Borderline Personality Disorder, The Chameleon of Psychopathology

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This presentation will review Developmental, Behavioral, Psychoanalytical and Neurobiological theories for the etiology and structure of person with BPD. Each segment of the presentation will provide theory with illustrations that are measurable as well as understanding the importance of individualized Person-Centered Treatment plans to successful treatment and reduce self-harm and harm to others behavior.


  • Discuss the shift of diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder in the DSM IV-TR AND DSM-V
  • Discuss the differential diagnosis and developmental issues of Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Apply the perspectives of Borderline Personality Disorder developmentally.
  • Describe the use of an integrated theory of Borderline Personality Disorder in treatment.
  • Recognize the “Spectrum “ of symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Identify the theories of Borderline Personality Disorder, according to Mahler, Kohut, Masterson, Messner, Adler, and Winnicott.
  • Explain the significance of “boundaries” and client safety in treatment for Borderline Personality Disorders.
  • Summarize the use of “client-resistance” and “manipulation” in treatment with Borderline Personality Disorders.
  • Recognize the effect of Developmental Trauma in Borderline Personality Disorders.
  • “self-assess” whether working with clients having Borderline Personality Disorders is an appropriate therapeutic “match” for you.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC

Course Features

  • Lectures 3
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1001
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes

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  • Course Evaluation 1

    • Lecture2.1
      Borderline Personality Disorder, The Chameleon of Psychopathology Course Evaluation
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    • Lecture3.1
      Borderline Personality Disorder, The Chameleon of Psychopathology
YVONNE JOHNSON- GILBERT, attained her BA in Clinical Psychology with a secondary in Special Education under a full academic scholarship and continued for her Graduate degree attaining her MSW from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY with a major in Clinical Social Work and Secondary Specialization in Psychopharmacology and Addiction. Ms. Gilbert’s internships included CPS/DSS, Probation and Parole and Inpatient Psychiatric/Medical. Having come from a Professional Fine Arts background, she emerged her analytic understanding of psychology with the concepts of Art and attained Certification as a Clinical Art Psychotherapist (RATR) from the Amer Artist Therapist Assoc. in NYC and has taught many courses over the years to Mental Health and Educational Professionals. While working in Mental Health she quickly became aware of the symbiotic relationship between mental disorders and substance misuse deciding to attain Certifications in Substance Abuse and now holds the CC-ATODSW, LCAS, CCS. Yvonne Gilbert’s Professional Career spans almost thirty years, having worked Mental Health, inpatient and outpatient covering New York at Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital, Florida at Charter Hospital and out-patient Center as well as teaching courses at Edison Community College and North Carolina with Blue Ridge Mental Health and North Carolina Dept. of Corrections. She is currently in Private Practice in Waynesville, working DWI Assessments and Treatment and Assessments & Addictive Behavioral Alternatives, PLLC. Because of her dedication and compassion for the field she has developed and published several articles and numerous professional training seminars for NASW, APNC, NAADAC, MAHEC among others on various topics and is currently writing a book on “Journey Into The Inner Psyche,” which is based upon her clinical work and case histories working with Clinical Art Psychotherapy. Yvonne Gilbert is not only a seasoned professional but also a mother to adult children, grandmother, and great-grandmother which has given her “human insight” having worked through many of the issues other families struggle with and seek help with. Yvonne Gilbert, loves gardening especially flowers and herbs, swimming, fishing, hiking, museums, art galleries, flea markets, photography, and painting, cooking, and entertaining friends.