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Mothers with Borderline Personality Disorder: Opportunities for Assessment and Intervention

Broadcast Date: December 19, 2013
Course Code: A087


Stephanie Stepp, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Maureen Zalewski, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


Program Description:

Treating mothers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) presents unique challenges to mental health providers.  It can be unclear whether it is clinically indicated to assess or intervene around the role of parenting when treating a mother with BPD.  There is currently no gold standard by which to assess how mothers with BPD handle the role of parenting, how parenting stress may contribute to their current symptoms, or when/how it is necessary to provide skills training around the role of parenting.  This program reviews the challenges associated with being a mother with BPD and also reviews the effect maternal BPD has on children.  In addition, this program offers guidelines for how providers can assess and potentially intervene around the role of parenting.  Several novel skills will be presented, which are rooted in acceptance and change strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Specifically, acceptance skills can help mothers with BPD recognize how their parenting is being affected by mental illness.  Change skills aim to reduce emotionally dysregulated parenting.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe unique challenges associated with being a mother with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
  • Examine assessment techniques for determining if a mother's BPD diagnosis is negatively impacting her parenting.
  • Identify specific DBT parenting skills to teach to mothers with BPD.

Target Audience:

This is an introductory program for all clinical and research professionals, students, and trainees, as well as interested family members and consumers

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0

CADC 2.0


CPRP 2.0


NCC 2.0


PCHA 2.0

Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  CPRP, NCC, PCHA, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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