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Wed, Sep 27



General Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder

This 8-hour course for health care professionals offers training in General Psychiatric Management (GPM), an empirically validated treatment. The course utilizes group discussion, video clips, and clinical vignettes to promote interactive learning and a comprehensive understanding of the treatment.

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General Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder
General Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder

Time & Location

Sep 27, 2023, 5:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT



Carl Fleisher, M.D.

Dr. Carl Fleisher is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He attended Haverford College and then Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the UCLA Semel Institute. After fellowship, he joined the faculty of McLean Hospital, working in the MBT clinic with the staff of the Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute. He returned to Los Angeles in 2016, spending six years as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA healthcare system. Starting in 2023, he became the Medical Director of the Los Angeles office of the Boston Child Study Center, a multi-state group specializing in tailored, evidence-based outpatient treatment for children and families struggling with personality disorders, trauma and other forms of emotion dysregulation.

Dr. Fleisher's clinical and academic focus is on personality disorders, the effectiveness of psychotherapy and measurement-based care. He is certified both as a supervisor for Mentalizing-Based Therapy (MBT) for adolescents and as a trainer for General Psychiatric Management of BPD. He serves as a member of the Psychotherapy committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Locally, he is on the faculty of the Los Angeles-based Mentalizing Initiative, a non-profit that sponsors training and workshops for MBT. He has contributed to five books about BPD, spanning different treatment modalities and patient populations.

Ana Eriksen, M.D.

Dr. Ana Eriksen is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and then graduated from The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She completed residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, afterwards returning to the University of Miami to complete fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has worked in private practice in the Miami area for over 25 years.

Dr. Eriksen's primary area of clinical interest is personality disorders, including early detection in youth. She has trained in three distinct approaches to treating personality disorders:  General Psychiatric Management, Mentalization-Based Treatment and Transference Focused Psychotherapy. She is a Voluntary/Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she supervises and teaches residents. 

About the workshop

This 8-hour workshop for health care professionals offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach to borderline personality disorder (BPD) known as good, or general, psychiatric management (GPM).

This generalist approach to managing this prevalent, disabling, and sometimes fatal but treatable diagnosis is good enough for most clinicians and most patients, and provides mental health professionals with guidelines they need to become skilled providers who can derive satisfaction from treating patients with BPD. The course utilizes group discussion, video clips, and clinical vignettes to promote interactive learning and a comprehensive understanding of the treatment.

  • Management strategies using practicality, good sense, and flexibility are emphasized.
  • Listening, validation, judicious self-disclosures, and advisement to build a life rather than focus on being a patient create a positive relationship in which both the concerns and limitations of a mental health professional are explicit.
  • Techniques and interventions that facilitate the patient’s trust and willingness to become a proactive collaborator will be described.
  • Guidelines for managing the common and usually most burdensome issues of managing suicidality and self-harm (e.g. intersession crises, threats as a call-for-help, excessive use of ER’s or hospitals) will be reviewed.
  • Principles for the management of coexisting disorders and medications from an evidence-based point of view are presented pragmatically. How and when psychiatrists can usefully integrate group, family, or other psychotherapies will be described.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the diagnosis to patients and families and establish reasonable expectations for change (psychoeducation).
  • Manage the problem of recurrent suicidality and self-harm while limiting personal burden and liability.
  • Expedite alliance-building via use of medications and homework.
  • Identify when to prioritize BPD's treatment and when to defer until a comorbid disorder is resolved.


Following the workshop, participants will be invited to sign up for a 16-session, bi-weekly virtual supervision group led by the speakers. The supervision group will be limited to no more than eight (8) people.

Dates:  Friday, October 6th, 2023 - Friday, April 19th, 2024

Time:  9 am Pacific Standard Time / 12 pm Eastern Standard Time

Duration:  60 minutes

Cost:  $500


  • 40 minutes

    1 - Introductions and Background

  • 20 minutes

    2 - Interpersonal Hypersensitivity

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