"What happened to me?" Understanding Best Practice from Lived Experience of Borderline Personality Disorder

OVERVIEW: This is a Pilot Program – presenting working title, aims and objectives


MindWise are very excited to launch a peer led approach to understanding Borderline Personality Disorder. This course has been developed by people with direct experience of living with Borderline Personality Disorder and who believe their voice and the voice of many others with direct experience will support and enable you as a professional to enhance your practice and develop a greater understanding of individuals lived experiences. 


This two day learning and development course aims to provide delegates with: 


  • An understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder. 
  • An appreciation of individuals lived experiences to include co- morbid conditions and impact. 
  • An understanding of the strategic context and frameworks in Northern Ireland. 
  • Insight into causation and theoretical practices e.g. attachment; biosocial; trauma. 
  • Recognition of the power of validation and the impact of stigma and attitudes. 
  • An understanding of the principles of Recovery as they relate to lived experiences e.g. Personal Agency. 


The programme is suitable for any service/staff who work with people experiencing BPD 


Those with lived experience who have influenced the course have said ‘we want:- 


ConsistencyUnderstandingRespectCompassion: EmpathySpecialist professionals – experienced PD teamsComprehensive list of support servicesCrisis Care 


'I believe (What Happened To Me?) allows both myself and my fellow peers a dynamic opportunity through our experiences to share, shape and possibly influence PD professional/staff perspectives and practice in future'. (Course Facilitator Quote) 




The Programme will be delivered face to face and the course is designed to be interactive and participatory. Course timings are 9.30 am – 4 pm and refreshments are included. 




The Cost of this Programme is £100 per head. (Reduced price for pilot)




The Programme will be Co- facilitated by:- 


Nicole Devlin: a BSc Hons Psychology student at Queen’s university. Nicole has had an extensive history of self-harm, borderline personality disorder, amongst long term psychiatric inpatient treatment. Nicole uses her experiences to give insight into the subject areas. 


Caitriona Morgan: a survivor of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder' and life in general. Student, campaigner, activist; committed to promoting human rights particularly for those unable to advocate for themselves'. 


Karen Bester: is undertaking postgraduate research on the impact of Recovery Colleges and is Lead Peer Educator for the Belfast hub of a new cross-border Recovery College. A published and award-winning writer, Karen has a diagnosis of BPD and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. She lives in South Belfast with her partner, their young son and two cats. 


Patricia (Trish) Mason: A previous Volunteer Peer Advocate for the SEHSCT and a current active member of the NI Regional PD Network. Trish has had an abundant history of both Tier1 and Tier 2 Mental Health Services. A more recent cathartic diagnosis of BPD confirmed her struggle and finally there were answers - Diagnosis not only granted validation and reasoning but unlocked a new road to knowledge and self discovery. Enlightenment with the right help, support and therapy Recovery is accessible.




Workshop date:- 

Mon. & Tues 17th and 18th Dec. 2018 

Central location, just off Malone Road with easy access to Outer Ring and M1/M2 

Pinewood House 

46 Newforge Lane 

Belfast, BT9 5NW 




For more Information, please contact MindWise to request a booking form at info@mindwisenv.org 

Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and number of places are limited so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. 




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