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BPD Training workshops with BPD Awareness ACT

Natalie Malcolmson from BPD Awareness ACT is offering two workshops for community service providers working with BPD and other complex mental illnesses . Natalie cares for her partner who has BPD and is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offering her skills to training those with, caring for, or working with BPD and other mental illnesses. Natalie is committed to increasing the capacity and resilience of those living with BPD, carers and working with BPD, and volunteers to help carers of people with BPD by running a monthly support group and facilitating the twelve-week Family Connections program. She was also recently awarded the 2018 ACT Mental Health Carer of the Year for her ongoing contributions to the BPD community in the ACT.

Two workshops will be available:

  1. Understanding BPD

The training has been designed to provide community sector workers with a good understanding of BPD, and how they can better understand and support their clients who have BPD. It will provide an understanding and examples of each of the BPD traits listed in the DSM IV. There will be discussion about treatments options available, complexities of BPD, challenges working with clients who have BPD – understanding self-harm, suicidality and emotional dysregulation, in people with BPD and importantly how to work effectively with someone with BPD.

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: SHOUT Inc., Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce ACT 2607

Cost: $120 for one workshop (or $200 for both workshops)

     2. How to use Dialectical Behaviour Skills (DBT) to work effectively with people with BPD and look after yourself

DBT is an evidence based treatment for those with BPD, and is also helpful for those suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders or any mental illness that causes difficulties in people managing their emotions. Working with complex clients, such as those with BPD, can get overwhelming and stressful for community workers given the chaotic lives that complex clients face. You will learn DBT Skills from the Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance modules of DBT. Part of the therapy is learning DBT Skills, in this workshop, community workers will learn DBT Skills that they can use themselves to manage their own emotions when working with complex clients effectively and they can also pass DBT skills on to their clients to support them to improve their lives.

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue: SHOUT Inc., Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce ACT 2607

Cost: $120 for one workshop (or $200 for both workshops)

For more information about the workshops and to register please email with your name, contact number, email address, organisation you work for and your role.

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