Early Intervention For Borderline Personality Disorder (HYPE)

A substantial body of evidence has accumulated over the past decade indicating that personality pathology is highly prevalent in adolescence, is often associated with help-seeking and has serious psychosocial consequences both during adolescence and over the subsequent 10–20 years. Moreover, these repercussions are at least as serious as those associated with Axis I disorders. Despite this, diagnosing personality disorder (PD) in adolescents often arouses controversy and little attention has been paid to prevention and early intervention.

The Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program at Orygen Youth Health is a successful early intervention program for youth (aged 15–24 years) with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and is supported by randomised controlled trial evidence (Chanen et al, 2008) and clinical knowledge developed over the past 12 years. The HYPE program spans both the OYH Clinical Program, Research Centre and OYH Training & Communications. 
 
The HYPE program provides training for mental health workers in the development of early intervention services for young people with BPD and other the management of complex problems as well as specific training in psychotherapy skills (using cognitive analytic therapy). These training packages range from 1-day to 12 months long. Short (1-day) training packages have also been developed for community workers that focus on building knowledge and skills to assist them to work with challenging young people. 
 
Topics include:
  • Introduction to BPD in young people
  • Managing deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviour
  • Working with reluctant or aggressive young people
The HYPE program staff have jointly developed training packages aimed at assisting mental health staff and other workers to respond appropriately to complex and challenging presentations in young people.
 

Early Intervention For Borderline Personality Disorder In Young People
2-day workshop
 
This workshop will enable participants:
  • To understand the rationale for early Intervention in BPD
  • To understand how to assess BPD in young people
  • To understand specific interventions for BPD and associated problems in young people
  • To assess and manage chronic and acute risk of self-harm
  • To distinguish the factors that can interfere with treating BPD in young people
  • To consider clinicians' own clinical practice with young people with BPD features
Training style
The workshops will incorporate a range of modalities including didactic presentations, case material, DVD clips, group discussion and interactive exercises in order to enhance learning.
 
 

Understanding Borderline Personality disorder In Young People
1-day workshop for community workers

This workshop aims to provide participants with a broad understanding of BPD in young people, and how young people with BPD traits might present. The workshop will cover why young people with these traits engage in risk-taking and other challenging behaviours. Participants will have opportunities to consider best-practice ways of supporting young people with BPD in their setting, along with considering appropriate pathways to care.
 
Training style
The workshops will incorporate a range of modalities including didactic presentations, case material, DVD clips, group discussion and interactive exercises in order to enhance learning.

 
To request or discuss this training package please e-mail: OYH Training