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Lecture Overview

Treatment agreements (TAs) are an essential aspect of recovery for a person with borderline personality disorder (BPD). TAs provide a plan to guide treatment and ultimately reduce risks for the individual. Watch this session to understand the role and purpose of TAs, the steps involved in creating a TA and what is included in these plans.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


14 Total Rating(s)
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narelle windle
09 Jan 2020

Very interesting. The plan and guided treatment seems quite a good way of empowering the patient and assisting them and negotiating to reduce the risk of further harm

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bronwyn ann beecroft
21 Dec 2019

Excellent presentation, food for thought.

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Levena Leslie West
19 Dec 2019


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Caroline Jenkins
26 Nov 2019

this was an interesting lecture on bpd which added to my knowledge on mental health.

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Estelle Maree Tucker
21 Nov 2019

Presentation was succinct and I welcome this response with what has been a very grey area. This should revolutionise mental health. However this won't help the patients noncompliance.

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Daryl Stuart
20 Nov 2019

I am glad I viewed this online learning session - I support the concept and the use of Treatment Agreements to improve outcomes of people living with mental illness and who may find themselves in crisis.

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Deborah Hinton
17 Nov 2019

Very informative.

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Karen Mackaway
14 Nov 2019

Very informative and interesting regarding the use of treatment agreements

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Jennifer O'Hara
07 Nov 2019