Skills for working with BPD: an introduction to STEPPS
This one-day training will examine and address, the following questions regarding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):
- What is personality?
- How does personality become disordered?
- What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
- Why does BPD have such an impact on staff?
- How is BPD most effectively managed and treated?
- What does STEPPS offer that makes it easier to learn than methods like Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?
Diane Clare will provide attendees with practical skills for working with those with emotional intensity difficulties.
The workshop will also provide an introduction to the STEPPS (Systems Training in Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving) programme, explain why this approach is so helpful in responding to clients with consistency, and why it lends itself well to a cultural approach with Maori and Pacific cultures due to working with the client’s support system. STEPPS is a skills-based approach using CBT principles for those working with Borderline Personality Disorder clients – youth and adults alike, in groups or as individuals, which can be applied to a range of clients with emotional regulation difficulties (e.g. anger management, anxiety management), and not just for BPD. Originally developed at the University of Iowa, the STEPPS approach has been rolled out internationally with resounding successes.
Through gaining a fuller understanding of BPD, participants will gain a new set of resources and related skills that can be applied to their practice, and the training will provide increased confidence when working with these clients who can be challenging for services. Staff’s assessment and conceptualisation skills regarding borderline personality disorder will be enhanced.
It will provide specific guidance for all mental health professionals in evidence-based psychological treatment for personality disorders, and complex trauma, and will dispel the common myths about Borderline Personality Disorder – what it is, and what it is not.
Past attendees whose clients have been guided through the STEPPS programme have repeatedly reported that their clients have found greater hope for the future, and their risky behaviour decreased. In addition, staff that supported them have been encouraged by the simplicity of the strategies as well as their efficacy.
This workshop provides a brief introduction to STEPPS, but if you wish to learn how to deliver the 20-week STEPPS programme, a further 2-day workshop is also available.
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 with no, or little psychological training, who may be struggling with how to work with these clients.
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.
Date & Location:
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
There is free parking at the venue.
Please contact Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel directly for accommodation bookings.
Workshops run 9.00am - 3.45pm, with Registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.
Price & Registration
Two Day Workshop
Earlybird Special - $220.00 + GST
Standard Price - $250.00 + GST
If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.
Earlybird finishes 6 September
Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 06 878 3456 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 plus GST 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).
Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be 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.
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Morning tea and lunch are included.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. Should you have other dietary needs you are welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.
Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material
In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email either prior to or following the workshop.
Commitment to Access and Equity
We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.