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.

Learning Objectives

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 [email protected]

Our Trainer

Ms 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

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and may be transferred to online delivery pending any social restrictions at the time of the course. 

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 Short Course Coordinator at: [email protected]

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 [email protected].

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Standard Enrolment

Decrease Increase $250.00

Concession Enrolment

Decrease Increase $225.00

External Student or Cairnmillar Alumni Enrolment

Decrease Increase $150.00

Cairnmillar Student Enrolment

Decrease Increase $40.00