National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder


A Resource for Families and People in Recovery Education and Training for Professionals

National Education Alliance for

Borderline Personality Disorder

A Resource for Families and People in Recovery.

Education and Training for Professionals.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological and psychosocial disorder where people have extreme difficulties regulating their emotions. Problems include intense and volatile emotions (such as shame, anger, sadness or anxiety), chaotic relationships, impulsivity, unstable sense of self, suicide attempts, self-harm, fears of abandonment, and chronic feelings of emptiness.With effective treatment and support, data show that most people with BPD can make great progress, with important gains even in one year across a variety of problem areas. Many will no longer meet criteria for BPD. Similarly, data show that with help, family members also report big reductions in grief and feelings of burden, as well as an increased sense of mastery and family satisfaction. Over time, 80% of BPD sufferers reduce their symptoms.

NEA.BPD was initially created as a resource and support group for the families of the BPD diagnosis. NEA.BPD has grown to be a large community of both people and information. You don’t have to travel this path alone. There is hope.

NEA.BPD was initially created as a resource and support group for the families of the BPD diagnosis. NEA.BPD has grown to be a large community of both people and information. You don’t have to travel this path alone. There is hope.


Applying DBT Principles in Therapy - September 23, 2016 in New Canaan, CT
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Applying DBT Principles in Therapy

Charles R. Swenson, M.D.


Dr. Swenson graduated from Harvard College, Yale Medical School, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Yale University. In 1988 he began to study, practice, and implement Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He established the first DBT program (outside of Seattle) on an inpatient unit at New York Hospital. He went on to practice, implement, teach, supervise, and write about DBT from 1989 to the present. After fourteen years at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, he moved to Massachusetts and became Medical Director of the Dept. of Mental Health in Western Massachusetts and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. From 1995 he developed and strengthened DBT programming for adults and adolescents throughout Western Massachusetts. At the same time, he provided training and consultation for DBT programs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2000 Dr. Swenson co-founded the International Society for Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT), which continues to thrive today. Dr. Swenson has written numerous articles and book chapters on the treatment of borderline personality disorder and the applications of DBT in various settings. His book, DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics, will be published by Guilford Press in the summer of 2016.


Friday, September 23, 2016 Silver Hill Hospital, Martin Center

8:15am - 8:45am - Check-In and Continental Breakfast 9:00am - 4:00pm - Presentation

DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. as a principle-based treatment with protocols. Most trained DBT therapists are familiar with the protocols: strategies, skills, agreements, assumptions, and protocols for structuring the treatment and responding to crises. Drawing from his recently published book DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change and Dialectics, in this workshop Dr. Swenson will present DBT’s underlying principles, demonstrating how they can be applied in difficult moments in therapy. Videotaped segments of therapy, role plays, and clinical examples will be used to illustrate the teaching points. At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

checkmarkDescribe and apply DBT’s five principles of behavioral change to change patients’ behaviors in sessions
checkmarkDescribe and apply DBT’s five principles of acceptance to reduce suffering, increase attachment, and facilitate problem solving
checkmarkDescribe and apply DBT’s five principles of dialectics to highlight opposition, move toward synthesis, and facilitate movement in therapy
checkmarkDiscuss how a sharp focus on DBT’s principles, while doing therapy, will naturally catalyze the use of DBT’s strategies

All proceeds support NEA.BPD programs.


Psychiatry Review 2016 - October 13-14, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN
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In Collaboration With National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder Conference


Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder: Early Prevention, Intervention and Gateways to Treatment


Keynote Presentations

Carla Sharp 

Early Detection and Intervention in Borderline Personality Disorder

Carla Sharp, PhD University of Houston

The Family Connections Program

Perry Hoffman, PhD President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
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Key Topics:
  • Bipolar vs. Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Self-Harm in Adolescents
  • Adolescent Eating Disorders
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy - STEPS-A
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At-risk adolescents and young adults: Current evaluation ... - November 10-11, 2016, Tel Aviv, Israel REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

‘The New Wave in Psychotherapy’ Program at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC in cooperation with The Israeli Centre for Mentalizing and The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

The 2nd International Conference on Borderline Personality Disorder:

What Works for Borderline Personality Disorder:

At-risk adolescents and young adults:

