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McLean Hospital

Borderline Personality Disorder:

New Acceptance and Heightened Optimism

October 29-30, 2004

The Marriott, Cambridge, MA


The McLean Hospital
Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education

Shervert H. Frazier, M.D.


Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.

Medical Director

William S. Pollack, Ph.D.

Director, Psychology Education

Course Description

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that can be dreaded and feared by many clinicians. These patients bring many issues to treatment and can present many challenges to clinicians. Because of these negative perceptions, the diagnosis is sometimes under-recognized and patients with this diagnosis can be marginalized. However, new understandings and insights into this illness bring hope to clinicians, patients, and their families.

McLean Hospital, an affiliated teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is proud to offer this conference, bringing together world-renowned clinicians and researchers in the area of borderline personality disorder. The message of the faculty is clear; borderline personality disorder is a valid diagnosis that can be recognized and treated, and that patients can and do get better. Dr. John G. Gunderson will discuss the importance of speaking openly with patients and families about the diagnosis and will describe the conduct of individual psychodynamic psychotherapy with these patients. Drs. Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman will discuss the theoretical, clinical, and research developments which have established the efficacy of a new form of treatment for borderline patients called “Mentalization Based Treatment” (MBT). Dr. James A. Chu will discuss the overlaps and distinctions between borderline personality disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Drs. Alec L. Miller and Elizabeth T. Murphy will describe practical applications of the widely used Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and for adults. Drs. Mary C. Zanarini and Frances R. Frankenburg will present their groundbreaking course on borderline personality disorder, addressing what every clinician, patient, and family needs to know about BPD.


This conference will help participants to:
  • Understand the importance of speaking openly with patients and families about the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.
  • Recognize ways in which borderline patients can learn to actively recognize and value mental states in themselves and others.
  • Understand the application of dialectical behavioral therapy in conjunction with non-DBT therapists and when working with adolescents.
  • Be able to distinguish borderline personality disorder from posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Understand new concepts in the prognosis and treatment of borderline personality disorder.
Course Directors
Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D.
John G. Gunderson, M.D.
Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.


This program is supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant-in-aid from Eli Lilly and Company.


Day 1 Friday, October 29

8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introduction
Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
John G. Gunderson, M.D.
9:10-9:50 The Importance of Informing Patients and Families of the Borderline Diagnosis
John G. Gunderson, M.D.
9:50-11:00 Mentalization: The Core Deficit in Borderline Patients
Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., DipPsych, FBA
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:25 How to Help Borderline Patients Recognize Feelings in Themselves and Others
Anthony W. Bateman, M.D., FRCPsych
12:25-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:10 Integrating DBT Skills Training Within an Eclectic Therapeutic Setting
Elizabeth T. Murphy, Ph.D.
3:10-3:20 Break
3:20-4:30 Distinguishing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from Borderline Personality Disorder
James A. Chu, M.D.
4:30-5:00 Panel Discussion
All speakers for the day

Day 2 Saturday, October 30

8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:10 Welcome and Review of Day One
Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D.
9:10-10:20 The Psychoeducation of Borderline Patients:
What Every Clinician, Patient, and Family Needs to Know- Part 1
Frances R. Frankenburg, M.D.
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-10:45 The Psychoeducation of Borderline Patients:
What Every Clinician, Patient, and Family Needs to Know- Part 2
Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D.
11:45-1:15 Lunch Break
1:15-2:25 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Adolescents
Alec L. Miller, Psy.D.
2:25-3:35 Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
John G. Gunderson, M.D.
3:35-3:50 Break
3:50-4:20 Panel Discussion
All speakers for the day


Anthony W. Bateman, M.D., FRCPsych
Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, St Ann’s Hospital, London and
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Free and University College Medical Schools

James A. Chu, M.D.
Chief of Hospital Clinical Services
McLean Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., DipPsych, FBA
Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis
University College, London
Chief Executive, Anna Freud Centre, London

Frances R. Frankenburg, M.D.
Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bedford, MA
A ssociate Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

John G. Gunderson, M.D.
Director, Center for Teatment and Research on Borderline Personality Disorder
McLean Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Alec L. Miller, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief, Child and Adolescenet Psychology
Director, Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program
Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Elizabeth T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Psychologist and Director, Outpatient DBT Program, McLean Hospital
Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
Medical Director, Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education
McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D.
Director, Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development
McLean Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Tuition Fee:

Doctoral Level Professionals: $295

Other Professionals and Trainees: $195

If paying by check, make it payable to McLean Hospital and mail with the completed registration form to McLean Hospital, Department of Continuing Education, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478-9106. If paying by credit card, fax the completed registration form to (617) 855-2349, or mail it to the above address. You may register on-line at A confirmation letter will be mailed to you upon receipt of registration.


Refunds (minus a $50 handling fee) are available for cancellations received my mail or fax up to one week prior to the course. There will be no refunds granted after October 22, 2004


This course will be held at
The Marriott Cambridge
Two Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Telephone: 617-494-6600


The Marriott Cambridge has a limited block of sleeping rooms available at a discounted price of $229 per night for single/double occupancy. These will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make your reservations early and mention that you are enrolled in this course in order to receive the discount. Please call 1-800-228-9290 for reservations.

McLean Hospital Contact Information

Telephone: (617) 855-3152


Online Information and Registration:


McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for Psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for the program. Psychologists meeting the requirements will receive 11.5 C.E. credits.

Nurses: This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 13.8 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. RN, CS’s please note: As of April 17, 2001, educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) will also count toward the nursing requirement of 50% of contact hours from an ANCC accredited or approved provider.

Social Workers: Borderline Personality Disorder: New Acceptance and Heightened Optimism has been approved in accordance with the Regulations of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00. NASW Authorization number is 5871-1 for 11.5 credits.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: McLean Hospital is accredited by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). The hospital’s provider number is 6085. This program meets criteria for 11.5 hours of continuing education credit.

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