Authors: Amanda Jane Commons Treloar, VIC
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Responses to Complex States, EDUCATION / TRAINING,EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, AND OUTCOME RESEARCH,SPECIFIC MENTAL DISORDERS / MENTAL ILLNESSES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Past research and consumer literature has demonstrated negative and sometimes judgmental responses from health professionals towards working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This paper describes recent research conducted on the impact of attending targeted clinical education on BPD on the attitudes of health clinicians, in an attempt to promote a more empathetic response and enhanced therapeutic management when working with consumers diagnosed with this complex disorder. The recent research also examined which form of clinical education had the greater impact on improving clinician attitude ratings, using cognitive-behavioural therapy theory and more traditional psychoanalytic theory. A demographic questionnaire and attitudinal tool to quantify clinician attitudes were used to assess the attitudes of 99 mental health and emergency medicine practitioners across a New Zealand and two Australian health services, both pre and post education attendance. Examination of the attitude ratings revealed statistically significant differences in attitude scores for both emergency medicine staff and mental health clinicians in working with BPD following attendance at the education programs. The impact of the type of clinical education attended, comparing the two clinical frameworks, on the attitudes of these health professionals was also examined to determine the most efficacious form of training that can be provided.