Integrative Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder:

Effective, Symptom-Focused Techniques, Simplified For Private Practice
John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP

This course meets the qualifications for
hours of continuing education units

Challenging cases! The book presents practical and applied strategies for treating severe personality disorders. Rapid assessment of ego functions, common factors that lead to affective dyscontrol, stabilizing neurobiology, effective limit setting, techniques for achieving emotional control and more effective coping, management of suicidal and self-mutilation behavior. Primary intervention approaches include dialectical behavior therapy, some psychodynamic principles, psychopharmacology, and lifestyle management.

If you're a therapist in private practice, the odds are that, at some point, you'll encounter a client with borderline personality disorder (BPD). You already know how challenging it is to help people with BPD, especially within the limited scope of treatment allowed by managed care programs. But you want to help. And the severity of BPD, in particular the tendency of people with BPD to engage in suicidal and self-destructive behaviors, makes it critical that you have every chance for conducting a successful intervention-no matter what resources are available to you.

By blending the most effective treatment techniques available for BPD into a clear and systematic protocol, this book shows you how to maximize your chances for helping your client achieve lasting change in the course of brief therapy. Skills for regulation of out-of-control emotions, including some from the much acclaimed dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), make up the core of the program. The book also benefits from the psychopharmacological expertise of its author, John Preston, whose Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists is the essential resource for therapists about psychoactive medication.

"… practical, wise, and immediately helpful advice that will improve your next session."
-Allen Frances, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center

Learning Objectives:
1. To refine diagnostic skills for rapid assessment.
2. To learn effective, empirically validated strategies for the treatment of BPD.
3. To understand the role of adjunctive treatments (e.g. pharmacology).

This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education units

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Paperback: 177 pages
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (April 3, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 1572244461
List Price: $24.95 Amazon Price: $15.72

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This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.

Cost of the 7 units is $77. Text extra.

John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP is a Professor with Alliant International University (California School of Professional Psychology), Sacramento. He has also taught with UC Davis, School of Medicine. He is the author of eighteen books on various topics including depression, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, borderline disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His book, Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists was the year’s number one bestseller with the Behavior Sciences Book Club. He is the author of “Drugs in Psychiatry” chapter in the Encyclopedia Americana. Dr. Preston is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health community and the California Psychological Association’s “Distinguished Contributions to Psychology” award. He has lectured in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Russia.

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