BPD Core Competency Workshop (2-days) (EOI ONLY) – BUNBURY, WA

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Core Competency Workshop (2-day) – Expression of Interest ONLY – Bunbury, WA

About this Event

[Please note:

1. Your registration is an Expression of Interest ONLY.

2. If this workshop is not able to be delivered face to face due to imposed COVID-19 restrictions, it will be reverted to a 2-day online workshop.]

Spectrum Personality Disorder Service will deliver borderline personality disorder (BPD) core competency workshops nationally as part of the National BPD Training and Professional Development Strategy (funded by the National Mental Health Commission with oversight by the Australian BPD Foundation).

The aim of each workshop is to better enable clinicians and service providers to recognise, respond to and treat people living with BPD and 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 work effectively with people with BPD including:

  1. Understanding the diagnosis of BPD (including symptoms, prevalence, causes and evidence based treatments)
  2. Co-existing disorders in BPD
  3. Treatment principles
  4. Treatment structure
  5. Therapeutic relationship
  6. Skills development focus
  7. Partnering with families, partners and carers
  8. Working with suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury behaviours
  9. Clinician self-awareness
  10. Focus on recovery in BPD

Appropriately skilled clinicians/trainers may apply to participate in our Train the Trainer program to deliver the BPD Core Competency Workshops in their area. Train the trainer participants will be selected from across all jurisdictions based on specific selection criteria. After satisfactory completion of the Train the Trainer program, participants will be invited to join the Australian BPD Foundation’s national register of endorsed trainers to deliver the BPD core competency training. Applications for the Train the Trainer Program will open in early 2021.

Expression of Interest Only (EOI)

This is an expression of interest only as places are limited. Therefore you must complete all fields required when applying to be considered for a place. Training is conducted over two (2) full days and you MUST be available to attend both days. You will be notified via email directly from Spectrum if you have been successful in securing a place and you will be required to accept your offer by a due date.

Who should apply? Clinicians working with people with BPD. As places are limited, please do not register for other people, only yourself.

Cost: There is no cost to attend the BPD core competency workshop. It is expected that participants will attend both days. Please do not register if this is not possible. Travel/accommodation is the responsibility of the participant to arrange.

Lunch: A light lunch including a vegetarian selection is provided. If you have any special dietary requirements please email training@bpdfoundation.org.au once you have received confirmation of your place.

Cancellation policy: If your circumstances change and you no longer can attend this event after you have expressed your interest please log in to Eventbrite and cancel your EOI.

General enquiries: training@bpdfoundation.org.au


Marianne Weddell is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience in public and private setting treating a wide range of disorders, managing teams, training staff and supervising/mentoring clinicians. She has a special interest and significant experience with BPD, in particular developing service and family systems to work effectively in this space. She believes in therapy as a tool to help people understand themselves, their passions and build a life worth living.

Cathryn Pilcher is the Clinical Manager of Spectrum and an Occupational Therapist with 15 years’ experience in Mental Health. She is a DBT therapist and was involved in setting up a regional DBT program in Western Australia. Cathryn’s provides consultation, supervision and training and as an OT, is passionate about helping people with personality disorders regain a meaningful and purpose filled life.