Boundaries Explored: Empowering Young People with Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills


Boundaries Explored: Empowering Young People with Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Presented by Dr. Madeline Wishart

Abstract will be available early in 2024

See below for full workshop description and Dr Madeline Wishart's Bio.


Virtual: Friday 26th July 2024
Melbourne F2F: Friday 30th August,
Angliss Conference Centre, CBD
Virtual: Friday 1st November

All workshops are 9am - 4pm

In the event that covid related issues prevent a F2F event going ahead workshop will revert to an online format.


ACTIVE CPD HOURS: This workshop has an optional post workshop assessment. Delegates who complete this assessment are able to claim 6 hours of Active CPD.

CPD Hours: All other delegates are able to claim 6 hours of self identified CPD in your respective professions.


Virtual Workshops:
Early Bird:
$352 inc GST (3 weeks prior to workshop) Standard: $407 inc GST (within 3 weeks of workshop)

F2F Workshops:
Early Bird: Workshop: $407 inc GST (3 weeks prior to workshop) Standard: $462 inc GST (within 3 weeks of workshop)


Dr Madeline Wishart is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), and young people who experience difficulty in regulating their emotionally and tolerating distress. She has a PhD, along with a Masters in both Professional and Clinical Psychology. Madeline has a combined history of both research and practical experience across a variety of settings. She has worked in the education, community, private and psychiatric sectors as a youth, school, trauma counsellor, and psychologist. In an academic and research capacity, Madeline has been employed as a sessional lecturer and project officer at Victoria University; and a research officer at Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) in Melbourne. Madeline also has over 18 years of experience presenting on managing and treating NSSI in young people. She has recently been working as a psychologist at Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital. Madeline currently divides her time between her private practice – Wishart Psychology; and working in a consultative capacity with schools providing professional development, therapeutic support and policy development around NSSI and coping skills more broadly.

Dr Wishart is an outstanding speaker. With an academic background and vast experience in working with young people, including years as a school counsellor, Dr Wishart provides extensive knowledge and highly practical workshops - much of which you will be able to directly and immediately incorporate into your own schools.

Workshop Outline

Workshop description here

Session 1

This session will focus on laying the theoretical underpinnings for understanding distress tolerance, including a brief introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). An overview of the empirical evidence of DBT skills for adolescents. Why do some adolescents struggle with tolerating distress and regulating their emotions? What is Distress Tolerance? When and why distress tolerance skills should be used.

Session 2

During this session we will start to fill your distress tolerance toolbox with some skills. Developing an understanding of different coping styles. Emotions eek! - avoid, numb, supress, and push away at all costs! Mindfulness is a superpower, so let’s get really comfortable with it. Mindfulness myth busting. The three mind states in DBT.

Session 3

Validation versus the “but”. Urges aren’t so scary! Beyond rubber bands: using distress tolerance skills for harmful or unhelpful behaviours. Crisis survival skills. Creating a crisis survival kit.

Session 4

Introduction to emotion regulation skills and when to use them. Putting it all into practice. Creating change and challenging “stuck” students. Practice, patience, and perseverance: lessons from nature.