Current evaluation, prevention & treatment strategies

November 10-11 2016, Tel Aviv, Israel

The recent decade has brought with it unique developments in the identification, evaluation and early prevention for at-risk adolescents and young people with higher probability to develop borderline personality disorder. These developments result in a wide range of newly-adjusted therapeutic interventions and more efficient treatments. At the conference, world leading therapists, specializing in the treatment of at-risk adolescents and young adults, will present their clinical models and intervention strategies for working with this challenging patient population.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Blaise Anguirre - Medical Director; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, DBT – Dialectical Behavior Treatment McLean Hospital, Massachusetts; Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. David Bernstein - Professor of Forensic Psychotherapy at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, SFT – Schema Focused Treatment
  • Dr. Andrew Chanen - Deputy Director of Research, Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Professorial Fellow, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne Director of Clinical Services, Orygen Youth Health, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Prof. Carla Sharp - Professor and Director of Clinical Training, University of Houston.

Opening Remarks

  • Abraham J. Twerski, MD - Founder, Medical Director Emeritus Gateway Rehabilitation Center Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Family Perspectives

  • Lynn Courey - Co-founder, The Sashbear Foundation, Toronto Canada
  • Dr. Perry D. Hoffman - President and Co-founder National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD), New York

The conference will provide clinicians with unique opportunities

  • … To understand the fundamentals of cutting-edge approaches especially designed for working with this specific patient population;
  • … To hear personal experiences of some of the worlds’ prominent clinicians in working with this patient population, their insights about the processes contributing to improved efficacy of treatment, with special focus on commonalities and differences between the methods;
  • … To observe on-stage therapy sessions conducted by master clinicians, demonstrating key-interventions according to the specific approaches discussed at the conference;
  • … To understand BPD from the perspective of family members and learn state-of-the art strategies, suitable for both professionals and family members to implement.

Academic organizing committee

Dr. Perry Hoffman, Dr. Offer Maurer, Dr. Yoav Broshi, Dr. Ilan Diamant


The conference will be held at The Tel Aviv Souraski Medical Centre (Ichilov Hospital) at the ‘Sami Ofer Heart Building’ Conference Hall on Thursday and Friday 10th-11th 2016, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fees & Online Registration

Early bird registration until September 30th, 2016
Regular – 580 Shekel
Students, interns and senior citizens (30 places on a first-come-first-serve basis) – 380 Shekel

Registration from October 1st, 2016
Regular – 630 Shekel
Students, interns and senior citizens (30 places on a first come first serve basis) – 430 Shekel


The Conference Program

Thursday, November 10, 2016
08:15Registration and Reception
08:45-09:15Opening Ceremony - Dr. Abraham Twerski
09:15-10:45Dr. Carla Sharp – Treatment in adolescents with BPD: Mechanisms, process and intervention
10:45-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:45Dr. Andrew Chanen – Indicated prevention is the 'best bet' for prevention of BPD
12:45-14:00Dr. Blaise Aguirre – DBT in the treatment of adolescents and young adults
14:00-15:00Lunch Break
15:00-16:00Dr. David Bernstein – Schema Therapy for young adults with severe personality disorders
16:00-16:30Dr. David Bernstein – Demonstrating Schema Therapy - A live session
16:30-17:15An interview with Dr. David Bernstein
17:15End of first day
Friday, November 11, 2016
08:45-09:45Dr. Blaise Aguirre and Dr. Perry Hoffman and Mrs. Lynn Courey - DBT with families
09:45-10:15Dr. Blaise Aguirre – Demonstrating DBT - a live session
10:15-10:45An interview with Dr. Blaise Aguirre
10:45-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:15Dr. Andrew Chanen – My clinical work with adolescents and young adults
12:15-12:45Dr. Andrew Chanen – Demonstrating interventions in a live session
12:45-13:15An interview with Dr. Andrew Chanen
13:15-14:00Round Table: Dr. Carla Sharp, Dr. Andrew Chanen, Dr. Blaise Aguirre, Dr. Perry Hoffman, Dr. David Bernstein, Mrs. Lynn Courey, Dr. Offer Maurer, Dr. Yoav Broshi, Dr. Ilan Diamant

Welcome to the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder website.

We invite you to look at the wealth of information on the site and also to explore our Media Library, an international resource of audio and video postings. We thank the many hundreds of presenters who gave of their time to make this the largest global media library on borderline personality disorder. All resources are available for you at no cost.

Please share your thoughts, suggestions and comments on the site with us. Donations to support our effort are greatly appreciated!

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