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April 27 - April 29, 2017 Transference Focused Psychotherapy Foundational Training: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
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This course is full. For more information, please contact the Borderline Personality Institute Training Institute.

This 3-day course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment for patients with personality disorders (PD). While derived from psychoanalytic tradition, TFP has important modifications making it of use to general clinicians today working with patients with significant personality disorder pathology.

TFP offers clinicians an overarching approach to patients with PD symptoms including, but not limited, to patients with borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. The goals of this workshop include: 1) Introduction to TFP as an individual psychotherapy for patients with personality disorder symptoms, and 2) Introduction to TFP principles of use to clinicians in a variety of treatment settings who may not be offering an extended individual psychotherapy, but nevertheless want assistance in the challenges of treating patients with moderate to severe personality disorder symptoms. TFP Part 1, in October of 2016, focused on setting a foundation of TFP knowledge and its use for treating borderline personality disorder. This course, Transference Focused Psychotherapy Foundational Training Part: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, will focus on narcissistic personality disorder.

May 5 - May 6, 2017 Addictions 2017
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This annual two-day conference brings together some of the foremost authorities in the addiction field. Topics include new, evidence-based treatments, the nuances of treating comorbid disorders along with addiction, and special populations struggling with substance abuse such as those with ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and adolescents. Additionally, the conference will cover electronic cigarettes and their role in smoking cessation, suicide and Opioid Use Disorder, as well as Anabolic Steroids. We are honored to have a prestigious and accomplished faculty. Smaller, breakout sessions each afternoon will allow for in-depth exploration of topic areas in an interactive and stimulating format that should enhance learning and skill-building.
June 8 - June 10, 2017 DBT Skills Training Conference
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This new offering is a collaboration of the McLean Hospital Borderline Personality Disorders Training Institute and the Linehan Institute/Behavioral Tech. This three-day workshop features prominent DBT masters with combined clinical, academic, and research expertise. It assumes a fundamental knowledge of DBT skills, and will go beyond the content of skills to gain a more sophisticated understanding of how DBT skills fit in the larger treatment context, the research behind skills, and the nuance of application of skills with specific persons in specific situations. A highlight of each day will be the “Debate of the Day”, a discussion among trainers where they share their knowledge and clinical experience, and express their opinions DBT skills and related matters.

The workshop will use lecture, extensive demonstration, and discussion among experts to achieve its objectives. This course is designed for mental health professionals with a basic of DBT skills content who want to develop more facile application of the skills at a higher level. Participants should have read the DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition, and bring a copy of the manual and the DBT Skills Training Manual Handouts and Worksheets with them to the workshop.

July 22, 2017 General Psychiatric Management (GPM) Workshop
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This 1-day course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach General Psychiatric Management (GPM, which has been demonstrated to equal Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s (DBT) effectiveness in treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (McMain et al., 2009). The course teaches psychiatrists and other primary care clinicians what they need to know to become competent providers who can derive satisfaction from treating these patients.

Management strategies such as involving practicality, good sense, and flexibility are emphasized. Listening, validation, judicious self-disclosures and admonishments create a positive relationship in which both a psychiatrists’ concerns and limitations are explicit. Techniques and interventions that facilitate the patient’s trust and willingness to become a proactive collaborator will be described. Guidelines for managing the common and usually most burdensome issues of managing suicidality and self-harm (e.g. intersession crises, threats as a call-for-help, excessive use of ER’s or hospitals) will be reviewed. How and when psychiatrists can usefully integrate group, family, or other psychotherapies will be described.

The course utilizes small group and large group discussion, video clips and clinical vignettes to promote interactive learning and a comprehensive understanding of the treatment.

February 15 - February 17, 2018 Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Basic Training
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This will be a 3 full-day intensive course specializing in Mentalization Based Therapy training for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. MBT was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment.

Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice skills. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of interactions with the patient. The therapist stance is of particular importance and differs from the usual therapist stance encountered in psychodynamic and cognitive therapies. It is more active and participatory than dynamic therapy but less specifically so than cognitive therapy and not only focuses on the mind of the patient but also openly juxtaposes the mind of the therapist with that of the patient/family. It shares some components with systemic family therapy but has different aims. Importantly the therapist takes a ‘not knowing’ stance and yet explicitly develops with the patient or family alternative perspectives about what is happening. Participants will learn how to use their own experiences of the patient as a way of increasing mentalizing within therapeutic encounters. The course considers techniques, such as clarification, challenge and basic mentalizing in the context of some of the common clinical situations encountered in treatment with patients. This workshop would give social workers valuable therapy skills in the treatment of BPD patients either alone, or as a clinical team for inpatient unit.

This workshop will equip participants to understand:

  • How mentalizing handicaps derive from early parent-child interactions
  • How mentalizing failures reflect and cause insecure attachments
  • How psychotherapeutic interventions are efforts to correct mentalizing & attachment handicaps

April 19 - April 21, 2018 Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Basic Training
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This will be a 3 full-day intensive course specializing in Mentalization Based Therapy training for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. MBT was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment.

Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice skills. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of interactions with the patient. The therapist stance is of particular importance and differs from the usual therapist stance encountered in psychodynamic and cognitive therapies. It is more active and participatory than dynamic therapy but less specifically so than cognitive therapy and not only focuses on the mind of the patient but also openly juxtaposes the mind of the therapist with that of the patient/family. It shares some components with systemic family therapy but has different aims. Importantly the therapist takes a ‘not knowing’ stance and yet explicitly develops with the patient or family alternative perspectives about what is happening. Participants will learn how to use their own experiences of the patient as a way of increasing mentalizing within therapeutic encounters. The course considers techniques, such as clarification, challenge and basic mentalizing in the context of some of the common clinical situations encountered in treatment with patients. This workshop would give social workers valuable therapy skills in the treatment of BPD patients either alone, or as a clinical team for inpatient unit.

This workshop will equip participants to understand:

  • How mentalizing handicaps derive from early parent-child interactions
  • How mentalizing failures reflect and cause insecure attachments
  • How psychotherapeutic interventions are efforts to correct mentalizing & attachment handicaps


April 21 - April 22, 2018 Mentalization-Based Treatment: Practitioner Level
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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious illness characterized by instability of relationships, self-image, emotions and impulse control. Co-morbid disorders often include depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and/or eating disorders.

These patients present many challenges to clinicians. They require extensive mental health services and account for 20% of psychiatric hospitalizations. Many clinicians are unaware of new and effective treatments that have emerged and provide hope to patients and clinicians alike. To date, all of these interventions are psychotherapies; no medications have gained FDA approval for the treatment of BPD. Gaining knowledge and competence in these psychotherapies offers practicing clinicians the opportunity to improve their skills and effectively help these struggling individuals. One of the most promising of these therapies is Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. Mentalization based treatment was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment.