Training for Borderline Personality Disorder Collaborative

Professional development and training

Borderline Personality Disorder Collaborative (BPD Co) training and professional development program is designed to support capacity and capability building across the South Australian workforce in the provision of hopeful, compassionate, evidence-based, recovery-oriented health care for consumers with BPD or emerging BPD and their carers.

BPD Co offer a range of regular training and learning development opportunities aimed the South Australian mental health workforce and for professionals providing services alongside these mental health services. Our workshops are delivered; either face to face, or online via Microsoft Teams.

BPD Co, where capacity exists, can respond to bespoke service requests for training, please contact the training coordinator to discuss and request a quote.

Workshop details including course content, learning objectives, target audience and confirmed dates are contained in the calendar/flyers below. Follow the link on the calendar to register.

2024 Jan to June training calendar (PDF 125KB)

2024 Jan to June GPM training and supervision calendar (PDF 124KB)

2024 GPM-Complex flyer (PDF 245KB)

Training for professionals

  • Responding to crises associated with BPD – half day
  • Caring for people with BPD in the inpatient setting – half day
  • Foundation Skills for working with people with BPD training – one day
  • Gold Card SA - brief intervention training – one day
  • BPD Core Competencies workshop – two days
  • Good Psychiatric Management for BPD (GPM) – one day
  • Good Psychiatric Management for Adolescents (GPM-A) – one day
  • Good Psychiatric Management for Adolescents (GPM-A) – one day
  • GPM-Complex* for adults – one day
  • GPM-Complex* for adolescents – one day

*International expert guest presenter 2024: Dr Lois W. Choi-Kain will present two one-day practice workshops adapting Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) and GPM for Adolescents (GPM-A) for complex presentations; GPM-Complex** and GPM-A Complex** (26 & 27 March). The workshops will use a combination of psychoeducation and clinical vignettes to develop a principally driven GPM framework for clients with complex presentations.

**Prerequisite: Prior completion of 1 day training in GPM or GPM-A.

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
Understand a principally driven GPM approach to providing care for clients who present with complexity. This will include strategies to address common comorbid disorders.

Presenter bio: Dr Choi-Kain is the Director of the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute (GPDI), McLean Hospital and associate professor Harvard Medical School. The GPDI provides training and supervision for numerous proven treatments, including mentalization-based treatment (MBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and DBT for post-traumatic stress disorder (DBT-PTSD), transference focused psychotherapy (TFP), and good psychiatric management (GPM). She works nationally and internationally to expand teaching efforts on BPD. With her mentor, John Gunderson, Dr. Choi-Kain developed a training program for GPM and has been expanding its applications. Her aim as a researcher is to expand the scope and reach of effective interventions for BPD as a regular fixture of routine mental health care, to allow earlier intervention and facilitation of recovery before the burdens of illness too greatly diminish developmental opportunities critical to fostering healthy personality functioning.

GPM group supervision

BPD Collaborative GPM trainers and supervisors are endorsed by the Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute, having being trained and mentored by Dr Lois Choi-Kain. BPD Co offers a range of group supervision opportunities to support clinicians who have completed GPM training to support the implementation of GPM in their clinical practice 2024 GPM training supervision (PDF 125KB).

Information sessions for professionals

Introduction to BPD Collaborative – the one-hour online information sessions for professionals provides an introduction to BPD Collaborative and an overview of the Statewide Model of Care for BPD, service options for consumers and carers, and training and research programs. Available monthly and free of charge see the 2024 training calendar (PDF 125KB) for dates and to register.


Prices vary depending on the workshop, see the 2024 training calendar (PDF 345KB), 2024 GPM training supervision and 2024 GPM-Complex (PDF 451KB) for costs. Please note we aim to keep the charges for training to a minimum using a cost recovery model and for our core programs there is no charge for SA Health staff, for non-SA Health staff, a small fee is charged.

Information sessions and groups for consumers and carers

  • BPD Co offer a range of peer lead programs for consumers with a lived experience of BPD, for information, dates and to register for peer-led activities see the eventbrite peer collection for information about the 10 week peer group please contact duty worker on  (08) 7425 6500 or email
  • BPD Co offer a range of peer lead carer programs for family, friends and partners who provide support in a voluntary capacity to those experiencing BPD. For details, confirmed dates and to register see the eventbrite carer collection.

Enquiries: (08) 7425 6500 or