Skills for working with Borderline Personality Disorder 201

This online workshop will provide a more in-depth look into BPD, and evidence-based psychological treatment options for personality disorders.

Contact us to register your interest in this training

An Overview

This one day follow-up workshop builds on the introductory workshop of BPD 101 where we looked at Recognising, Understanding and Responding to BPD. It is a chance to offer an in-depth look at your own casework, drawing on the issues in a little more detail.  

It is expected that you will be able to recognise the core presentation for BPD (e.g. DSM5 criteria) and you will have a reasonable means of understanding how a person with BPD impacts on you and your team. There will only be a very brief recap of those BPD 101 points, but the focus in this workshop is about ideas for how to respond.  

This training is only available to those who have already completed our BPD 101 workshop with Diane Clare. If you have not attended the BPD 101 workshop, you will need to do so before attending this BPD 201. Visit the website or email for more information.

We also offer the STEPPS™ 2-day Program for Managing Emotional Intensity 
Seeking a way to work with BPD/Emotional Intensity? STEPPS™ may be just what you're looking for.
STEPPS™ was originally designed for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, helping them to understand their diagnosis and teaching skills in a group format to manage emotions and change behaviours towards their wellbeing.
Random Controlled Trials indicate it is highly effective in helping people with emotional intensity difficulties including those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. It can be used individually or in groups and is a practical skills-based approach drawing on cognitive behaviour therapy principles and teaches a range of strategies to assist with emotion regulation in particular.

Visit the website for more information.

Learning Outcomes for BPD 201:

What will this one-day training offer you?

  1. A brief recap of diagnosis issues and awareness of impact on you and others (recognising and understanding).
  2. The chance to apply some of the preliminary responding skills to helping your case example. This will again draw on the evidence base such as DBT or STEPPS™.  It dips into those models for a few tools and is not a replacement for training in such programs. 
  3. Help you to discuss at least one case example in small groups and main group discussion.
  4. Get a summary of a treatment plan to take back to apply to your casework with BPD. 

Case example preparation for you to bring to the training:

It is important to make sure this is anonymous and get client consent to bring this overview on basis of anonymity for your training and learning needs:

  • Context of where the client is being seen (e.g. mental health, ACC funded, NGO). 
  • About your client: age, gender, culture, location and core presenting issues. 
  • Safety issues: a summary of any risk issues and how managed.
  • Evaluation of your/your team's personal response to this client and what tried, what worked.

Recommended pre-workshop reading

Some additional reading that may be of interest are the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on self-harm. Although, these are really part of Alternatives to Self-Harm training, for BPD clients this can be a key issue.

Self-harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence - NICE quality standard on self-harm 

Who Should Attend:

In addition to therapists and MH professionals in both primary and secondary level care, this workshop is also for front-line staff. 

It is suitable for those working in social services, health and law enforcement, including:

  • Emergency Room staff, Crisis Telephone Helpline staff

  • School counsellors and teaching staff

  • Community mental health staff

  • Police and Probation Officers

  • Youth justice counsellors

  • Key Workers, Unit Managers, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers

  • General Practitioners

  • Psychologists & Psychiatrists RTLB, Therapists, and Licensed Practising Counsellors

It will particularly suit those in NFP’s, community-based outreach services, community organisations, and those working with specific groups including young people or people with comorbid substance use.

NOTE - This workshop has previously been offered as face-face training. If your organisation is interested in having Diane present face-face to members of your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.


Diane Clare
BA, MA (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych., AFBPS
Memberships:  NZCCP, MNZAP, ISSTD
Accredited Practitioner in EMDR and is a member of the EMDRNZ Board.
Fellow of ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation).

Diane Clare is a registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist who trained at the University of Canterbury. Diane has worked in mental health and counselling services since 1981, first as a grief counsellor then as a psychotherapist, before becoming registered as a psychologist in 1993. She has worked in leadership and Director level roles across a range of services in both NZ and the UK including primary care, adult mental health, forensic, intellectual disability and tertiary student services. 

While in the UK in 2005 she developed the Alternatives to Self-Harm programme and has presented her work internationally since 2012. Diane is a seasoned presenter and provides a range of workshop options with an emphasis on practical solutions for clinical staff. She has a specialist interest in working with people recovering from the effects of complex trauma. In 2022 Diane was made a Fellow of ISSTD in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of trauma and dissociation.

ZOOM Date & Details

Contact us to register your interest.

Workshop starts 9.30am  - finishes 4.00pm.

Once you register you will be sent the Zoom Login details.

Participants will be doing exercises in separate (virtual) break out rooms and you will be emailed resources prior to the training. There will be group discussions and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop with a working camera and mic as this makes interaction with the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

Please note: Diane will share her slides with attendees prior to the training.

This webinar will not be recorded.

Please see below for links to Diane's other online workshops.

Price and details of this training - TBC


Registration process

Payment is by credit card only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

Invoicing Information

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If your organisation is unable to use our automated booking system and pay by credit/debit card and therefore require an invoice instead to pay by direct bank credit, there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply the following please:

  • The full organisation name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.

  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.

  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

  • Online Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

  • If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

  • All cancellations must be received in writing (email). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.

NOTE - Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be changed to an Online training event, rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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