Understanding and Managing Borderline Personality Disorder

Presenter: Sarah Swannell

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is defined as a pattern of marked impulsivity and instability of affects, interpersonal relationships and self-image. The pattern is present by early adulthood and occurs across a variety of situations and contexts (DSM 5).

It has been estimated that within psychiatric services, the prevalence of BPD in the community is between 1% and 4%, and accounts for 9% of all mental health presentations to emergency departments (Hong, 2016). 11% of outpatients and 19% of inpatients meet criteria for BPD (M. M. Linehan, 1993). Treatment has often been inadequate, with clinical improvement being marginal for many years post initial assessment (M. M. Linehan, 1993). Given their lack of improvement, these clients tend to be high service users over many years. As noted by Grenyer (2013) “Until recently, borderline personality disorder (BPD) was considered to be a chronic ongoing condition with a poor prognosis and no effective treatment. However, the prognosis for this disorder is now considered improved for most patients if one of a number of effective evidence-based treatments is implemented.”

Presenter: Sarah Swannell is a registered psychologist with 14 years of research and 10 years of clinical experience. She has worked in tertiary education institutions, private practice, community mental health, and public and private hospitals with both outpatients and inpatients. Sarah currently works in private practice and is a Senior Psychologist in public community mental health. She coordinates the DBT Program at the Prince Charles Hospital and is Chief Investigator on a multisite research project investigating the effectiveness of DBT Skills Modules across five large hospitals in South East Queensland. Sarah also coordinates the Brisbane North Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Mental Health Professionals’ Network and holds an Academic Title of Lecturer at The University of Queensland.

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Early Bird – payment needs to be made by Sunday 8 March 2020

Contact: Ros Turner
Email: qca@qca.asn.au

This event counts as 7 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

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8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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