• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 6 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Author:
  • John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP
Workbook Author:
  • Florence B. Roberts, PhD, APRN, BC
Item#: B4003
1 Textbook, 1 Exam Workbook (13 pages)

Integrative Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder: Effective Symptom-Focused Techniques, Simplified for Private Practice

Price $49.95
Item # B4003
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This intermediate-level course supports short-term therapeutic strategies and interventions for the treatment of clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The course discusses ego functions, developmental immaturity, and modes of reaction in persons with BPD. Participants will learn about neurobiological factors that contribute to BPD and the impact of early psychological trauma. The course describes how clinicians can recognize and address typical cognitive and behavioral characteristics of clients. Participants will learn how to select appropriate stabilizing interventions or insight-oriented strategies and how to use inclusion and exclusion criteria to select clients who will benefit from short-term therapy. Participants will learn about ways to facilitate healthy cognitive adaptation: The course discusses how to help clients experience and express emotions safely, engage in problem solving, and alter maladaptive thought patterns. The course discusses therapeutic interventions to reduce suicidal and para-suicidal behaviors of clients, and participants will learn about the uses and limitations of psychotropic medications. The author also offers practical strategies within payment plan constraints and examines the political role of the therapist. The target audience is behavioral health professionals (such as social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists) as well as advanced practice and psychiatric nurses who work with clients who have BPD.

Social workers will receive 6 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Biskin, R. S., & Paris, J. (2012). Management of borderline personality disorder. CMAJ, 184(17). doi:10.1503/cmaj.112055

Clarkin, J. F. (2012). An integrated approach to psychotherapy techniques for patients with personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(1), 43–62. doi:10.1521/pedi.2012.26.1.43

Koerner, K. (2012). Doing dialectical behavior therapy: A practical guide. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Linehan Institute. (2014). Tools for clinicians. Retrieved from http://behavioraltech.org/resources/tools_clinicians.cfm

Livesley, W. J. (2012). Integrated treatment: A conceptual framework for an evidence-based approach to the treatment of personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(1), 17–42. Abstract retrieved from http://guilfordjournals.com/doi/abs/10.1521/pedi.2012.26.1.17

McMain, S. F., Guimond, T., Streiner, D. L., Cardish, R. J., & Links, P. S. (2012). Dialectical behavior therapy compared with general psychiatric management for borderline personality disorder: Clinical outcomes and functioning over a 2-year follow-up. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(6), 650–661. Abstract retrieved from http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.11091416

National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder. (2014). 6 module online free course for professionals. Retrieved from http://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/professionals/6-module-online-course-for-professionals/

National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder. (2014). May BPD awareness video series. Retrieved from http://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/bpd-awareness-month/may-bpd-awareness-video-series/#week%202

Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2013). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014). Borderline personality disorder. Washington, DC: Author.

Course Objectives
  • Identify diagnostic criteria for clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and interventions appropriate for managing their behavior.
  • Identify etiological theories on the possible causes of BPD.
  • Identify core characteristics of clients with BPD and their treatment implications.
  • Differentiate fundamental treatment strategies for clients with BPD.
  • Recognize common elements of successful treatment for clients with BPD.
  • Identify clients who have the best chance of benefiting from short-term therapy.
  • Identify therapeutic strategies that maximize effective outcomes and minimize vulnerability for clients with BPD.
  • Discuss therapeutic strategies for reducing emotional arousal and dyscontrol.
  • Discuss the motivations underlying the self-destructive behaviors of clients with BPD and strategies to reduce these behaviors.
  • Discuss appropriate medication options for clients with BPD.
  • Differentiate treatment approaches for different classes of clients with BPD.
  • Identify ways to terminate therapy safely.
Florence Roberts, PhD, APRN, BC, has been involved professionally in either maternal-child health or mental health nursing since the mid-1960s. She earned her BSN at the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston and MN in Maternal and Child Health at Emory University in Atlanta, her MSN in Mental Health at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her PhD in Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has taught both pediatrics and psychiatric nursing, but her focus for the past 12 years has been psychiatric nursing. She is certified as a clinical nurse specialist in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatric nursing. She has served as an individual and family therapist a school therapist and a PRN staff nurse at a Crisis Recovery Unit. She is currently Associate Professor of Nursing at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
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