Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder Foundations

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‘Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder Foundations’ is the first course in the modules. It provides a foundation towards understanding and exploring what is Borderline Personality Disorder.

Do you have questions such as:

  • What is BPD?
  • What treatment options are available?
  • Is recovery possible?
  • I don’t understand what BPD is?
  • How can I live with this condition?
  • How can I find hope?
  • Why does my body react this way?
  • Why is life so hard for me?

Then this course would be perfect for you.

This course will step you through the maze of questions you may have about Borderline Personality Disorder in a safe and empathetic environment.

Background/ Overview:

This course was developed by Laura Thyer who has a diagnosis of BPD. Through research and lived experience, this module would be beneficial for anyone new to a diagnosis of BPD and is findings themselves feeling confused and overwhelmed.

Treatment approaches:

  • Recovery Framework
  • Occupation based interventions
  • Creative arts and activities
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Goal setting approaches

Weekly Structure

Week 1: What is Borderline Personality Disorder and how does it impact upon my life?

Week 2: What does recovery look like for someone with BPD?

Week 3: Understanding our body systems: Distress tolerance skills (DBT informed) and occupations that help us lower our arousal

Week 4: How can I find balance, meaning and purpose?

Week 5: Learning about the sensors and Building a sensory tool kit

Week 6: Working towards our goals: Putting it all together with a Module Recap


Length: 3 hours
Dates: 14h January -18th Feb
Time: To be announced

Contact us for more information or to make a referral


Published by OT Trauma Tools

Founder Mental health Advocate; Phd Candidate; Occupational Therapy Teacher and Researcher Australia “As an occupational therapist diagnosed with BPD I will use this page to share about the various interventions and strategies that are helpful to those with BPD. I will also share about the positive and sometimes challenging approaches that health professionals have used in my treatment in emergency, inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I hope that by sharing my lived experience I can help improve the experience of those struggling to understand Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) and also support those living with BPD and other mental health challenges Most importantly we will share how occupation can powerfully help change lives!" Laura

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