Borderline Personality Disorder is a debilitating mental health disorder that displays severe disturbance of personality functioning. This disorder is characterised by affective disruption, identity problems, poor impulse control, self harm and persistent difficulties in interpersonal relationships. Causal factors are only partly known but like any other psychiatric disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder evolves from the interaction of genetic diathesis and environmental stressors. Genetic factors and adverse events during childhood such physical and sexual abuse have been said to contribute to the development of the disorder. This chronic and debilitating disorder is associated with high utilisation of mental and psychiatric services as such, it is the intention of this course to offer a solid foundation that can contribute to a deeper understanding and management of Borderline Personality Disorder.
The course will assist you in gaining an understanding of; the aetiology, the biological, social and psychological effects, and an outline of the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder including treatment options focusing on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.