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Virtual CE Event: Stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder


Hosted by Acadia Healthcare's Treatment Placement Specialists®, and Sierra Tucson

Date: Friday, September 30, 2022
10:00am-11:00am: Presentation including Q&A
11:00am-12:00pm: Closing Remarks
(1 CE Credit Offered)


Course Overview:

Join us for an interactive discussion led by Dr. James Seymour, MD, SEP, Trauma Psychiatrist at Sierra Tucson. The session will review the history of and the conceptualization of the concept of the Borderline Personality Disorder. We will discuss the limitations of categorical diagnoses of personality disorders, the problem of the "other", and how it can lead to stigmatization, shame, and unintentional mistreatment by mental health practitioners. We will briefly discuss the polyvagal theory to help us understand the neurobiology of the interpersonal difficulties that individuals with the so called "borderline" diagnosis have. We will describe a paradigm shift in viewing borderline issues and it's implication for clinical practice.

Please note: This event is for Clinicians and Providers only. Registration is required to attend.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe two aspects of the history of the concept of borderline personality disorder and how that relates to the development of stigma.
  2. Describe how our "tribal" brains contribute to stigma and often poor treatment of these patients.
  3. Describe two clinical implications of the polyvagal theory.
  4. Describe two less stigmatizing ways to approach these patients.

About Our Speaker:

Dr. James Seymour, MD, joined Sierra Tucson in 2010. Upon receiving his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completing his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia in 1987, Dr. Seymour trained for several years in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Dr. Seymour was an officer with the United States Public Health Service, where he served as mental health director of the Tucson Area Indian Health Service (IHS). For 10 years, he served as the assistant medical director of a residential behavioral health and substance abuse program focused on the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Seymour is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Additionally, he is a Somatic Experiencing® Therapy practitioner. Dr. Seymour’s areas of expertise include trauma recovery, addictions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and somatic mind-body therapies. Dr. Seymour believes strongly in the resilience of the human spirit and views the role of the psychiatrist as assisting the person in removing obstacles to the natural healing and recovery process.


RSVP Information:
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