A two-day workshop will be held in Roma on 1–2 May to help participants understand and work safely with individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorders.
South West Hospital and Health Service Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen says borderline personality disorder (BPD) was a serious mental illness that could cause a lot of suffering and carried a risk of suicide.
“The condition affected between two and six per cent of Australians. It is an often-misunderstood condition that has many challenging aspects, including intense and stormy relationships, low self-esteem, self-sabotaging acts, mood fluctuations and impulsivity.”
“It can last for years but it is treatable if properly diagnosed. “Recent studies have suggested the majority of those with BPD do well over time, with most experiencing sustained relief from symptoms and around half being completely free of symptoms and able to function well in life.’’
Mr Johannesen says the two-day workshop was open to participants such as teachers, police, ambulance officers, staff working in non-government agencies, school nurses and clinicians working in mental and general health settings.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Wendy McIntosh of Laidley-based Davaar Consultancy Training and Development.
Mr Johannesen says Dr McIntosh was an expert in the field and would discuss and explain role and boundary theories with the aim of better understanding people with BPD.
“Participants will get a better understanding of how they respond to others based on their behaviours, which then often governs how those others then respond to them.”
The workshop will be held from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on 1–2 May at the Training and Development Room, Roma Hospital.
The course fee is $220 plus GST
For more information and details of how to register, contact Davaar Consultancy on phone 0411 385 573 or email: [email protected]