Treatment Guidelines


Project Air Strategy Treatment Guidelines for Personality Disorders (2015)

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These Treatment Guidelines have been developed by Project Air Strategy to assist services and practitioners working with personality disorders.

Project Air Strategy Brief Intervention Manual (2015)

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This Brief Intervention Manual has been developed by Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders. It is designed to assist services and practitioners implement an integrative relational step-down model of care. It helps to plan care, manage clients in crisis, deliver brief interventions, and connect with carers.

Brief Intervention manual for adolescentsProject Air Strategy Brief Intervention Manual for Adolescents (2019)

This manual is designed to help healthcare workers and services intervene early and better support young people with complex mental health issues. It is particularly focused on young people in crisis, who have complex needs, by providing practical therapeutic techniques in the prevention and treatment of high-risk challenging behaviours. It describes a four session brief intervention that can act as the first step in a treatment journey for young people who are presenting with complex needs and high-risk challenging behaviours.

Adolescent intervention guidelines cover icon smaller Adolescent Intervention - Guide for Clinicians (2019)

This guideline has been developed by Project Air Strategy as an intervention for clinicians working with young people with complex mental health issues, including personality disorder, trauma history, self-harm and suicidal behaviour and difficulties with affect, identity and relationships.

 Project Air Strategy Parenting with Personality Disorder & Complex Mental Health Issues  Intervention (2018)

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Parenting with personality disorder and complex mental health issues intervention: A manual for health professionals - is designed by the Project Air Strategy to provide a brief parenting intervention for mental health workers to assist people with personality disorders and complex mental health issues to strengthen and enhance their parenting skills.

Project Air Strategy Family, Partner and Carer Intervention Manual for Personality Disorders (2019)

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This manual is designed for working with families, partners and carers of people with personality disorder, emerging personality disorder, symptoms or traits.

Project Air Strategy Schools, Teachers & Students - Working with young people with complex mental health issues. Understanding and responding to emerging personality disorder, trauma history, self-harm and suicidal behaviour and difficulties with identity, emotions and relationships (2016)

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This guide was therefore designed with the motto: “For any teacher, anywhere”. It is hoped that any person working in the education system engaging in regular communication with young people experiencing mental health difficulties will find this guide useful when they require extra support and information. This includes teachers, support teachers, year advisors, deputy principals, principals, school counsellors and psychologists. Project Air Strategy for Schools aims to provide education staff with information and tools to work effectively with young people that are experiencing a personality disorder or are presenting with emerging symptoms by offering an evidence-based approach that promotes early intervention within the school environment.

This guideline was developed with the support of the New South Wales Department of Education and NSW Ministry of Health.

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (2013)

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Federal Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler released the BPD Guidelines on 15th March 2013 in Canberra. These are the first NHMRC Guidelines for this important mental health disorder that affects over a million Australians, with an estimated prevalence of 5.9% of the population. Approximately one third of all people admitted to mental health hospitals have a personality disorder or related condition. The guidelines recommend the widespread use of psychological treatments, the involvement of families and carers and the promotion of positive attitudes towards this condition as it responds well to specific treatments. Recommendations from the Project Air Strategy feature prominently in the guidelines, emphasising the relevance and value of the strategy in promoting quality treatment and increasing hope in those with the disorder.

View the NHMRC BPD Guidelines at: 

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This manual is for peer workers, mental health professionals and services who are interested in providing co-facilitated programs for individuals with personality disorder. It is recommended that peer workers involved in the program have lived experience of personality disorder (with traits resembling borderline personality disorder) and have undergone the training associated with delivering and using this intervention manual. Clinicians delivering the intervention should be adequately qualified and both peer workers and mental health clinicians should be engaged in regular supervision, peer consultation, and other continuous professional development.

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This workbook is for participants taking part in Project Air Strategy Peer support for people with personality disorder as outlined in the Project Air Strategy Peers Facilitator Manual.

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 12 Week Skills only Groups are increasingly being found to have a strong evidence-base. Please find here a Project Air suggested 12-week model for a skills training group using the standard DBT skills as described in the treatment manuals. References: Laporte, L., Paris, J., Bergevin, T., Fraser, R., & Cardin, J. F. (2018). Clinical outcomes of a stepped care program for borderline personality disorder. Personality and Mental Health, 12(3), 252-264. Linehan, M. (2014). DBT Skills training manual. Guilford Publications.

A modified DBT group therapy manual.
Mission Australia - Triple Care Farm and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education are pleased to be able to provide a group therapy program for working with young people with substance misuse issues and other complex needs.
Clinician manual (Facilitators)
Client manual (Regulator skills workbook)
See also

Last reviewed: 18 November, 2019