BPD and Complex Trauma First Meeting

The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) conference held recently featured speakers Laura Ludowyke and Sidney Manks, who shared their lived experiences of mental illness. The conference was attended by health professionals from various disciplines, including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, art therapy, and school counseling. Laura Ludowyke, an occupational therapist living in recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), spoke about her journey through the mental health system, the importance of finding meaning in life beyond a diagnosis, and insights from her ongoing PhD research on the role of occupations in the lives of people with BPD and complex trauma. Sidney Manks, a lived experience researcher and emergency vet nurse living in recovery from BPD, spoke about the stigma and discrimination often faced by those with this diagnosis and her passion for raising awareness about BPD.

Keir Harding

My Potential is excited to announce our Lived Experience Occupational Therapist speaker Keir Harding speaking on Polands Syndrome and Social Anxiety Bachelor of Science (Psychology, Honours)Master of Occupational Therapy Presentation This presentation will explore the lived experience of polands syndrome and social anxiety with particular reference to schooling, OT training and early career experiences.  AContinue reading “Keir Harding”

Rabecca Rae-Hodgson

My Potential is excited to announce our Lived Experience Occupational Therapist speaker Rebecca Rae-Hodgson Bachelor of Science (Psychology, Honours)Master of Occupational Therapy Title: Untangling the Complex Web: Balancing Self-Care, Productivity and Leisure with Borderline Personality Disorder, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS and Fibromyalgia Aim: To give people an understanding of the complexity of living with multiple conditions andContinue reading “Rabecca Rae-Hodgson”

Vanessa Yanez

Occupational Therapist MS in Occupational Therapy Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy (in progress) – Contributing Faculty at the University of St.  Augustine, Health SciencesDirector/Owner of Bravo Centre Occupational Therapy in Oncology: Enhancing  Occupational Performance and Quality of Life  Across the Cancer Care Continuum Learning Objectives: To understand the physical, psychosocial,  and cognitive impact of cancer and its   treatmentContinue reading “Vanessa Yanez”

Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez – Autism

Occupational Therapist & Social Media Advocate Autistics Parenting Autistics Aim: This presentation aims to introduce the paradigm shift of autistic parenting. Participants will learn about autistic neurology and how it applies to parenting, explore the paradigm shift needed to move towards authentic neurodivergent parenting practices, and receive practical tips to begin the journey today. Learning Objectives:Continue reading “Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez – Autism”

Kelsey Pringle – Bulimia Nervosa

Kelsey Pringle Occupational TherapistDirector/Owner of Ready OT Pty Ltd The lived experience of Bulimia Nervosa and its friends depression and anxiety from an occupational therapy perspective. Aim: To provide an occupational therapy perspective on the challenges of bulimia nervosa and co-morbidities depression and anxiety. Learning Objectives: To bring awareness to the challenges of treatment and recovery associatedContinue reading “Kelsey Pringle – Bulimia Nervosa”