Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline personality disorder is a severe, complex psychiatric disorder characterized by long-standing patterns of disproportionately intense emotions, impulsive and self-destructive behaviors. Mental health providers tend to harbor negative and harsh attitudes toward patients with BPD and endorse low ratings on empathy, comfort and treatment, and overall prognosis, which can negatively affect the care and treatment outcome of these patients. It is imperative for these providers to receive education regarding the nature of BPD, effective drug and non-drug therapies, and perhaps most importantly, interaction strategies to avoid being drawn into the patient's pathologic personality traits.

Education Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health
Release Date: 04/01/2020
Expiration Date: 03/31/2023

Table of Contents


This advanced course is designed for psychologists who are involved in the care of patients with borderline personality disorder.

Accreditations & Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 15 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide psychologists with the information necessary to assess and treat patients with borderline personality disorder effectively and safely, while minimizing their own stress level and clinic disruption these patients are capable of producing.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Review the history of borderline personality disorder (BPD).
  2. Describe the current and previous diagnostic criteria for BPD.
  3. Outline the incidence and prevalence of BPD.
  4. Identify common psychiatric and medical comorbidities of BPD.
  5. Evaluate the pathophysiology and natural history of BPD in various patients.
  6. Analyze barriers to the care of patients with BPD.
  7. Discuss approaches to the assessment and diagnosis of BPD.
  8. Describe conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of BPD.
  9. Outline the history of therapy for BPD and selection of the appropriate level of care for patients with BPD.
  10. Discuss approaches to identify and intervene to prevent self-harm, parasuicidal behaviors, and suicide in patients with BPD.
  11. Assess the efficacy of available specialist psychosocial therapies used in the treatment of BPD.
  12. Evaluate the efficacy of available generalist and primary care interventions used in the treatment of BPD.
  13. Review the role of pharmacotherapy in BPD treatment, including contraindicated medications.
  14. Describe the importance of involving the family in treatment approaches for BPD.
  15. Discuss approaches to managing psychiatric comorbidities in patients with BPD.
  16. Outline the prognosis of patients with BPD.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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