Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (Melbourne) 2019


This workshop is designed for those who are working with young people who may present with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and associated problems in a variety of settings. This workshop will review the current evidence about BPD in young people, and present a best practice model of early intervention for young people with BPD and associated problems. The workshop will combine didactic presentations, video material, case examples and first person accounts to provide a stimulating and interactive learning environment.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the principles and evidence for Early Intervention for BPD (EIBPD)
  • Understand the HYPE program, as an example of an early intervention program for BPD
  • Identify methods for screening and assessment of BPD in young people
  • Understand the principles of good practice for those working outside an EIBPD service
  • Understand the essentials of psychoeducation about BPD in young people
  • Gain knowledge of sources and materials for further information about BPD
  • Understand the principles for working with families and friends of young people with BPD
  • Understand the principles of working with risk and chronic self-harm
  • Gain a basic understanding of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and how this model can assist in working collaboratively with young people with BP

Suitable for

Clinicians and other professionals who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services.

Presenter bio

Dr Louise McCutcheon

Dr Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and Senior Program Manager at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Helping Young People Early (HYPE), Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.

Louise McCutcheon jointly founded the award-winning Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in young people. She coordinated the clinical program for 11 years, and established the HYPE service development and training program, the first to offer training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in Australia. She works with mental health services assisting them to implement early intervention for BPD and lectures and teaches both nationally and internationally. She is the founding Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and Secretary of the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA).


Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Poplar Learning Centre
35 Poplar Road
Parkville VIC 3052

Parking: There is paid parking available at the Parkville site for $9 (exact coins or credit card only). The machine takes $2, $1, 50c, 20c coins and does not give change.

Public transport: The Orygen Parkville site is close to the Royal Park train station and the Number 58 Tram.

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