Borderline Personality Disorder – Understanding and Supporting (1 day)

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 the relationships 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 and more confident 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.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • What Does BPD Mean
  • History of BPD and Current DSM Diagnosis
  • BPD Traits, Characteristics and Symptomology
  • Causes of BPD
  • The Role of Trauma (Direct and Exposure), Attachment and Addictions
  • Traits versus Diagnosis – Does it Matter?
  • Impact of BPD – Individual, Family, Friends, Caregivers
  • Living with BPD
  • Empathy and Boundaries When Supporting
  • Strategies and Keys to Supporting

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, social workers and anyone seeking a better understanding of borderline personality disorder.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, case study exercises, and small group discussion.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants will 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.