Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a troubling condition for the patient, their relationships, and their therapist. BPD is characterized by rapid mood swings, intense and tumultuous attachments in relationships and frequently, suicidal thoughts. These conditions can make clients with BPD difficult to manage and treat in therapy, especially when using a “treatment-as-usual” approach, however appropriate treatment has been shown to lead to very positive outcomes. This workshop will review the characteristics and current assessment measures for BPD. Emotional dysregulation is a core characteristic of BPD and its significance will be addressed. Management of suicidal behaviors are critical, given that those behaviors are the signature response of BPD. Additionally, the clinical characteristics of BPD will be discussed. Dr. Linehan will discuss innovative research on treatment for BPD and compare the success of the leading treatment modalities. Since most research has been done on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), she will discuss how and why she believes that DBT is the treatment of choice. Her lecture will be augmented with case studies exemplifying the use of DBT with BPD clients. NOTE: This training was filmed in front of a live audience at an event organized by Specialized Training Services
Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP is the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based model that has proven to be effective with patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Dr. Linehan serves as Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for severely disordered and multi-diagnostic populations. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She has served as President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association, a diplomat of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology, and Past President of APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). She has written four books, including two treatment manuals: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder and Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. She serves on a number of editorial boards, and has published extensively in scientific journals. She has received numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards recognizing her clinical and research contributions.
This training is designed to help you:
- Identify core clinical characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder
- Describe commonly used assessment and screening measures for Borderline Personality Disorder
- Discuss innovative research on the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder