Chronic Suicidality and Self-Harm in BPD: Managing the Risk

Key Facts

Study Load: 1 Day
Location: Hawthorn East, Victoria
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: Yearly
Fees: $40-250

Course Overview

Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or traits are often chronically suicidal and use self-harm to regulate their emotional world. Working therapeutically with these presentations requires the clinician to assess and manage the risk differently.

What does this course offer?

This workshop will provide learning in:

  • understanding the difference between chronic and acute suicide risk
  • the functions of self-harm
  • a model of risk assessment specific to chronic self-injury risk in BPD
  • talking with the at-risk borderline client and managing the dynamics
  • knowing and observing our own emotional responses and counter-transference
  • making management decisions about risk in this population, and documenting this
  • common systemic dynamics that occur between professionals when faced with risk in borderline personality disorder, and how to navigate these issues.

Please note, Monash Health staff need not enrol. For any enquiries, please contact pd@cairnmillar.edu.au.

Course Structure

Delivery Method

This course is delivered from 9.00am until 4.00pm, at 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123.

 

Upcoming Course Dates

To be notified of future course dates, please submit your interest here.

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and conditional to Government restrictions implemented at the time of the course. In the case we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, the event will be transferred to online delivery. We will email all registered attendees as soon as possible if changes are required. In this case, a free course transfer will also be available to an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees.

Our Trainers

Kelly Watt-McMahon, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator:

Kelly Watt-McMahon is a consulting clinical psychologist, with over 25 years’ experience in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, assessment and consultation. She previously worked for over a decade in leadership roles at Spectrum, the state-wide personality disorder service, providing assessment and treatment to some of the most high risk cases in Victoria, and consultation and training to mental health clinicians across Australia. Kelly currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Cairnmillar, and coordinates the Master of Professional Psychology program.

Further Information

Fees

Our course fees are inclusive of GST and cover all course materials, such as presentation slides, handouts and a certificate of completion.

Standard Enrolment: $250
Concession*: $225
External Students or Cairnmillar Alumni: $150
Cairnmillar Student: $40

*Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to pd@cairnmillar.edu.au.

FAQ

Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at pd@cairnmillar.edu.au or phone 03 9813 3400.

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