Our 10-week Intensive Group Treatment Program is a recently developed approach to treating BPD. It’s called an intensive program because it provides 80 hours of group treatment, over a 10-week period, delivered over two days per week, four hours per day.
The program is based on Spectrum treatment principles, and is designed for people with BPD whose severity and complexity doesn’t require clinical case management. Clients attending this program may, however, be engaged with long-term community supports (e.g. Partners In Recovery, Mental Health Community Support Service worker, mental health nurse, private psychologist or private psychiatrist). In some cases (depending on severity) clients who are case-managed in area mental health services may be considered for this program.
- Over the 10-week course, this approach provides effective treatment that helps people with BPD improve in their psychological well-being.
- The aim of the program is to to inform individuals of strategies and treatment modalities that are shown to be effective in the treatment of BPD. The client can use this information in order to make better choices around their own self-management of BPD and to access further services that are appropriate to them. The program also aims to assist individuals to develop a crisis management plan that can be applied during times of crisis or in order to build personal resilience.
The program focuses on a number of areas that have been shown to assist people with BPD. These are:
- Psycho-Education about BPD
- Understanding Emotions
- Coping with Distressing or Intense Emotions
- Acceptance and Willingness
- Values and Value-Directed Action
- Building Relationships
- Giving & Receiving Feedback
- Boundaries and Limit Setting
- Self-Support Planning.