Borderline Personality Disorder: Conceptualization, Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment
December 5$275 – $375
Sally Butterworth, psychologist
OPQ Accreditation RA03407-20 7CE hours
Saturday December 5th 2020
from 9am to 5pm
Online Zoom (ID meeting and Password will be send to participants)
There are more and more people of all ages seeking therapy who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder either clinically, through self-diagnosis or a family member who suspects BPD because of Internet research. Whereas 20 years ago, the term BPD was not well understood, in today’s world, it is a common-enough diagnosis yet still not well understood in its etiology or evolution. Furthermore, comorbidities can confuse and complicate the initial assessment. Practitioners may become discouraged when confronted by a patient who potentially has BPD for the patients presentation may will present a challenge to tease out the correct diagnosis. However, practitioners should know that research shows that 10% of patients diagnosed with BPD remit within 6 months, 25% by a year and 50% by 2 years. Once patients have remitted, relapses are unusual. (Gunderson, Handbook of Good psychiatric Management for BPD, p. viii)
For a comprehensive and efficient course of treatment, the psychotherapist must have the tools to evaluate correctly the presentation before them, have a sense whether there are any comorbidities to consider and feel grounded in their theoretical understanding of the suffering experienced by the client before them. Furthermore, it would facilitate the psychotherapist’s understanding of BPD by considering whether he/she will be assessing for BPD traits or BPD organization to give a more focused direction to therapy.
Psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers who either are interested in understanding BPD more fully and/or have clients in their practice with the diagnosis of BPD and who would like a deeper understanding of this Personality Disorder. This would facilitate their understanding of the client and subsequent interventions.
Sally Butterworth, psychologue
A 25-year seasoned psychologist in private practice. She has also been a team member of the Borderline Personality Disorder – Short Term and Extended Care Programme at the Allen Memorial Hospital lead by Dr. Joel Paris and Dr. Ron Fraser since its inception 15 years ago. The presenter has been both an individual psychologist to programme patients as well as a co-therapist in the process groups. With respect to community outreach programmes, the presenter also developed and ran a 10-week psycho-educational workshop for families and couples who had loved ones with the diagnosis of BPD. The workshop was given at AMIQuebec, ran for 3 years and was given several times a year.
- Recognize and assess BPD in clients
- Facilitate the psychotherapist’s understanding of BPD
- Facilitate understanding of the client and subsequent interventions