Private Training

Borderline Personality Disorder

1 day

About this Workshop

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a clinical diagnosis that is often misunderstood. The experience associated with BPD involves intense emotional and behavioural challenges for both the individual and their relationships with the people around them. This workshop’s purpose is to increase the understanding of BPD from the perspective of all those impacted, including caregivers, family members, and those diagnosed. Participants will be given an opportunity to explore and better understand their own response as helpers when supporting individuals diagnosed with, or exhibiting behaviours associated with BPD. With this increased understanding and new strategies for offering support, participants will be better equipped in their role of supporting meaningful and manageable change in the lives of those impacted by BPD.

Please note: This workshop is not providing training for clinical therapy – the aim of the training is to provide understanding and practical strategies for a wide range of helpers who support individuals with BPD.

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Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, family members, and anyone seeking a better understanding of borderline personality disorder.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Name the diagnostic criteria for BPD
  • Understand diagnosis vs. traits of BPD
  • Explain the possible causes or etiology of BPD
  • Understand historical context of BPD
  • Apply strategies to support someone with BPD in both a professional and personal helping context

Topics Included

  • Diagnostic Criteria for BPD
  • Factors that Contribute to BPD Development
  • BPD and Trauma
  • History of BPD
  • Living with BPD (Emotions and Behaviours)
  • The Impact of BPD on the Individual
  • Suicide and Self-Harm
  • The Impact of BPD on Concerned Others
  • Strategies for Supporting
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Concepts
  • Validation
  • Empathy and Boundaries for Helpers

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