Evidence suggests one in five patients in early psychosis programs has borderline personality disorder (BPD), and up to half of adults with BPD experience psychotic symptoms. Yet, there is little clinical consensus or research evidence to guide assessment and treatment when psychotic disorders and personality disorder co-occur. This interactive workshop will use case discussion to explore the issues, and will be delivered by staff from the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for BPD.

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, we will be delivering this workshop online.
The training will comprise didactic and interactive experiential sessions. The workshop will include PowerPoint slides, video clips, online documents, and both large and small group discussions. Regular short breaks will be included throughout the training.

This event will cover:

  • describe the rationale for early intervention in BPD
  • outline the evidence regarding the co-occurrence of BPD and psychosis
  • compare the principles for early intervention for BPD with those for first episode psychosis
  • discuss how the differences might affect clinical practice.


  • Dr Louise McCutcheon (Senior clinical psychologist, coordinator Orygen clinical training) — Orygen specialist clinical program
  • Assoc Prof Andrew Chanen (Director of clinical services) — Orygen specialist clinical program

Eligibility criteria

Participants will need a computer, laptop or tablet with internet access and a working camera and microphone to take part in the workshop.
If you are unable to access any of the required equipment, or are unable to attend any part of the workshop, please let us know as soon as possible.
Pre-reading, handouts and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to participants via email prior to the workshop.

Categories: Younger persons mental health
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Youth

Wednesday 10 June 2020
09:00 to 16:00
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Clinicians in private practice, or who are not Victorian public mental health professionals will be charged $220.00 per day of training.

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