Borderline Personality Disorder Training from Lived Experience


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MindWise are excited to run once again 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:-


Consistency; Understanding: Respect: Compassion: Empathy: Specialist professionals – experienced PD teams: Comprehensive list of support services: Crisis Care


‘Expanding my knowledge and hearing real experiences of BPD’

‘The trainer’s knowledge and lived experiences was essential’. (Participant’s Quotes)

Programme structure

The Programme will be delivered face to face and the course is designed to be interactive and participatory. Course timings are 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and refreshments are included.


The Cost of this Programme is £150 per head. This includes lunch, tea, coffee and refreshments.


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.

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.

Dates and location

Workshop date:-

Tues 20th and Tues 27th Aug. 2019

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

MindWise HO

Pinewood House

46 Newforge Lane

Belfast, BT9 5NW

How to book

For more Information, please contact MindWise to request a booking form at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tel: 028 90402323

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. The deadline for registration is Monday 12th August, 2019.



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