Clinician Training for
Borderline Personality Disorder


Offered by McLean Hospital’s Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute

Through conferences and workshops for clinicians, the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute aims to increase quality of care and access to treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Course topics include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), general psychiatric management (GPM), mentalization-based treatment (MBT)—offered in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, and transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP)—offered in conjunction with TFP-New York.

Who Attends

  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Physicians, Physicians Assistants


Who attends

Upcoming Courses

Understanding Narcissism: From Healthy to Disordered

This 2-day virtual conference will explore dimensional concepts of narcissism, ranging from healthy to pathological. Objective measures to assess how narcissism can affect people’s ability to function in life will be reviewed. Through the lens of social and organizational psychology, strategies for managing narcissistic employees and leaders in the workplace will be discussed.

Sessions will include interactive question and answer panels, and three optional, intensive workshops designed to enhance participants’ skills in specific therapeutic modalities.

Join us online: December 9-10, 2021

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Mentalization-Based Treatment Basic Training: Online Course for Clinicians

The Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Basic Training one-month course is made up of 3 days of live, instructor-led content and 21 hours of self-guided content. In this course, participants 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. Participants learn how to use their own experiences of the patient as a way of increasing mentalizing within therapeutic encounters.

Join us online: January 11, 13 & 14, 2022

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Understanding and Treating Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder: What Clinicians Should Know

This one-day, virtual conference focuses on the nature and treatment of obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). This conference will review the core features of OCPD, how the condition impacts functioning, and explain how it can be differentiated from OCD.

Cognitive behavioral therapy interventions for the maladaptive traits and behaviors of OCPD will be focused on as well as the demonstration of specific approaches for presenting problems and ways of overcoming treatment obstacles.

Join us online: February 11, 2022

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Mentalization-Based Treatment Practitioner Level Training: Online Course for Clinicians

This workshop expands previous knowledge and embeds the basic skills of mentalization-based treatment (MBT). The new course is made up of 2 days of live, instructor-led content and 4 hours of self-guided content.

Learn how to use the MBT adherence scale for individual therapy and hone MBT skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays. Using video, participants demonstrate their use of basic interventions within a standardized scenario with an actor.

Join us online: March 4-5, 2022

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General Psychiatric Management for BPD Online Training

This 8-hour, self-paced course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach to BPD known as good or general psychiatric management (GPM). This generalist approach to managing this prevalent, disabling, and sometimes fatal but treatable diagnosis is good enough for most clinicians and most patients, and provides mental health professionals with guidelines they need to become skilled providers who can derive satisfaction from treating patients with BPD.

Register now to learn at your own pace

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Online Clinician Supervision Offerings

Clinicians seeking advanced proficiency in treatment modalities are encouraged to register for upcoming clinician supervision offerings. Virtual sessions are run by Dr. Lois Choi-Kain and other certified trainers.

Supervision offerings include general psychiatric management (GPM), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), and more.

Join us: New offerings begin September 2021

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Continuing Education at McLean

McLean Hospital provides professional education opportunities for a wide range of mental health and allied health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, nationally certified counselors, nursing home administrators, and educators. Our fully accredited programming attracts a broad base of health providers for further training in a variety of specialties.

The Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital was founded in 2013 to elevate awareness and training for evidence-based treatments for BPD and accompanying psychiatric conditions.

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