Skills for working with Borderline Personality Disorder 201

Diane Clare

This online workshop will provide a more in-depth look into BPD, and evidence-based psychological treatment options for personality disorders.


An Overview

This one day follow-up workshop builds on the introductory workshop of BPD 101 where we looked at Recognising, Understand and Responding to BPD. It is a chance to offer an in-depth look at your own casework, drawing on the issues in a little more detail.

It is expected that you will be able to recognise the core presentation for BPD (e.g. DSM5 criteria) and to have a reasonable means of understanding a person with BPD impacts on you and your team.   There will only be a very brief recap of those BPD 101 points, but the focus in this workshop is about ideas for how to respond.

If you have not attended the BPD 101 workshop, or you have limited training in recognising and understanding BPD, it is highly recommended you do this before attending BPD 201. Visit the website or email [email protected] for more information.


What will this one-day training offer you?

  1. A brief recap of diagnosis issues and awareness of impact on you and others (recognising and understanding).
  2. The chance to apply some of the preliminary responding skills to helping your case example. This will again draw on the evidence base such as DBT or STEPPS.  It dips into those models for a few tools and is not a replacement for training in such programs.
  3. Help you to discuss at least one case example in small groups and main group discussion.
  4. Get a summary of a treatment plan to take back to apply to your casework with BPD.


Case example preparation for you to bring to the training:

It is important to make sure this is anonymous and get client consent to bring this overview on basis of anonymity for your training and learning needs:

  • Context of where the client is being seen (e.g. mental health, ACC funded, NGO).
  • About your client: age, gender, culture, location and core presenting issues.
  • Safety issues: a summary of any risk issues and how managed.
  • Evaluation of your/your team’s personal response to this client and what tried, what worked.


When: contact us to register your interest in this training

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: Special reduced price – $215 inc GST.

Contact: Faye  [email protected]

> register online


Q About Diane

BA, MA (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych., AFBPS
Memberships: NZCCP, MNZAP, ISSTD
Accredited Practitioner in EMDR and is a member of the EMDRNZ Board.

Diane Clare is a registered clinical psychologist who trained at the University of Canterbury. Diane has worked in mental health and counselling services since 1981, first as a grief counsellor then as a psychotherapist, before becoming registered as a psychologist in 1993. She has worked in leadership and Director level roles across a range of services in both NZ and the UK including primary care, adult mental health, forensic, intellectual disability and tertiary student services.

While in the UK in 2005 she developed the Alternatives to Self-Harm programme and has presented her work internationally since 2012. Diane is a seasoned presenter and provides a range of workshop options with an emphasis on practical solutions for clinical staff. She has a specialist interest in working with people recovering from the effects of complex trauma.

Q Who Should Attend

In addition to therapists and MH professionals in both primary and secondary level care, this workshop is also for front-line staff with no, or little psychological training, who may be struggling with how to work with these clients.

It is suitable for those working in social services, health and law enforcement, including:

- Emergency Room staff, Crisis Telephone Helpline staff
- School counsellors and teaching staff
- Community mental health staff
- Police and Probation Officers
- Youth justice counsellors
- Key Workers, Unit Managers, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers
- General Practitioners
- Psychologists & Psychiatrists RTLB, Therapists, and Licensed Practising Counsellors

It will particularly suit those in NFP’s, community-based outreach services, community organisations, and those working with specific groups including young people or people with comorbid substance use.