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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 treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder, such as individual psychotherapy or medication treatment

The program’s goal is to educate people with Borderline Personality Disorder about their diagnosis and to help them acquire skills to deal with different aspects of the disorder.  The content is taught to people in a group format that is much like a seminar or workshop. Random Controlled Trials indicate it is highly effective in helping people with emotional intensity difficulties including those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

It 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.  This 2-day workshop provides an overview of basic elements, practice core skills and overview of the overall group approach.

Many practitioners have said that the skills learned in this workshop have been useful to apply to a wider range of clients than solely to those with borderline personality e.g. people with emotional intensity problems or impulse control problems.

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 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:

STEPPS interventions have been shown to be very effective in helping people manage intense emotions, unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving, as well as providing hope and positive engagement in making positive changes in their lives. Feedback from clinicians and service users indicates that the programme is accessible, popular and easy to implement.

The two-day training program provides an overview of basic elements of STEPPS, practice core skills and an overview of the overall group approach. It is specific training for clinical staff who can then embed this approach in care plans. The first day on its own is appropriate awareness training for team leaders to support the implementation of STEPPS within a service.

The workshop will provide:

  • A full overview and understanding of the STEPPS approach.
  • Opportunity to practice some of the core strategies in the STEPPS approach.
  • Maximising the impact of STEPPS for the service user.
  • Consideration of how this fits the overall care plan.
  • Discussion about how to adapt the approach for cultural needs.
  • Setting up a whanau session for supporting the service user. 
  • Readiness to return for a 1-day session on how to set up a STEPPS group*

*This follow-up additional day is designed for those who have already completed the STEPPS 2-day workshop and it offers a session by session practical day on the nuts and bolts of the group from selection, to session plans and outcome measures.

The Systems Training For Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving (STEPPS) two-day workshop is worth 30 points / 13 hours CPD

Who Should Attend:

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 Workshop prior.

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

  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, and Licensed Practising 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.


Diane Clare
BA, MA (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych., AFBPS

Diane Clare was Associate Director of services in the UK where the STEPPS approach was used across the service resulting in a major reduction in bed-days and improvement of staff confidence in working with people with emotional intensity difficulties.

Trained at the University of Canterbury, Diane is a registered clinical psychologist who 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. As a seasoned presenter, Diane 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.

Dates & Locations in 2021 TBC

Please contact us if you are interested in this workshop 

Price & Registration

Two-Day Workshop
Earlybird Special - $410.00 inc GST
Standard Price - $460.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person. If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

The Earlybird Specials finish 3 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email: faye@grow.co.nz

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - accounts@grow.co.nz and faye@grow.co.nz , 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 faye@grow.co.nz

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:

Face-Face Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

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). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: Owing to the current COVID 19 situation and uncertainty around future COVID Alert Levels, GROW Ltd reserves the right to offer this face-to-face event via a ZOOM meeting on the dates shown due to Ministry of Health advice. Should this occur, we will advise you appropriately.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea and lunch are included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for, you are however 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.

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