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165857 - Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in Primary Care Settings - Module 3

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This is the 3rd training module delivered as part of an 18 month collaborative project between SEMPHN and Spectrum. Modules 1 and 2 have previously been conducted in Frankston and Dandenong with positive feedback from participants. 

Module 3 will be conducted in Dandenong on 31/08/19 and Frankston on 21/09/19, and is a practically based training which aims to encourage, empower and enable GPs to provide more effective care for their patients with BPD. The training will focus on treatment skills such as: 

• Validation skills 
• Safety plans and treatment plans 
• Psycho education for the patient and family 
• Limit setting 
• Emotional regulation skills 
• Connections between thoughts, emotions and behaviors 

This training will be delivered by Psychiatrist and Associate Professor Sathya Rao, Executive Clinical Director of Spectrum, Personality Disorder Service for Victoria , adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University and Dr Penny Speed, Psychiatrist from Eastern Health.

Relevance to General Practice

6% of patients presenting to GP practices have BPD (Gross et al, 2002) so this client group represents a significant workload for GPs. Given BPD symptoms include difficulty with interpersonal interactions, working with them can present significant challenges for GPs. 

Health service pathways for this high-risk/high-need patient group are dependent on the quality of care that GPs provide, which is dependent on GPs’ capacity to identify and understand BPD. GPs also need to be supported sufficiently in order to develop the skills that are necessary to provide effective care for BPD patients (Wlodarczyk et al, 2018). 

The NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of BPD (2012) recommendations 30 and 38, outline how GPs can play an important and ongoing role in the care of people with BPD, including providing appropriate care and making referrals. 

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Learning outcomes
  • Validate complex and challenging states and behaviours
  • Educate patients and families about BPD diagnosis, treatments and outcomes
  • Develop a safety plan in collaboration with their BPD patient
  • Explain how they can implement therapeutic interactions with their patients
  • Delivery
    165857 - Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in Primary Care Settings - Module 3
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    2.5 hours
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