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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Borderline Personality Traits in Traumatised Refugee Presentations: Implications for Assessment and Treatment

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Dr Anthony Korner
Director, Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) Program, University of Sydney

Dominica Dorning
Former Clinical Psychologist at STARTTS

This Clinical Master Class, held on 8 May 2019, looked at the presence of borderline personality traits among clients with a refugee trauma background in the context of treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress. It reflected on the barriers clinicians often encounter, such as a reluctance to explore childhood experiences, and the relational complexities that become evident in transference and countertransference. Dr Anthony Korner, a psychiatrist and academic, further explored the origins of borderline personality traits and adapting treatment to suit the client’s needs, aiming at managing borderline personality traits alongside with managing PTSD. Dominica Dorning, a former STARTTS clinical psychologist, illustrated this with a case study of a client from a refugee background.

View the two lectures and panel discussion by clicking on the course content below. When you are finished you can request the system send you a certificate of completion. The slide PDFs are available in the Materials tab.

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