Ruptures are a wonderful therapeutic opportunity. They provide the context for new and healing experiences of expression, understanding, and containment.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterised by complex trauma and internal fragmentation, particularly centred around aspects of self and attachment. These components of BPD makes therapeutic ruptures more likely, and rupture and repair is central to healing.

This training will give you the confidence to understand typical common ruptures for BPD presentations and how to respond effectively.

CPD hours: 3

Hi, I'm your trainer - Dr Sarah Ashton

Sarah (she/her) is the Director and Founder of the first psychology practice dedicated to sexual health treatment – SHIPS. Sarah is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), board approved supervisor (AHPRA), member of the Society of Australian Sexologists and has worked with clients in the sexual health field for over 15 years. She has developed and delivered training for the community, professionals and clinical psychology students. She is a published researcher in The Journal of Sex Research, Porn Studies, Feminism & Psychology, and has written articles for The Conversation and Red Magazine. Sarah has been a guest speaker on Joy FM and ABC radio. Sarah brings a warm, down-to-earth, compassionate approach to therapy and leading her practice. She loves what she does and wants to share this important area of knowledge with emerging and established practitioners.

Step-by-step practical instructions

Dr. Ashton shares her insights from practice in the field so you leave with in-depth knowledge

Join a community of peers

Attend group supervision at the end of your training. Meet like-minded practitioners and learn from each other.

Training Curriculum

  Introduction (Total listening time 5:46)
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  Ruptures (Total listing time 31:02)
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  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (Total listening time 25:26))
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  BPD & Ruptures (total listening time 11:42)
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  Common ruptures and how to respond (Total listening time 21:47)
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  Conclusion (Total listening time 2.47)
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Suitable for:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Sex therapists
  • GPs
  • Students undertaking education in all of the above

Level of experience required:

  • Undertaking or completed qualifications in psychology or above disciplines
  • No experience with sexual therapy necessary

What is included:

  • Access to online training modules - unlimited time
  • Access to a 1 hour Zoom group supervision led by Dr Sarah Ashton, following completion of the course
  • Certificate of completion


  • 1-2 hours, plus 1 hour group supervision
  • CPD hours: 3

Duration of Access: 

Unlimited. Once you sign up, you can take as long as you like to complete the course.

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