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Chronic Suicidality and Self-Harm in Borderline Personality Disorder: Managing the Risk

by | May 22, 2018

Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), or traits are often chronically suicidal and use self-harm to regulate their emotional world. Working therapeutically with these presentations requires the clinician to assess and manage the risk differently.

Learning Objectives

This workshop will provide learning in:

  • understanding the difference between chronic and acute suicide risk
  • the functions of self-harm
  • the different method of risk assessment used with chronic suicidality
  • talking with the at-risk borderline client and managing the dynamics in the room
  • knowing and observing our own emotional responses and counter-transference
  • making management decisions about risk in this population, and documenting this
  • common systemic dynamics that occur between professionals when faced with risk in borderline personality disorder, and how to navigate these issues.

Click here to view the workshop flyer.

Our Trainer

Ms Kelly Watt-McMahon is a consulting clinical psychologist, with over 20 years’ experience in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, assessment and consultation. She has experience working with adults, older adolescents, couples and families, presenting with a wide range of psychological problems. Kelly is also a specialist in personality disorder and high-risk presentations.

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments.

9am – 4pm

Standard Price: $300
External Students or Cairnmillar Alumni: $200*
Cairnmillar Students: $30*

For further information, email the Short Course Coordinator at:

*Terms and Conditions apply, please see Enrol Now page for full details.