Seeking a way to work with BPD/Emotional Intensity? STEPPS™ may be just what you're looking for.

Two Online Workshops 

STEPPS™ Program 101 
STEPPS™ Program 201

via ZOOM

The acronym STEPPS™ stands for Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving. The STEPPS™ Program was designed by Nancee Blum, Prof Don Black, *et al from University of Iowa and is a program that has shown to be helpful when provided in addition to other psychological or medication treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder as well as for any difficulty with emotion regulation.

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. 

With the move to redesigning and improving mental health services, now more than ever a group based and skills based approach is invaluable to enhance service accessibility and effective outcomes.

Please Note: Delegates must have considerable professional experience working with clients with BPD, hold a suitable professional qualification, or have attended the one-day Skills For Working with BPD 101 Workshop prior.

The Skills For Working with BPD Workshops are being held on a regular basis. Visit the website for more information.

*Nancee Blum, M.S.W., Don St. John, M.A., P.A.C., Bruce Pfohl, M.D., Scott Stuart, M.D., Brett McCormick, M.A., Jeff Allen, Ph.D., Stephan Arndt, Ph.D., and Donald W. Black, M.D. 

Learning Outcomes:

This one day workshop is an introduction to the main principles of this approach.  It provides a overview of basic elements and some of the core skills. It is specific training for clinical staff who can then embed this approach in care plans.  This is a pre-requisite for STEPPS™ 201.

Learning outcomes STEPPS™  101 – you will:

  • Be given a good overview of the STEPPS™  approach

  • Discuss ways this can be used to meet cultural needs including a whanau session which is part of the systems component which has been shown to be very effective.

  • Learn the 5 key skills and how to use some core resources.

  • Understand the broad range of wellbeing behaviour changes that are offered in the overall programme. 

This workshop is a follow on from STEPPS™ 101 and provides more in depth understanding of the 5 core skills of the programme and a further consideration of the 13 wellbeing behaviour changes incorporated within it. There will be time to look at your own casework and see how this might fit in practice.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must have completed the above STEPPS 101 workshop first and it has been designed to cover the entire programme across the 2 days.

Learning outcomes STEPPS™ 201 – you will

  • Gain a more in depth understanding of the programme.

  • Have the time to consider how to use it in your practice setting.

  • Practice the core skills.

  • Consider how to adapt to working with individuals and their care plans.

  • Look at case examples from the attendees.

  • Be ready to enroll for STEPPS™ 301 to learn how to run the group.

Please also note:
Delegates can book either the 101 workshop or, both days, and it is possible to do the 101 training and complete the 2nd day of training at a later stage - contact for more details.

Spaces are limited for this workshop.

*This training will only be held once per annum. Please contact us if you are interested but unable to make the dates.

Who Should Attend:

As mentioned above, attendees must have considerable professional experience working with clients with BPD, hold a suitable professional qualification, or have attended the one-day Skills For Working with BPD 101 Workshop prior.

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

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, and Licensed Practicing Counsellors Emergency Room staff, Crisis Telephone Helpline staff

Nurses and community mental health staff General Practitioners

School Counsellors, Teachers and RTLB Police and Probation Officers

Youth Justice Counsellors

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

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Diane present face-face as a private workshop to your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

3rd Day of Training

STEPPS™  301
This optional 3rd day of training is designed for those who have already completed the STEPPS™ 101 and 201 workshops. It offers a session by session practical day on the nuts and bolts of the group from selection, to session plans and outcome measures.  We will offer this based on expressions of interest and have allowed a gap in the calendar for learning to occur in the initial training and then readiness to return to look at how the group works in practice. 

Contact us today to register our interest.

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 Dates & Details

STEPPS 101 - Date - TBC

STEEPS 201 - Date - TBC

9.30 am - 4 pm

This workshop will be delivered via ZOOM and you will be sent the login in details once you have registered, and 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, you tend to get feedback if you are in the same office as someone else in the same Zoom meeting). A few people gathered around one device will not work for this workshop unfortunately.

These webinars will not be recorded.

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

Other Workshops with Diane Clare

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p: 027 607 3000