Treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD): a common factors approach

Join Dr Lois Choi-Khan in this online webinar to learn from, and ask questions of an expert from the USA in the field of treating people with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

With the advent of evidence based treatments for borderline personality disorder, we now know "what works."  However, what does not work is that the demand for effective treatments is high and the supply, is inadequate to meet this need due to the time and training intensive nature of these specialized psychotherapeutic treatments.  What we need to know now is what works about these effective treatments, to understand their common factors, so that all clinicians can recognize and care for patients with BPD using a common factors generalist approach.  

This presentation will review the major evidence based psychotherapies for BPD, distill their common factors, and present the generalist Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) approach as one way to meet broader needs of the high prevalence of patients with BPD seeking care.  In addition, models of stepped care, allocation generalist common factors approaches to all, and then intensifying care for those who do not respond adequately will be described. Lastly, directions for the future, to improve and broaden accessibility of what works in the treatment of BPD, with greater attention to early intervention and psychosocial functioning will be discussed.


This workshop is ideally suited to clinicians from a range of mental health and allied health sectors who want to broaden their understanding of  BPD and to be able to offer appropriate supports.


Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD
Director, Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute, McLean Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, is the director of the Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute at McLean Hospital, now the Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute. In 2009, she developed the Gunderson Residence, an intensive, specialized residential program for adult women with severe personality disorders which     uniquely integrates multiple evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in a rigorous and scientifically informed way. Dr. Choi-Kain also founded the BPD Training Institute in 2013, a major center for proliferating evidence-based treatments for severe personality disorders, including Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD), and General Psychiatric Management (GPM).

In addition, as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Choi-Kain actively conducts research and publishes original studies, reviews, and clinical perspectives on BPD and its evidence-based treatments. Her research focuses on personality disorders, attachment, psychotherapy, and accessibility and implementation of care.

Session details

On Friday 2 October 2020 at 9:30am to 11:00am
This event will be held online in partnership with Prevention United. Prevention United will email your unique details on how to join the webinar 24hours prior. For those unable to attend on the day the session will be recorded and the link emailed to all registrants ASAP after the session.  

COST:$25 or $30 - a small number of subsidised tickets will be available for peer advocates and workers (those with BPD and carers/family).  Please email with your request. 

Australian BPD Foundation in partnership with Prevention United as part of the National BPD Conference and BPD Awareness Week 2020