Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a clinical diagnosis that is often misunderstood. The experience associated with BPD involves intense emotional and behavioral 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 behaviors 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.
Credit Hours (CEU)
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- History of BPD and Current DSM Diagnosis
- Common Challenges Associated with BPD
- BPD Traits, Characteristics, and Symptomology
- Causes of BPD
- The Link Between Trauma and BPD
- Traits versus Diagnosis
- The Experience of Living with BPD
- The Impact of BPD on Family, Friends, Caregivers
- Empathy and Boundary Considerations
- Considerations Around Self-Injury and Suicide
- Strategies and Keys to Supporting
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Identify signs and symptoms indicative of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- List and apply skills for supporting people living with BPD
- Differentiate between helpful and enabling behaviors when supporting or living with BPD
- Define and practice boundary setting when in a supporting role
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Tricia Klassen, MSW, RSW
Tricia is a Registered Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Developmental Studies. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a compassionate therapist who specializes in suicide intervention, self-injury, anxiety and depression and neurodevelopmental issues. Highlights of Tricia’s career include her role in family-centred research and training with Manitoba Family Services, several years as a social worker and therapist for St. Amant Centre, and supporting youth and families in crisis as both therapist and clinical supervisor of the Youth Crisis Stabilization System through MYS. Her therapeutic approach is client-centred and trauma informed, drawing upon individual strength and resiliency. She has a profound belief in the resiliency of the human spirit, particularly in conditions of relational attunement, connection and support. Tricia is skilled in finding a balance between being informative and building connections with her participants while delivering workshops.
This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, family members, and anyone seeking a better understanding of borderline personality disorder.