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Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment and Management that Works

Empirically-proven Strategies for Helping Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder Although the most prominent, well-known, and well-researched of the personality disorders, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder remain one of the most difficult types of clients for most mental health and social service professionals. Often experienced as exasperating, upsetting, and even impossible, patients with BPD often confuse, frighten, and frustrate clinicians.
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Faculty:
Gregory W. Lester
Duration:
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jul 11, 2011

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Empirically-proven Strategies for Helping Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Although the most prominent, well-known, and well-researched of the personality disorders, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder remain one of the most difficult types of clients for most mental health and social service professionals. Often experienced as exasperating, upsetting, and even impossible, patients with BPD often confuse, frighten, and frustrate clinicians.

It does not need to be this way. Although largely unfamiliar to all but a few specialists in the area, there are new, innovative, and cutting-edge methods that have empirically-proven effectiveness in managing and treating the behavior of this often bewildering client population. By drawing on the most current experience, research, and literature, this recording offers mental health and social service professionals concise and practical information on treating and managing individuals with this difficult condition.

Presented by Gregory W. Lester, PhD, the widely-acclaimed specialist who has trained more social service personnel on the topic of Personality Disorders than any other professional, this recording delivers what his trainings are famous for—the most current, clear, practical, realistic, useful, and bottom-line information available on the topic.

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FUNDAMENTALS

  • The diagnosis—beginnings, progress, and revisions
  • The disorder—evolution of effective understanding
  • The new brain and behavior studies
  • Current formulations

THE PRACTICAL FEATURES OF BPD

  • Behavioral characteristics
  • Typical beginnings, life course, and outcome
  • Background and cause

MOOD FEATURES

  • Emotional liability
  • Emotional over-intensity
  • Splitting and dichotomizing

BEHAVIORAL FEATURES

  • Anger, rage, and verbally assaultive
  • Effects on other people
  • Impulsivity and self-destructive behaviors

SELF-HARM AND SUICIDAL BEHAVIORS

  • Self-damaging acts
  • Acute and chronic suicidality

PRINCIPLES OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TREATMENT

  • The proven dynamic, analytic approach
  • The proven behavioral, cognitive approach
  • The proven attachment, mentalization approach

PRINCIPLES OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT

  • Relationship management
  • Contextual interventions

MEDICATIONS

  • Types, uses, and effects

CRISES

  • Crisis intervention
  • Hospitalization
  • Telephone contacts

PRACTITIONER ISSUES

  • Emotional stress
  • Negative reactions and counter-transference

RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Empirical realities of the risks involved
  • Risk of suicide
  • Risk of homicide
  • Risk of legal actions

CASE STUDIES

Faculty

Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D. Related seminars and products: 9


Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D., is a clinical, consulting, and research psychologist with practices in Colorado and Texas. Dr. Lester has presented over 2,000 personality disorders trainings to over 200,000 professionals in every major city in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In his nearly 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Lester has treated over 1,000 personality disorder cases and has performed psychological evaluations on over 2,500 individuals.

Dr. Lester has served on the graduate faculty of The University of St. Thomas and as a special consultant to The United Sates Department of Justice. Dr. Lester’s office served as one of the original research sites for the DSM-5® revision of the personality disorders section where he collaborated with Emory University, the New York State Psychiatric Group, The University of Missouri, The University of Kentucky, and the late Dr. Robert Spitzer, chairman of the DSM-3 committee.

Dr. Lester is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Texas Psychological Association, and the Colorado Psychological Association. He is the author of nine books, including Power with People, a manual of interpersonal effectiveness, Shrunken Heads, an irreverent memoir of his graduate school training, and Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Personality Disorders, which is the largest-selling front-line clinical manual on diagnosing, treating, and managing personality disorders.

Dr. Lester’s research and articles have appeared in publications including The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Western Journal of Medicine, The Yearbook of Family Practice, The Journal of Behavioral Therapy, The Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, The Handbook of Depression, Transactional Analysis Journal, Living Word Magazine, The Priest Magazine, and The Houston Lawyer.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Gregory Lester is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Gregory Lester is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Colorado Psychological Association; and the Texas Psychological Association.