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Training the Next Generation to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder

Alexandra Yogman, LICSW, recalls the first time she talked alone with a patient with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It was 2015, and as part of her social work master’s degree program, she was interning on McLean’s Short Term Unit. She had spent several months shadowing experienced clinicians, and her supervisor believed she was ready to sit down and converse alone with this patient. “I...

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment: Can We Make It More Accessible?

In just the past few decades, a number of highly specialized psychotherapies entered the clinical scene as effective evidence-based therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The proliferation of these intensive therapies—dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), schema focused therapy (SFT), transference focused psychotherapy (TFP), and systems training...

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex mental illness often characterized by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, has historically been viewed by clinicians as untreatable. An April 2015 article in The New York Times referred to BPD as “an intractable condition,” which is misinformation that persists about the disorder according to John G. Gunderson, MD, director of McLean’s...

Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute: Addressing a Crucial Need

The Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute (BPDTI) at McLean Hospital provides instruction on the four major evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD)—dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), general psychiatric management (GPM), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and transference focused psychotherapy (TFP). Through courses offered in conjunction with the Anna...

McLean Trains Clinicians from Around the US and Beyond in Mentalization-Based Treatment

Thanks to decades of clinical expertise and the support of McLean’s philanthropic community, McLean Hospital has become a preeminent training center for one of the most promising therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD): mentalization-based treatment (MBT). One of five empirically validated treatments for BPD, MBT helps patients develop the ability to understand the mental state of...

Safe Passage: Gunderson Residence Provides Transitional Support for Women with Borderline Personality Disorder

With the opening of the Gunderson Residence, women with borderline personality disorder (BPD) now have a structured, home-like environment to support them in their recovery. With nine private beds, the residence is designed for women ages 21 and older who need additional structure in making the transition from inpatient to outpatient care. BPD, a complex illness characterized by dependency,...

“Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex PTSD: Differentiation and Treatment”

Hosted by Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, Medical and Program Director, Gunderson Residence, Director, McLean Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute Borderline personality disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder have a high rate of co-occurrence, have many overlapping symptoms, and are commonly confused. In this webinar, Dr. Choi-Kain will outline important similarities and...