General Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder 
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This 8-hour, self-paced continuing education course for health care professionals offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach to borderline personality disorder (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.

The course utilizes group discussion, video clips, and clinical vignettes to promote interactive learning and a comprehensive understanding of the treatment.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • 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.

Offered by the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital

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  • Primary Care and Specialty Physicians
  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Pharmacists, Physician Assistants

About the Course

Management strategies using practicality, good sense, and flexibility are emphasized.

Listening, validation, judicious self-disclosures, and advisement to build a life rather than focus on being a patient create a positive relationship in which both the concerns and limitations of a mental health professional are explicit.

Techniques and interventions that facilitate the patient’s trust and willingness to become a proactive collaborator will be described.

Guidelines for managing the common and usually most burdensome issues of managing suicidality and self-harm (e.g. intersession crises, threats as a call-for-help, excessive use of ER’s or hospitals) will be reviewed.

Principles for the management of coexisting disorders and medications from an evidence-based point of view are presented pragmatically. How and when psychiatrists can usefully integrate group, family, or other psychotherapies will be described.



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Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Workshop

Wednesday, March 25-Thursday, March 26
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, and Peter W. Tuerk, PhD

This pre-conference workshop aims to provide didactic training in how to provide prolonged exposure (PE) therapy to patients with PTSD from various trauma histories. Prolonged exposure is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), supported as a first-line intervention across PTSD treatment guidelines. Our goal is to provide the didactic portion of training in prolonged exposure therapy for licensed independent providers of psychotherapy. Proper training will allow for effective implementation, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

This training focuses on the theoretical and empirical basis for PE, detailed instructions on delivering the specific protocol components, role playing, videos, vignettes, and in-depth Q&A.

Participants will also receive instruction in the integration of basic therapy skills with protocol therapies, and the integration of technology and clinical care. Training will include the basics of how to do PE as well as additional information on how to tailor treatment to individual patient presentations. Focusing on treatment of PTSD while maintaining manual fidelity will be emphasized. Special attention will be devoted to implementing PE for PTSD when it presents along with other serious mental illnesses.


The target audience includes mental health professionals who are licensed independent providers of psychotherapy, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At successful completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct PE with fidelity
  • Appropriately screen candidates for the treatment
  • Conduct ongoing psychometrically valid evaluation to guide treatment
  • Titrate emotional engagement during imaginal exposures to therapeutic levels
  • Facilitate the construction of an effective in vivo exposure hierarchy
  • Effectively assign and review patient homework assignments
  • Assist patients to process trauma and decrease PTSD symptoms

Attendees who complete this training are encouraged to obtain case consultation as they implement PE in practice.


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McLean Hospital is host to this conference at one of our Cambridge satellite locations.

625 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Accreditations and Approvals


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8 ANCC contact hours.

Social Workers

Please email for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

We also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

International Clinicians

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society, or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found on their website.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care and procedural skills
  • Medical knowledge

IOM Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) competencies: provide patient-centered care and employ evidence-based practice.

Disclosure Policy and Statement

All individuals in a position to control the content of this activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they have with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers have reported relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated:

Name: Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD
Relationship: Book Royalties
Companies: American Psychiatric Association Publishing and Springer

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.


CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

Fee and Refund Policy

At the end of the registration process, a $5 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration.

Because online course materials can be accessed immediately, refunds are not permitted.

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