Authors: Anna Banfai, Maria Parkinson, VIC
Event: 1999 TheMHS Conference
Subject: residential rehbilitation, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A supported residential rehabilitation program attached to a public mental health service in metropolitan Melbourne has taken steps to address the needs of a resident with borderline personality disorder including a history of repeated severe self-harm and institutionalization. A specific program has been developed by a small group of staff within the residential rehabilitation using the Marsha Linehan’s theoretical perspective and model of psycho-social skills training. The successful adaptation of the model in this unique setting and to the borderline intellectual functioning of the resident will be outlined. Quantitative and qualitative data about the resident’s progress will be presented. Specific issues arising from the model’s use in a residential setting will be discussed. Consideration will be given to the issues around managing a small multi-disciplinary treatment team within a residential public mental health service setting.