BPD Awareness Week 2021

You are invited to join us for BPD Awareness Week 2021

We will be presenting two online webinars followed with a Q&A session each.
October 6th: 7.30-9pm AEDT
What’s the HYPE about early intervention?
Prof. Andrew Chanen (Orygen) +Dr Louise McCutcheon plus other guest speakers, discuss the benefits of identification and early intervention of youth with BPD. They will also introduce the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program delivered at Orygen.

October 7th: 7.30-9pm AEDT
Wise Mind
Skill training presented by Marie-Paule de Valdivia (NEABPD USA) . Wise Mind is a core concept in DBT, and includes rational mind and emotion mind Using both facts and emotions can make wise decisions and responses

Attendance is free, however, we ask you to consider a $25 donation to support the growth and sustainability of NEABPD Australia.

Once you have registered your ticket, you will be sent through the zoom link for the events. Please note the same link is for both events.

Come join the community on our NEABPD Australia page on Facebook:

We look forward to seeing you there!



Louise McCutcheon: Louise is a clinical psychologist and is coordinator of Orygen clinical training team and a clinical associate professor with the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. She helped found the award winning early intervention for personality disorder program Helping Young People Early (HYPE) at Orygen over two decades ago. She coordinated the HYPE clinical program, has been an investigator in many HYPE research projects and she established the service development program. Her role currently is to work with services to promote early intervention work in Victoria, nationally and internationally. 

Andrew Chanen: Andrew Chanen is Deputy Research Director and Head of Personality Disorder Research at Orygen, and a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. He is also Director of Clinical Services at Orygen Youth in Melbourne, Australia. Andrew’s clinical, research and knowledge translation interests lie in prevention and early intervention for severe mental disorders, principally personality disorder, along with mood and psychotic disorders. He established and directs the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, a clinical, research and knowledge translation program investigating the understanding of and prevention and early intervention for severe personality disorder, particularly borderline personality disorder in youth.
Natasha Swingler: Natasha (Tash, She/Her) is a young person with lived experience of complex and severe presentations of mental illness, including borderline personality disorder. She is a passionate advocate for reform of the mental health system, particularly around access to timely and effective, human rights centred care for individuals with personality disorder. Day to day she works as the lived experience consultant to a number of different mental health services and organisations, a speaker and advocate a​nd a pet parent to a dog, fish and pigeons.
Susan Preece: Susan is a Family Peer Support Worker at Orygen Youth Health and so has the lived experience of being a carer. Family Peer Support offers support to all family members/carers of young people both in the inpatient unit and the community clinics. Susan has been involved with the Making Sense of BPD sessions designed for families of young people at Orygen, including being the Peer Moderator of a Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) called Kindred which supports families of young people with BPD.  She believes passionately in hope and recovery in mental health.
Karen Smith: Karen Smith is the Lead Family Work Clinician at Orygen Specialist Services. Karen is a family therapist and occupational therapist and has worked in youth mental health for 30 years. She has also worked at The Bouverie Centre were she taught in the Masters of Family Therapy. Karen’s role at Orygen is to promote and support the implementation of family inclusive practice within the service, with a particular focus on mentoring clinicians to build the skills and confidence to involve families in client care.

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