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Managing Borderline Personality Disorder in General Practice

Mr Chris Willcox , Dr Nick Bendit

People with Borderline Personality Disorder are regular visitors to General Practices  - and among the patients who most stretch the capabilities of a General Practice.  The Centre for Psychotherapy in Newcastle, Australia,  offers a special outpatient service for people with BPD that utilises two of the most effective therapeutic approaches  - the Conversational Model  and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy. Two principals from the Centre will discuss what, in their experience, works with BPD, and how general practitioners can best manage patients with BPD in their practices.


This recorded live web-cast has been organised by the Australian College of Psychological Medicine.  The ACPM would like to express appreciation to the Central Sydney General Practice Network for financial support provided to assist in the production of this webcast.
Newcastle, Australia; 12 Nov.2008 and 03 Dec.2008

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Mr Chris Willcox

Senior clinical psychologist at the Centre for Psychotherapy, conjoint senior lecturer with the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle and psychotherapy educator with the Hunter New England psychiatry training program. He has worked with people with borderline personality disorder for the past 20 years, the last 10 using DBT. He provides education and supervision to psychiatry registrars and postgraduate clinical and health psychologists. The Centre for psychotherapy has previously replicated Linehan’s original research and is currently running an RCT comparing DBT with the Conversational Model.

Dr Nick Bendit

Dr Nick Bendit is a staff specialist in psychiatry and has been working at a publicly funded outpatient psychotherapy unit in Newcastle, Australia, for the past 10 years. He works at the Centre for Psychotherapy, a public outpatient psychotherapy unit treating patients with borderline personality disorders, He uses dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and the conversational model (an adapted psychodynamic model) and most recently, group schema therapy. He has a 20 year history of working in psychotherapy both in private practice and public health. The psychotherapy unit he works at has recently completed a randomised control trial comparing conversational model and DBT in patients with borderline personality disorder. The principal investigator was Dr Carla Walton, and Dr Bendit was a co-investigator.

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