24 June 2022


DATES: Friday 24th June & Friday 8th July 2022 

TIME: 2:00pm to 5:00pm each day (Sydney Time)

COST: $275 (incl. GST)



What's in a Name? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder: Handling the Diagnostic Overlap

The complexity of this subject will be discussed in two webinars.

The first webinar (Friday 24th Hune 2022) will deal with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which is the most widely researched personality disorder, with a body of evidence spanning many decades. A highly prevalent, chronic and debilitating personality disorder with a heterogenous constellation of symptoms, BPD has aroused considerable debate. Dr Haliburn will look at the levels of severity of BPD, with the help of case examples, mild, moderate and severe, the role of attachment and trauma of other types, in addition to genetic, neurobiological and individual susceptability in its development, often evidenced in childhood and adolescence. 

Research shows that between 30% and 60% of patients with BPD suffer with co-occurring Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and between 17% and 30% of patients with PTSD meet the criteria for BPD. This causes confusion amongst those working with people whose presentations can be very complex. These two webinars will aim to clarify some of this confusion.

The second webinar (Friday 8th July 2022) will discuss PTSD and Complex PTSD and help practitioners to handle the diagnostic overlap, when BPD occurs alone or together with either PTSD or CPTSD. This webinar aims to clarify the diverse views of BPD as a personality disorder versus a trauma response. CPTSD was developed as a compromise diagnosis but it does many patients a disservice, because it will deny them appropriate treatment. Dr Haliburn will explain this treatment dilemma. In addition, the aetiology, developmental lines and symptomatology of each disorder will be elaborated, and finally Dr Haliburn will discuss the importance of elucidating symptoms of PTSD in anyone with a history of trauma who comes to our attention. Case examples will be presented to illustrate the concepts discussed. 

There will also be ample time for questions and discussion, so bring along any of the diagnostic and treatment issues you have been wanting to ask. 


PRESENTER: Dr Joan Haliburn, Psychiatrist

Joan Haliburn is a Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatrist, of the Royal Australian College of Psychiatry, trained psychotherapist and family therapist, who has been working in the field in excess of 35 years. She has served on the Board of Directors, International Society for Trauma and Dissociation, was Training Director of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy and is an International Fellow of the American College of Psychiatry. She has worked in various roles in public and in private practice, in family law, juvenile justice, and is currently on the faculty, psychotherapy training program, University of Sydney.


TO REGISTERCLICK HERE to download the registration form and then send the completed form to workshops@apdtraining.com.au

After registration and payment, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.




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