Treatment guidelines & intervention manuals

Project Air Strategy Treatment Guidelines and Intervention Manuals

Project Air Strategy Treatment Guidelines for Personality Disorders (2015)

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

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Project Air Strategy Brief Intervention Manual (2015)

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.

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Project 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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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. 

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Project Air Peers

Project Air has developed two programs - 6 weeks and 10 weeks. The manuals are 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. 

10 week program manual

10 week participant workbook

6 week program manual

6 week participant workbook


12 Week Group Skills (DBT) Training Overview

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.

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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 the DBT regulator website