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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Event number: 18910
4.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr. Amanda Commons Treloar, PhD Clinical psychologist, MCCLP, MAPS
Borderline Personality Disorder
"Understanding the unconscious function of deliberate self harm and managing the transference relationship"
This workshop will demonstrate the value of using a psychoanalytic theoretical framework to explore and understand the unconscious function of deliberate self harm in patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. It will blend both theoretical and practical treatment considerations in working with BPD, using detailed case-study presentations to demonstrate this material. It will also provide for a consideration of diagnostic procedures and discussion of techniques that can assist the psychotherapeutic approach.
Specific discussion will also be offered on appreciating the role of the clinician in the therapeutic alliance in terms of the patient's prognosis. The role of the transference in the repetition of the patient's trauma (and therefore the occurrence of recurrent deliberate self harm during treatment), and the importance of recognising and managing the countertransference is considered in detail. 
The theoretical content of this workshop has been empirically tested (within education programs provided to emergency medicine and mental health clinicians in Australia and New Zealand) to demonstrate its effectiveness in improving clinician attitudes toward working in this clinical area.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this workshop, participants will have:
1. An understanding of the borderline personality disorder diagnosis and the aetiological constellations of its development
2. A considered approach to understanding deliberate self harm behaviours and their significance in treatment planning
3. An understanding of the Freudian psychoanalytic framework in terms of its use in interpreting DSH behaviours
4. A considered knowledge relating to the transference interactions in the therapeutic work
5. Develop a more reflective and psychotherapeutically correct way to conceptualise behavioural disturbance that occurs in the psychotherapy with BPD clients

About the presenter(s)

Dr. Amanda Commons Treloar is a clinical psychologist and registered supervisor that has worked extensively with a variety of mental health issues, including borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar affective disorder, and psychosis. She has worked in public psychiatry, community health, university, and now currently in private practice. Her doctoral studies were completed at Monash University in the area of Psychological Medicine, looking at how we as clinicians understand behavioural disturbance in BPD. She has published internationally through articles and a book in understanding the transference and countertransference phenomenon when working with the BPD client group. She is passionate about assisting people in monitoring and managing their own mental health, but also supporting clinicians in their psychotherapeutic practice.


Dr. Amanda Commons Treloar will have limited copies of her book in hardcover and softcover available for purchase on the day (RRP $130US hardcover / $80US softcover at half price).

Tea, light refreshments and lunch are included

Online registration

Ballarat Central

Oscars Hotel & Cafe Bar
18 Doveton Street South
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 29/11/2017
End date: 29/11/2017
Time: 10am to 3pm


APS member: $120
APS student member: $90
Non APS member: $190


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