Advocacy & Support for

Borderline Personality Disorder
& Complex Trauma

Webinar 4 - Borderline personality disorder in youth and early intervention

1. Introductions and learning outcomes: 00:00
2. Psychiatrist Perspective: 16:34
3. Young Person Perspective: 26:44
4. Carer/Family/Friend Perspective: 31:55
5. Psychologist Perspective: 41:45
6. Q&A and summaries: 52:40

Presentation SlidesCase StudyPanellist bios

Our interdisciplinary panel will explore working collaboratively to support mental health of people living with Borderline Personality Disorder 

Through an exploration of borderline personality disorder, the webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to:
* Outline how to identify youth with borderline personality disorder
* Identify age appropriate therapeutic interventions and treatment principles for youth
* Outline how to work appropriately with the young person and their family


* Prof. Andrew Chanen (VIC - Psychiatrist)
* Dr. Louise McCutcheon (VIC – Psychologist)
* Carissa Wright (WA - Consumer)
* Susan (VIC – Carer)
Facilitator: Dr. Lyn O’Grady (VIC Community Psychologist)

Funded by the Australian Government

Recommended Reading


Rationale for Early Intervention for BPD

Prevention and early intervention for borderline personality disorder: A novel public health priority.
Andrew Chanen, Carla Sharp, Perry Hoffman and the Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder. World Psychiatry, 2017;16(2):215-216.

Prevention and early intervention for borderline personality disorder: Current status and recent evidence.
A. M. Chanen, & L. McCutcheon. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013; 202(SUPPL. 54): s24-s29.

Personality disorder across the life course.
Giles Newton-Howes, Lee Anna Clark, Andrew Chanen. The Lancet, 2015; 385(9969): 727-734.

The rationale for early intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (free webinar)
Orygen: the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, 2015.
(Available at:

Relational Clinical Care for Young People with BPD

What is good clinical care for young people with Borderline Personality Disorder? (free webinar).
Orygen: the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, 2015.
(Available at:

Caring for people with borderline personality disorder : a reference guide for health professionals.
National Health and Medical Research Council. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council.(2013).

Prescribing challenges in youth mental health treatment (free webinar)
Orygen: the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, 2016.
(Available at:

Family and Carer Resources

Evaluation of a psychoeducational group intervention for family and friends of youth with borderline personality disorder.
Jessie Pearce, Martina Jovev, Carol Hulbert, Ben McKechnie, Louise McCutcheon, Jennifer Betts and Andrew M. Chanen. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 2017;4(5).

Fact Sheets.
Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders.

Further Reading

Borderline Personality Disorder in Young People: Are We There Yet?
A. M. Chanen. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2015; 71(8): 778-791.

Personality disorder in adolescence: The diagnosis that dare not speak its name.
Andrew M. Chanen & Louise K. McCutcheon. Personality and Mental Health, 2008; 2(1): 35-41.

Prescribing and borderline personality disorder.
Andrew M Chanen and Katherine N Thompson. Australian Prescriber, 2016; 39(2): 49-53.

Other Resources for Clinicians and for Families, Carers and Young People about BPD in Young People

Factsheets, practice points, webinars and online training modules about BPD in young people, self harm, stigma and working with trauma.
Orygen: the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

Factsheets and resources from Project Air Strategy (they have resources for clinicians, consumers and families).
Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders.

Youth and the BPD diagnosis

Personality pathology grows up: adolescence as a sensitive period.
Carla Sharp and Kiana Wall. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2018; 21: 111–116.

Bridging the gap: the assessment and treatment of adolescent personality disorder in routine clinical care.
Carla Sharp. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2017; 102(1): 103-108.

The aetiological and psychopathological validity of borderline personality disorder in youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Catherine Winsper, Suzet Tanya Lerey, Steven Marwaha, Andrew Thompson, Julie Eyden, Swaran P.Singh. Clinical Psychology Review, 2016; 44: 13-24.

Practitioner Review: Borderline personality disorder in adolescence--recent conceptualization, intervention, and implications for clinical practice.
Carla Sharp & Peter Fonagy. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 2015; 56(12): 1266-1288.

Assessing Personality Disorders in Adolescents: Seven Guiding Principles.
Rebecca L. Shiner & Timothy A. Allen. Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, 2013; 20(4): 361-377.

Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents [video]
Carla Sharp. Healing Hearts Of Families: Understanding And Living With Borderline Personality Disorder The Menninger Clinic, November 10, 2012.

Specialised Treatments for BPD in Young People

Mentalization-based treatment for borderline personality disorder in adults and adolescents: For whom, when, and how?
Dine J. Feenstra, Patrick Luyten, and Dawn L. Bales. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic (2017); 81(3): 264-280.

First empirical evaluation of outcomes for mentalization-based group therapy for adolescents with BPD.
Sune Bo, Carla Sharp, Emma Beck, Jesper Pedersen, Matthias Gondan, Erik Simonsen.
Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 2017;8(4): 396-40.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents: Advances in Research and Treatment [video]
Alec Miller, 2017.

Dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents: Theory, treatment adaptations, and empirical outcomes.
Heather A. MacPherson, Jennifer S. Cheavens, Mary A. Fristad. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 2013; 16(1): 59-80.

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder in Youth.
Robert S. Biskin. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013; 22(3): 230–234.