Do I trust or not trust? Do I love or do I hate? Do I live or do I die?
The client with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is caught in an internal battle rooted in their childhood traumatic experiences. Rather than experiencing others as a haven of safety, traumatized individuals with BPD are driven by powerful wishes and fears of relationship. Attachment failure is inevitable in trauma - resulting in intense emotions and impulsive behaviours that leave destructive imprints on their relationships.
When we understand the relationship between BPD and Traumatic Attachment disorders, we can transform our treatment options, strengthen therapeutic relationships, and improve the lives of our clients!
Purchase this seminar and you will learn:
How BPD can be best understood – and treated - as a traumatic attachment disorder.
Why traumatic attachment impacts the ability of individuals to tolerate their emotions and those of others.
Techniques to help clients better manage their dysregulated emotional and autonomic states.
New approaches and interventions from:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Therapies
This seminar is for clinicians who want to open new ways of connecting and working with complex clients who struggle in managing their trauma and emotional responses.
Are you ready to reshape your BPD treatment strategies and improve your client outcomes? Are you ready for a less stressful approach to treating BPD?
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.
Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.
She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.
She is author of the bestselling Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017), and co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma.(2015).
Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
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Determine the effects of trauma-related attachment on affect regulation in relation to assessment and treatment planning
Distinguish symptoms characteristic of both borderline personality disorder and disorganized/unresolved attachment in clients
Analyze the effects of disorganized attachment on clients’ interpersonal relationships
Apply the Structural Dissociation model to the treatment of BPD
Employ right brain-to-right brain techniques to help clients tolerate and benefit from psychotherapy
Utilize body-centred and mindfulness-based interventions to help clients increase affect tolerance and decrease impulsive behaviour
The effects of trauma on attachment formation in children
When parents are ‘frightened and frightening’
Trauma-related internal conflicts between closeness and distance
Disorganized attachment status in adulthood
Understanding BPD as a trauma-related disorder
Differentiating personality disorder symptoms from trauma responses
Using psychoeducation to make sense of the symptoms
Risks and limitations
Re-interpreting BPD as ‘Traumatic Attachment Disorder’
How does it change the treatment?
Transforming the focus from behaviour change to trauma resolution
Understanding splitting as dissociative, not manipulative
Transference and countertransference implications
Stabilization of unsafe behaviour
“Waking up” the prefrontal cortex
Increasing client ability to be mindful rather than reactive
Re-interpreting impulsive behaviour as fight/flight responses
Helping clients dis-identify from suicidal beliefs and impulses
Addressing issues of clinging, separation anxiety and anger
Working from a trauma-based parts perspective
Facilitating internal attachment relationships
The use of mindfulness-based and body-centred interventions
Learning to observe rather than react
Using somatic interventions to calm the body and emotions
A “right brain to right brain” approach to healing attachment wounding
Facilitating internal compassion
Helping clients ‘repair’ the past rather than remember it
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.