover the core competencies clinicians require to effectively engage with and support people with BPD including:

  1. Understanding the diagnosis of BPD (including symptoms, prevalence, causes and evidence based treatments)
  2. Co-morbidity and co-existing disorders in BPD
  3. General principles for the treatment and care of people with BPD
  4. Treatment structure
  5. The therapeutic relationship
  6. Partnering with families, partners and carers
  7. Working with risk
  8. Skills development focus
  9. Clinician self – awareness
  10. Recovery in BPD

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

 

This project has been developed by a partnership between Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service  with funding from the National Mental Health Commission.

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.

Spectrum Professional Development Calendar 2020

 

Register for training:

Spectrum workshops 2020

 

In his opening address to the 2019 BPD Foundation conference, Minister Foley spoke of the ‘tide of change” that is coming and the partnership between Spectrum and the State Government to conduct the PDI Program to help to build the capability and expertise of the clinical Mental health workforce which is being rolled out in six health services. By building the skill and competency of clinicians to provide effective treatment of people with BPD it is hoped that they will be able to help increase awareness of and improve understanding of Personality Disorders and also to help to reduce stigma and discrimination.

LATE BREAKING NEWS! – Additional presentation by Professor Louise Newman AM - Mothering & Identity in BPD - Early intervention approaches.

PROFESSOR LOUISE NEWMAN AM, BA(Hons) MBBS(Hons) PhD FRANZCP Cert. Child Psych. RANZCP
 
Louise Newman is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne


 
Prior to this appointment she was the Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology. She was the founding Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and the previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. In January 2011 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for work in child protection and asylum seeker advocacy.
 
She is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants.  She has undertaken research into the issues confronting parents with histories of early trauma and neglect.  Her current research focusses on the evaluation of infant-parent interventions in high-risk populations, the concept of parental reflective functioning in mothers with borderline personality disorder and the neurobiology of parenting disturbance
 
She has published in the areas of infant mental health, attachment disorders, trauma, and prevention of child abuse. She is co-author of the textbooks Clinical Skills in Infant Mental Health and Contemporary Approaches in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
 
She is the Convenor of Doctors for Justice and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Group. She has been a Government advisor on asylum seeker and refugee mental health and contributed to the development of policy for mental health screening and response to torture survivors. She has been involved in research into the impact of immigration detention on child asylum seekers.

 

Spectrum’s Annual Conference

Borderline Personality Disorder: Expression, Impact and Treatment across Life Stages

Date: Friday 13th September 2019

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre – 1 Convention Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

Cost: $295            Contact: Lalitha Ganapathy – Phone: 03 8413 8753 Email: spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au

 

Human Personality undergoes continuous development and modification in response to maturation and environmental factors.

Contemporary research is pointing to the recognition of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) across the life stages.

This conference will consider the diagnosis, prevention, early intervention and treatments across life stages, with eminent speakers presenting on BPD from childhood, through adolescence and adulthood to older age.

Three concurrent workshops have also been planned for the afternoon.

Conference flyer 2019

Registration via Eventbrite

 

 

 This group is designed to support psychologists with their practice in the public and/or private sector who encounter challenging and complex clients with diagnoses of personality disorders.

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.

Are you a health professional? Have you worked with people living with personality disorder?
 
SANE Australia is conducting a research project and would like to hear from you.
 

Get involved with Spectrum’s research program!

Does depression experienced by someone diagnosed with BPD differ from depressive disorder?

Spectrum is recruiting for a research study to understand how people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder experience depression.