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The overall aim of the National BPD Training and Professional Development Strategy (National Training Strategy) is to improve the capacity of clinicians to recognise, respond to and treat people with BPD and be inclusive of families.

The model of the National Training Strategy included four stages as follows:

Stage 1: Webinars – A series of six webinars on the following topics:

  • What is BPD?
  • Treatment principles for BPD
  • Evidence Based Treatments and Access
  • Borderline personality disorder in youth and early intervention
  • Management of self-injury and suicidality
  • Management in Mental Health Services, Primary, Public and Private Sectors

Stage 2: Elearning Program - Effective psychological Treatment for BPD- A program for mental health workers and service providers to help them gain the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based treatment and support to the person with BPD and their family/carers.

Stage 3 & 4 Core Competency & Train the Trainer Workshops; Post Training Support

Between 2019 and 2021, Spectrum collaborated with the Australian BPD Foundation to deliver Stage 3 and Stage 4 of the National Training Strategy which included the development and delivery of core competencies workshops, a Train the Trainer Program and the provision of a range of post-training clinical support and mentoring.


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Beatson, J., & Rao, S. (2014). Psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder. Australasian Psychiatry, 22(6), 529-532.

Gunderson, J. G. (2016). The emergence of a generalist model to meet public health needs for patients with borderline personality disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(5), 452-458.

Weinberg, I., Ronningstam, E., Goldblatt, M., Schechter, M., & Maltsberger, J. (2011). Common factors in empirically supported treatments of borderline personality disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports, 13(1), 60-68.