Borderline Personality Disorder
How Therapists Can Successfully Treat One of the Most Difficult, Fascinating, Volatile, Dreaded and Potentially Rewarding Populations
By Zur Institute
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No other mental disorder has stirred and evoked more fascination, volatility, trepidation and dread in therapists as borderline personality disorder (BPD). We have all heard statements like the following:
"Never have more than one or two Borderlines in your practice at a time."
"You are one Borderline away from losing your license."
"I have one Borderline too many in my practice."
"If you take on a BPD client, you will be swamped with late night phone calls and an all-consuming, volatile therapeutic relationship."
Litigation Risk: BPD clients are more likely than other clients to file complaints and initiate legal actions against their therapists.
Emotional Toll: Working with BPD can be emotionally taxing and exhausting. Learn about the nature of the disorder and carefully manage your counter-transference. Do not act impulsively. Do seek support and consultation as necessary.
Contrary to the prevailing myths that BPD is incurable, new perspectives and new (and old) therapies have proven surprisingly effective. With the aid of this online course, it is our hope that BPD will no longer be the disorder that therapists dread. The course will discuss how BPD is eminently treatable and show how working with BPD clients can be highly rewarding.
Strategies for Risk Management:
- Developing a deep understanding of the nature of BPD and treatment options.
- Comprehend the actions and reactions that are often evoked.
- Implement clearly articulated treatment plans.
- Set clear, appropriate and compassionate (not punitive) boundaries.
- Carefully manage your counter-transference, do not act impulsively.
- Terminate thoughtfully.
- Document, document, and . . . document.
- Consult, consult, and . . . consult.