What you'll learn

  • Explain the diagnosis to patients and families and establish reasonable expectations for change (psychoeducation)
  • Manage the problem of recurrent suicidality and self-harm while limiting personal burden and liability
  • Expedite alliance-building via use of medications and homework
  • Identify when to prioritize BPD's treatment and when to defer until a comorbid disorder is resolved

Course description

This is HMS CME Online course with faculty from McLean Hospital is targeted to Primary Care and Specialty Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, and Social Workers. This course is also of interest to physicians who practice in Psychiatry and Psychology and Mental Health.

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Course outline

  • GPM for BPD is structured as follows:

    Module 1: Background

    • 1.1 Status of BPD & Myths about BPD
    • 1.2 New Generalist Model

    Module 2: Interpersonal Hypersensitivity

    • 2.1 BPD's Core and Diagnostic Coherence
    • 2.2 Clinical Implications

    Module 3: Overall Principles

    • 3.1 Principles of General Psychiatric Management (GPM)
    • 3.2 Anger Management Vignette
    • 3.3 GPM as a Therapeutic Approach

    Module 4: Disclosing the Diagnosis & Psychoeducation

    • 4.1 BPD Criteria
    • 4.2 Diagnostic Disclosure Vignette (Male)
    • 4.3 Benefits and Myths about Disclosure
    • 4.4 Resistance to Diagnosis
    • 4.5 Psychoeducation Vignette
    • 4.6 Psychoeducation

    Module 5: Getting Started

    • 5.1 Start and Early Effects
    • 5.2 Establishing an Alliance Vignette (M)
    • 5.3 Change and Early Effects
    • 5.4 Alliance Building
    • 5.5 Availability Vignette
    • 5.6 Intersession Availability

    Module 6: Managing Suicidality

    • 6.1 Background to Suicidality in BPD
    • 6.2 Nine Basic Principles (Part 1)
    • 6.3 Safety Planning Vignette
    • 6.4 Nine Basic Principles (Part 2)
    • 6.5 Nine Basic Principles (Part 3)
    • 6.6 Guidelines and Liability

    Module 7: Case Discussion I 

    Module 8: Pharmacotherapy and Comorbidity

    • 8.1 Current State and Strategies
    • 8.2 Medication Vignette
    • 8.3 Pharmacotherapy Strategies
    • 8.4 Comorbid Disorders

    Module 9: Case Discussion II 

    Module 10: Multimodal Treatments

    • 10.1 Advantages and Rules of Multimodal Treatments
    • 10.2 Groups
    • 10.3 Family Interventions
    • 10.4 Family Involvement Vignette

    Module 11: Case Discussion 

    Module 12: Conclusion

    • 12.1 Termination, Change, and Why Do This Work

    Final Posttest

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Medical School

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