Borderline Personality Disorder

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Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, interviews three experts who discuss various aspects of diagnosing and treating borderline personality disorder.

Sandy Hotchkiss, MSW, BCD, outlines three different levels of borderline personalities and discusses how each type can or cannot be successfully treated using brief therapy. Charles McCormack, MSW, describes the challenge of treating couples in borderline marriages. Charles Swenson, MD, provides an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a comprehensive, cognitive-behavioral treatment for individuals meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder.

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.

You can read the text of these interviews and/or access the audio to the interviews via your computer's MP3 player.


  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Brief Treatment with Borderline Patients
  • Part 2: Borderline Marriages
  • Part 3: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Part 4: Audio Version of Interviews
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Author Bio

Subject Matter Experts:

Sandy Hotchkiss, MSW, BCD, is a licensed clinical social worker and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work in private practice in Pasadena, California. She received her masters degree from the University of Southern California. Her work with character-disordered patients is informed by postgraduate studies in self-psychology and supervision of and in the Masterson approach. This discussion is based on a paper presented at the 20th anniversary clinical conference of the Clinical Social Work Federation.

Charles McCormack, MSW, BCD, author of Treating Borderline States in Marriage: Dealing with Ruthless Aggression, Severe Resistance and Oppositionalism, is on the teaching and supervisory faculty of Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore and is a guest faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry's Psychoanalytic Object Relations Family and Couples Therapy Training Program. He has presented numerous papers and workshops in the United States and Canada on the treatment of "difficult to treat" individuals, couples, and families. In 1994, Mr. McCormack was named Clinician of the Year by the Maryland Society of Clinical Social Workers. He currently supervises and maintains a private practice in Baltimore.

Charles Swenson, MD, is associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and medical director for the Department of Mental Health in Western Massachusetts. While at the New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center in White Plains, New York, he directed a psychoanalytically oriented inpatient program for borderline patients. He later developed the first DBT multi-program on the East Coast for borderline personality disorder. Dr. Swenson was twice named "Teacher of the Year" by psychiatry residents at Cornell. He publishes and lectures extensively on treatment approaches for borderline patients and consults widely to systems and providers in implementing and applying DBT.


Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. After working for 13 years in child psychiatric settings and 30 years in private practice, she is now founder and president of On Good Authority, and an expert interviewer.

CE Approvals

At Health is an APA-Approved Sponsor At Health, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health, LLC maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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At Health, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education through the co-sponsorship of At Health, LLC, and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019.

At Health is an Approved Sponsor of the California Board of NursingAt Health, LLC is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 17059. California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, LLC, to fulfill their CE requirements.

At Health is an Approved Sponsor of the Texas State Board of ExaminersAt Health, LLC is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, provider #7566.

At Health, LLC is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

At Health, LLC is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, provider # 3303.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

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These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

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The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health, LLC at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Explain the etiology and treatment of borderline personality disorder;
  • Distinguish three levels of borderline personality;
  • Discuss the relationship between a borderline couple and the therapist; and
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

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