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Spectrum Professional Development Calendar 2020

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Spectrum workshops 2020

Please note: Currently all Spectrum in-person training has been cancelled for this year. However, we continue to provide our popular free Q&A sessions and we are developing some on-line training options. Please continue to check our website for any notifications about on-line training options


All workshops on the Spectrum Training Calendar will be held on site at Spectrum, at 110 Church Street, Richmond, or online via Zoom.

Attendance at Spectrum workshops

Professional development workshops are primarily intended for mental health clinicians and other professionals working with people who have personality disorders.

Spectrum Online Training Opportunities

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Spectrum Q & A Training Sessions

Spectrum is offering a series of Q & A sessions. These Virtual Q & A Training Sessions will provide an opportunity to raise questions regarding both practice and theory in relation to working with people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and to participate in facilitated and informative consideration of the questions raised.

Questions and discussion will be on general practice concerns.

The sessions are open to any mental health clinician who has practice or theory questions to raise, or who has an interest in participating in thoughtful consideration of issues related to practice.

The sessions will be hosted by a panel of Spectrum workforce development clinicians.

  • Q & A session in October specifically for General Practitioners.
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Q&A session in October.
  • Mentalization Based Treatment Q&A session in November.

Where: Online

General Practitioner Q & A

When: Wednesday, 7 October at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Presenters: A/Prof Sathya Rao, Dr Gillian Singleton, Dr Lukas Cheney

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Q & A

When: Friday, 16 October at 10:00am - 11:30am

Presenters: Marianne Weddell, Cathyrn Pilcher and Zoe Gibbs

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Mentalization Based Treatment Q & A

When: Friday, 27 November at 10:00am - 11:30am

Presenters: Julian Nesci, Andrew Mottram and Alex Potter

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Spectrum 2020 Conference “Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Approach”

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, the planned Spectrum conference for 2020 on “Complexities in Personality Disorder, A Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Approach”, featuring Dr Anthony Bateman, has been postponed. The conference will be held next year. Updates will be posted on our website as further information is available. Please also follow our website and social media for other training options that may be offered in the meantime.

Requests for specific training (AMHS)

Spectrum may be able to accommodate requests from Area Mental Health Services staff to provide specially tailored training events that meet a local need. These may include requests for professional development workshops for CATT, IPU, CCU, and SECU teams. The content can be developed and tailored to meet particular requirements. Workshops may feature theoretical, practical, and experiential components, designed to meet service needs.

Requests for specific training (non-AMHS)

We have a limited capacity to respond to training requests from non-Area Mental Health Services. For further information, and to make a request for professional development, please contact Spectrum Intake on (03) 8833 3050, or spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au

Other training options

A national BPD Training Strategy has been established to upskill and engage clinicians working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder and their families. The Australian BPD Foundation, Spectrum The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria and the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) have collaborated to bring together a six part Webinar Series to upskill clinicians. To access the webinars and associated library resources visit the BPD Foundation’s Virtual Library.

Spectrum provides some training in conjunction with other organisations such as VICSERV and Victorian Mental Health Cluster organisations. Enquiries and bookings are made directly with these organisations. Click the following links for contact information – Mental Health Victoria and Victorian Mental Health Cluster.

Regional Area Mental Health Services around Victoria may also be able to access professional development via video-conference. For more information, contact us at spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au.

If you’d like to receive advance notifications via email about Spectrum workshops, please register your interest by email or visit the contact us page on this website.