The Pre-Conference Workshop is available to Mental Health clinicians and other professionals working with people with personality disorders.
The pre-conference workshop will be held in Wickham & Terrace Rooms
Associate Professor Rao (Clinical Director of Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria) will facilitate a full day workshop for Mental Health clinicians and other professionals working with people with personality disorders: 'Core treatment strategies for BPD' (with specific emphasis on risk factors and risk assessment methods for self-harm and suicidality).
A/Professor Sathya Rao has treated people with BPD for the past two decades and is extensively involved in teaching and training clinicians in the field. He has published research papers, contributed chapters to books and has co-authored a book on BPD. He was part of the NHMRC clinical guidelines development committee for BPD.
Risk assessment and risk management of self-injury and suicide in BPD is often confusing and is known to create fear and anxiety amongst clinicians. This often contributes to multiple and unnecessary hospitalizations and at times excessively restrictive care (use of mental health act). Most clinicians are not adequately trained in the treatment of BPD. Specialist treatments such as DBT or MBT can involve extensive training and are often not readily accessible. This workshop aims to discuss core treatment strategies and demystify risk assessment and risk management of BPD using the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) clinical practice guidelines (2012) for BPD and the clinical wisdom developed at Spectrum, Centre of clinical excellence for BPD, Victoria in the last two decades.
The workshop will describe the following:
- Core treatment strategies for BPD.
- Recommendations of the NHMRC clinical practice guidelines for risk assessment and risk management demonstrated with real life case examples
- Spectrums’ risk assessment methodology outlined in NHMRC guidelines- workshop participants would have the opportunity to work on risk assessment and discuss management of a de-identified case
- Discuss the assessment of risk of self- harm and suicidality and its management in both public and private mental health settings
- Differentiating the risk of self-harm from risk of suicide and their management in the context of BPD coexisting with disorders such as depression, substance abuse etc.
A/Prof Rao invites you to submit your own case study for discussion during the workshop. Please contact him on Sathya.Rao@easternhealth.org.au and he will send you a template outlining the details required.
Associate Professor Sathya Rao