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Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for BPD (GAP) Conference Course Description

Continuing Education Offering: May 4, 2019

The GAP Conference is a one-day course focusing on prevention and early intervention for borderline personality disorder (BPD). It serves as part of an initiative to promote early detection and timely intervention for BPD across the health, education, welfare, and other relevant systems. Central to this goal is preparing the mental health workforce by updating knowledge of BPD in young people. During this conference, leaders in the field of BPD will present on a range of topics, spanning neurobiology and course of BPD to evidence-based treatments for BPD in adolescents. Cutting-edge research and practice will be distilled into presentations accessible to both professionals and lay audience members.

BPD has its onset in early adolescence and young adulthood yet diagnosis and treatment are commonly delayed. Early detection and intervention are key to offsetting the development of the disorder and yet the lack of training in early prevention and intervention marks a large practice gap in the field. This training will educate clinicians on the most updated information about BPD in young people and provide them with the tools to better serve their patients.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Location: The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA
Tuition Fee: $200 for general participants, $150 for McLean employees, $125 for participants of MBT-A (May 2-3) and for trainees
Provided by: Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute, McLean Hospital; Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for BPD
CME Credits: 7.25
Course Director: Lois W. Choi-Kain, MD, MEd; Carla Sharp, PhD
Faculty: Anthony W. Bateman, MA, FRCPsych; Carl Fleisher, MD; Peter Fonagy, PhD; Alan Fruzzetti, PhD; Leila Guller, PhD; Jill Hooley, DPhil; Trudie Rossouw, MD; Carla Sharp, PhD; Marisa Silveri, PhD; Mary Zanarini, EdD
Prerequisites: None


Target Audience

Physicians, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors for credit; lay audience members not for credit.

Educational Objectives

This workshop will equip participants to:

  • Describe the assessment, diagnosis, and course of BPD in young people
  • Recognize the role of epistemic trust in the development psychiatric risk
  • Summarize evidence-based treatments for adolescents with BPD including general psychiatric management and mentalization-based treatment
  • Explain new developments in treatment and resources for families of young people with BPD
  • Describe recent updates in impulsivity, substance abuse, and self-harm in young people


Saturday, May 4, 2019

8:00-8:15am – Perry Hoffman: Introduction
8:15-9:15am – Carla Sharp: Overview of BPD in Adolescents: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
9:15-10:00am – Peter Fonagy: Epistemic Trust and the Development of Psychiatric Risk
10:00-10:15am – Coffee Break
10:15-11:00am – Trudie Rossouw: MBT for Adolescents
11:00-11:45am – Anthony Bateman: New Developments in Family Interventions in MBT
11:45am-12:45pm – Lunch
12:45-1:30pm – Mary Zanarini: Lessons About BPD in Adolescents from the McLean Study of Child and Adolescent Development (MSCAD)
1:30-2:00pm – Carl Fleisher: GPM for Adolescents
2:00-2:45pm – Marisa Silveri and Leila Guller: Impulsivity and Substance Abuse in Adolescence: Clinical and Neuroscientific Evidence
2:45pm-3:00pm – Break
3:00-3:45pm – Jill Hooley: Scientific Updates on Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
3:45-4:30pm – Alan Fruzzetti: Working With Parents of Teens and Young Adults with BPD
4:30-4:45pm – Closing Statements

Faculty Information

  • Prof. Martin Bohus, MD, Chair of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty Mannheim; Scientific Director, Institute of Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Psychotherapy Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
  • Lois W. Choi-Kain, MD, MEd, Director, Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute; Director, Gunderson Residence, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Anthony W. Bateman, MA, FRCPsych, Director, Psychotherapy Services and Research Lead, St. Ann’s Hospital, London; Visiting Professor, University College, London; Chief Examiner, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom
  • Carl Fleisher, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Peter Fonagy, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Anna Freud Centre, London; Head of Department, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College, London; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Alan Fruzzetti, PhD, Program Director, 3East Boys Intensive Program, Director of Family Services, 3East Continuum, McLean Hospital
  • Leila Guller, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, McLean Hospital
  • Jill Hooley, DPhil, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Program Head, Experimental Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology, Harvard University
  • Trudie Rossouw, MD, Consultant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Associate Director for Children’s Services, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Carla Sharp, PhD, Director for Clinical Training, Department of Psychiatry, University of Houston; Director, Development Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychiatry, University of Houston; Professor of Psychology, University of Houston
  • Marisa Silveri, PhD, Director, Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, McLean Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Mary Zanarini, EdD, Director, Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development, McLean Hospital; Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Continuing Education


McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 7.25 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 7.25 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count toward 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 7 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 80312-3.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6085. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets the requirements for up to 7.25 NBCC hours.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations

Refund Policy

Due to the small nature of our trainings, the BPD Training Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.