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Borderline Personality Disorder: Enhancing Understanding and Providing Support

ONLINE WORKSHOP | The diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Gain a broad understanding of what is considered a Borderline Personality Disorder, recognise the impact and discover why those diagnosed present differently. Learn how to support each individual effectively.



The diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Gain a broad understanding of what is considered a BPD, recognise the impact, and discover why those diagnosed present differently. Learn strategies for how to support each individual effectively and safely.

This workshop is also available to attend in person - register here.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Describe the complex aspects of a Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Overview the diagnostic criteria and potential causes

  • Understand the role of trauma and other adverse life events in relation to BPD

  • Describe the impacts on individuals and family/whānau

  • Challenging misconceptions and discrimination and understanding the impact of these

  • Identify recommended treatments and strategies

  • Identify effective and safe strategies and responses for support

Let's Get Real

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Working with whānau

  • Challenging discrimination

  • Maintaining professional and personal development 


Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua 

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around New Zealand and Australia.

Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view an online workshop per registration

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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