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  • September 13, 2018
  • September 14, 2018
  • Best Western Lodge at River's Edge, Orofino, ID


All conference materials included in price of registration; handouts will be electronic.
Evidence-Based Treatments for

Borderline Personality Disorder & Self Injury
from Childhood through Adulthood:
Assimilating Dialectical Behavior Therapy &
Mentalization-Based Treatment Models

 A conference for physicians, NPs, PAs, RNs, psychologists, social workers and 
other professionals who treat patients with Severe Emotional Dysregulation.


Presented by the following partners:


Borderline Personality disorder with suicidal and self-harming behavior masquerades as a number of severe psychiatric conditions. The incidence of borderline personality disorder is estimated to be 6% and 20% in outpatient and inpatient populations, respectively. There are just a few evidence-based treatments that have proven effective. Early childhood precursor symptoms have been established but frequently overlooked due to failure to recognize personality disorder characteristics in young children and adolescents.    
This conference brings together, two researchers (Dr. Sharp and Dr. Stepp) who have pioneered the understanding of the developmental manifestations of borderline personality disorder and evidence-based interventions of treatment. Quite literally these two research pioneers have written the book on the developmental presentation of borderline personality disorder.               

This year’s conference integrates what two psychiatrists one from Harvard and the other from the Massachusetts General Hospital have recommended in a 2015 article. It is proposed that treatment should integrate aspects of DBT and MBT. DBT tends to be the treatment of choice in the US which is behaviorally oriented and MBT has become the treatment of choice in the UK which is an attachment and psychodynamic oriented heavily influenced by the work of John Bowlby. This is the first conference to present side-by-side these two evidence-based treatments as recommended in the British Journal of Psychology (2017) which found that combining both treatments increases effectiveness and treatment outcome.  

The conference will illuminate the early manifestations of borderline personality disorder, will integrate DBT and MBT treatment approaches, address the mysteries of disassociation, paranoia and psychotic features, and provide a live demonstration of each treatment approach.               

In order for the participants to learn and develop the integration of DBT and MBT the presenters throughout the conference will be presenting as a tandem.


Thursday, September 13 - 7.0 CE Hours

  The DBT and MBT Models


   Borderline Personality Disorder in Youth
   The validity of Borderline Personality construct in young people (Dr. Sharp).
   The risk factors/antecedents for Borderline Personality Disorder (Dr. Stepp)

10:00AM    15-minute break

   Developmental Models
  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Dr. Stepp)
   Mentalization Based Therapy (Dr. Sharp)

12:00PM    Lunch on own (1 hour)

  Understanding the Most Puzzling of the Symptoms of Borderline Personality
– Drs. Sharp and Stepp
  Severe reactivity to abandonment, the basis for an unstable sense of self, 
  transient paranoid or severe dissociative and/or psychotic symptoms.

 1:30PM   Core Components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Stephanie Stepp, PhD
  15-minute break
  Core Components of Mentalization-Based Therapy – Carla Sharp, PhD

Friday, September 14 - 7.0 CE Hours

     Application and Integration of DBT and MBT

 8:00AM    Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Intervention – Dr. Stepp
10:00AM    15-minute break
10:15AM    Mentalization Based Treatment: Intervention - Dr. Sharp
12:00PM    Lunch on own (1 hour)
 1:00PM    Live Demonstration of DBT & MBT - Drs. Sharp and Stepp
 3:00PM    15-minute break

   Interactive Discussion of Differences, Overlap & Possible Integration
   of Observed DBT & MBT   Techniques
– Drs. Sharp and Stepp


Agenda subject to change. Educational activities are in bold.

Learning objectives, speaker bios, information on commercial support for the program/instructor(s) and/or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest are at: idahopsych.org/NorthwestConference


Dr. Carla Sharp
, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, is a Professor and the Director of clinical training and the Director of the Developmental Psychopathology lab at the University of Houston. She written and edited the seminal book on Borderline Personality Disorder and treatment in Youth. She has co-authored a number of publications on Mentalization with the cofounder, Dr. Fonagy of the UK.

Dr. Stephanie Stepp
is an associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburg. In addition, she serves as the Vice President, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Her research interests are in risk factors for the development of borderline personality disorder in children and adolescents and implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Stepp has a number of publications demonstrating the efficacious treatment of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.


Psychologists: A maximum of fourteen (14) continuing education credits will be available to psychologists for full attendance of both days of this intermediate-level conference through the Idaho Psychological Association (IPA). Seven (7.0) continuing education credits will be available for full attendance on each day. IPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPA maintains responsibility for the program.

Other professionals: This conference provides a total of fourteen (14) contact hours. Attendance certificates will be provided. Contact your own board or accrediting organization for specific requirements.

Important: Daily credits will be provided only to individuals who attend all sessions in their entirety. Those arriving after the scheduled start time or leaving before it is complete will not receive credits for that day.