Authors: Sheila Nicolson, Yooni Choi
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Building Hope and Resilience for Consumers and Carers through Early Intervention for Emerging Personality Disorders
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Yooni Choi has extensive experience working in acute mental health settings across the lifespan offering acute and recovery services. She has practiced as a clinician and is currently in a management role. Yooni assisted in the development of the NSW Health online training module: Clinical care of People who may be Suicidal: Education and Training. She has delivered inservices to the Korean Mental Health Society and to “Woman’s Space,” a refuge in Lakemba serving Korean women who have experienced domestic violence, depression and other mental health challenges.
North Shore Ryde Mental Health Service is based in metropolitan Sydney which serves a population of 360,000. With an increasing number of referrals presenting with emerging personality disorders, specifically Borderline Personality Disorder, this paper will focus on how as a mental health service we have established ‘Brief Intervention Clinics’ (BIC) in response to the growing needs of this population.
BIC is based on the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders which seeks to improve the capacity of mental health services to manage and treat personality disorders and to improve specialist treatment options. The purpose of BIC has been to provide early intervention and better support for adults with emerging personality disorders and their families. It is particularly focused on those in crisis who have complex needs by providing practical therapeutic techniques in the prevention and treatment of high risk challenging behaviours reducing presentations to the local Emergency Departments (ED). In the 2 year period BIC has been operating, only 4% of consumers re- presented to ED whilst attending the BIC program.
This paper aims to walk participants through the journey in;
• Redesigning services within existing resources
• Improving awareness and information about BPD and self-harm
• Upgrading staff skills through training
• Evaluating clinical outcomes
Learning Objective 1: Raise the profile of early intervention in treatment of emerging personality disorders within community mental health.
Learning Objective 2: Promote the capacity of community mental health services to manage and treat personality disorders and to improve specialist treatment options.
Project Air, A Personality Disorders Strategy, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
Gunderson, JG and Hoffman, PD, Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder