Monday is the FREE Educational Presentation and Discussion on BPD and Teens

Join us for part 2 of our 3 part series as Nancy Gordon, LCSW presents and leads a discussion on issues related to treating teens with BPD or other severe emotional/behavioral dysregulation. Open to families, consumers, clinicians, educators, and anyone who is interested in this topic.  CE’s available for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT or Psychologists.  Register...

News and Research from the Annual 2015 ISITDBT conference

I recently returned from the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy   (ISITDBT) meeting in Chicago and wanted to share some of the impressive new research in the world of DBT.  There were over 400 attendees from all over the world; registration needed to be closed because of room capacity. After starting with mindfulness, there were three presentations on research happenings. Adapting DBT for Pre-Adolescent Children with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy Trials (Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D., Donald Nathanson, LCSW Weill Cornell Medical College)   Francheska and her group at Cornell has been working on adapting DBT for younger children and her manual is in the process of getting finalized and released.  How amazing it would be to be able to capture the younger children at risk and provide early intervention treatment for them and their families! Computerized Trans-Diagnostic Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Emotion Dysegulation (Anita Lungu, Ph.D., Chelsey Wilks, M.S., Garret Zieve, B.Sc., Maya Krek B.Sc., Aleen Potts B.Sc., Hannah Lessing, B.Sc., Marivi Navarro, Ph.D., Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., University of Washington).  There are an estimated 45 million people in the world who suffer from a mental or behavioral disorder (WHO, 2012) and in the developed countries 44-70% of people with mental health problems don’t get treated and even worse, in the developing countries, 90% of people with mental health issues don’t get treatment.  Therefore, Anita along with help from Marsha Linehan and funding from the NIMH are in process of working on how to use technology to get treatment to more people.  Addressing the goal of creating effective computerized therapy...

About those families….

FBPDA just hosted our second in the series of 3 informational events to the community about issues related to BPD.  On Weds. evening a group of us got together at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and viewed a film about family issues and options and then had a lively and open discussion.  People were able to critique the film, both positive and negative aspects of it, and speak their minds even if there were different perspectives or opinions, and there were lots of excellent points and insights and even personal sharing.  As a therapist, it warmed my heart to see the amount of recovery, growth and courage in that room, both from people who self-identified as having BPD, therapists, and the family members.   Although the turnout wasn’t as big as I personally had hoped, given that these are our first community events, it is a good opportunity to learn what works, what doesn’t so we can continue to adapt it to respond to the feedback.  We are working on about taking these events to other parts of the state so if you think your community would benefit from some education about BPD, contact us and we can arrange with you to come to your area. Our final educational event for this series is about Adolescents and BPD and is May 20th, from 6-8, also at the Children’s Board which is on 1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.  It is free and donations are accepted but not...

A great free educational opportunity for all is starting this Sunday: NEABPD Teleconference Series

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder WINTER: SUNDAY CALL-IN SERIES 2015      8pm to 9pm EST www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com  REGISTRATION FOR THESE FREE-OF-CHARGE SESSIONS IS AT: NEABPDCALLS@AOL.COM February 15th   Charlie Swenson, MD and Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.        Skills as the Core of DBT:  Commentaries on the New Skills Manual ======================================================================================= February 22nd  Anthony Ruocco, Ph.D.                      Cognitive Functioning and Functional Abilities in BPD March 1st          Edward Selby, Ph.D.                            Emotional Cascades & Understanding the Chaos & Complexity of BPD March 22nd     Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, Ph.D.   The Interplay of Emotional and Interpersonal Processes in BPD March 29th      Diana Diamond, Ph.D.                         Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Severe Narcissistic             Personality Disorders, Recent Developments in Research & Treatment April 12th         Kenneth Silk, MD                                  Ask the Doctor: Medication and More April 19th         Marina Bornovalova, Ph.D.                 Quantitative Genetic Studies on Borderline Personality...

A request for volunteers to participate in a study on self harm from a UF graduate student researcher

FBPDA neither endorses nor opposes this request; we are just passing it along. Research has shown that stress and strain in a person’s life, especially in overwhelming amounts, may lead a person to feel the need to cope in one form or another. While some people may choose to go on a walk, talk to a friend, or find work to occupy their mind, other people turn to self-injurious behavior as a means to deal with stress. This study will examine the pathways to self-injurious behavior that people go down and why people choose self-injurious behavior over other coping methods. Specifically this study will look at environmental factors, feelings associated with self-injurious behavior, and the meanings of self-injurious behavior that are common among individuals who employ it as a means for dealing with stress. This study will be conducted by Wally Wojciechowski, a graduate student in the sociology department at the University of Florida. Data will be collected through in person and telephone interviews during which the participant’s self-injury history will be discussed. All identifying information will be kept confidential and all participants will be kept anonymous. This study seeks to reduce stigma associated with self-injurious behavior in hopes that people who engage in the act will see that they are not alone and encourage people who feel that they have a problem with self-injurious behavior to seek help instead of suffering in silence. If you are interested in being a part of this study please feel free to contact Wally Wojciechowski either via email or telephone using the contact information below. If you know a person or people...