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Online Training – Borderline Personality Disorder as a Traumatic Attachment Disorder

April 2 Join Zoom 12:30 pm; Training 12:45 pm-4:00 pm (ET) $109, 3 CEUs Presenter: Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Virtual Event,

Research over the last thirty years has demonstrated a clear relationship between experiencing abuse in childhood and a later diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. In this presentation, we will address how ‘borderline personality’ can be best understood as a trauma-related disorder. Exploring the effects of their traumatic attachment opens up new ways of working with clients who struggle to manage intense reactions and impulses.

Borderline clients are not at war with the therapist. They are caught in an internal battle: Do I trust or not trust? Do I live or do I die? Do I love or do I hate? Understanding these clients as traumatized and at war with themselves transforms the therapeutic relationship and the treatment.

Registration for this workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to:
  • Describe the effects of trauma-related attachment on affect regulation
  • Discriminate symptoms characteristic of both borderline personality disorder and disorganized/unresolved attachment
  • Identify the effects of disorganized attachment on interpersonal relationships
  • Employ right brain-to-right brain techniques to help their clients tolerate and benefit from psychotherapy
  • Apply mindfulness-based interventions to help clients increase affect tolerance and decrease impulsive behavior


12:45-1:15 PM

  • 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

1:15-1:45 PM

  • Understanding BPD as a trauma-related disorder
  • Differentiating personality disorder symptoms from trauma responses
  • Using psychoeducation to make sense of the symptoms

1:45-2:00 PM

  • Re-interpreting BPD as ‘Traumatic Attachment Disorder: how does it change the treatment?
  • Transforming the focus from behavior change to trauma resolution
  • Understanding splitting as dissociative, not manipulative Transference and countertransference implications

2:00-2:30 PM

  • Stabilization of unsafe behavior “Waking up” the prefrontal cortex Increasing client ability to be mindful rather than reactive
  • Re-interpreting impulsive behavior as fight/flight responses
  • Helping clients dis-identify from suicidal beliefs and impulses

2:30-2:40 PM   BREAK

2:40-3:00 PM

  • The use of mindfulness-based and body-centered interventions
  • Learning to observe rather than react
  • Using somatic interventions to calm the body and emotions

3:00-3:40 PM

  • A “right brain to right brain” approach to healing attachment wounding
  • Facilitating self-compassion
  • Helping clients ‘repair’ the past rather than remember it Creating internal secure attachment

3:40-4:00 PM

  • Questions and discussion
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