Upcoming events

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

    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.

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    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 Dr. Carla Sharp and Dr. Stephanie Stepp, two researchers 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 is a follow-up to a 2015 article that proposed treatment should integrate aspects of DBT and MBT.  DBT, which is behavior oriented, tends to be the treatment of choice in the US.  MBT, which is attachment and psychodynamic oriented and heavily influenced by the work of John Bowlby, has become the treatment of choice in the UK. This is the first conference to present these two evidence-based treatments side-by-side, 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 and information on commercial support for the program/instructor(s) and/or any other relationship that could be
    construed as a conflict of interest
    are here.


    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 has co-edited the seminal book on borderline personality disorder and treatment in youth. She has co-authored a number of publications on Mentalization with the founder of Mentalization Based Therapy, 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 for the 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.