Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Activity description

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotions, as well as by impulsivity across a wide range of situations. BPD is often underrecognized and underdiagnosed. This activity will provide an update for clinicians on issues related to the prevalence, diagnosis, recognition, documentation, course, and treatment of BPD. A discussion on the frequency of underdiagnosis BPD in clinical settings, clinically useful approaches to improve detection, how to educate patients surrounding the treatment approaches such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and the impact it has on patients when diagnosed with BPD will also be highlighted.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers and other HCPs who have an interest in learning about BPD.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the frequency of BPD in the clinical settings and how often it is underrecognized and underdiagnosed.
  • Identify screening tools to improve the recognition of BPD.
  • Discuss studies on the longitudinal course of BPD and the treatments that have empirical support.
  • Recognize how patients are impacted when given the diagnosis of BPD.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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Mark Zimmerman, MD
Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
South County Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Brown University Medical School
Providence, Rhode Island

About the presenter
Mark Zimmerman, MD is board certified in psychiatry and is professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is chief of psychiatry at South County Psychiatry and principal investigator of the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project. The goal of the MIDAS project has been to integrate research methodology into routine clinical practice in order to improve clinical practice. Dr. Zimmerman received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed his postgraduate training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and held an academic appointment as assistant professor at the same time he was a resident in psychiatry. Dr. Zimmerman is the author of more than 450 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the editorial board of 10 journals. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders, and he was the section editor for the DSM-5-TR personality disorders chapter. Dr. Zimmerman has developed several measures of psychiatric disorders for use in clinical practice. He is the author of the widely utilized Interview Guide to Diagnose DSM-5 Psychiatric Disorders and the Mental Status Examination which was recently revised for DSM-5-TR.

Activity planners
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Janine Laskowski Gallinar, LCSW
Training Facilitation & Delivery Manager

Regina Owens
Director, Operations Learning & Development

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Dr. Zimmerman disclosed he has stocks or other ownership interests with Psych Products Press.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. 

The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.


Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and AbleTo. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
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Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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