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Healing Hearts of Families

The Council on Recovery and the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder are pleased to present the upcoming Healing Hearts of Families conference, Building a Life Worth Living. This is an excellent opportunity for families, clinicians and those in recovery to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behavior Therapy from Dr. Charlie Swenson, one of the great masters of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

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Excellent event for families, clinicians and those in recovery!

Come spend the day with Charlie Swenson, one of the great masters at understanding and teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Known to clinicians around the country as the trainer of trainers, his enthusiasm, humor, role plays and songs about DBT are not to be missed!

What you will learn:

How Acceptance, Change and Dialectics can be used in therapy or in every day life to solve difficult problems.
Practical ways to put DBT principles into action and apply them to the challenges of emotion dysregulation in parenting, family relationships and work with clients.

This year we are featuring a special lunchtime panel: Discussing The BPD Diagnosis.

Join our panel discussion as we address the diagnosis by sharing the experiences of a mental health professional giving the diagnosis, a person with BPD receiving the diagnosis, and a family member making sense of the diagnosis. Sure to be an engaging and insightful conversation. *Please note: This lunchtime panel discussion is part of the 6.5 CEU credits

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Breakfast and Lunch Included in Registration
$110 for Professionals (Including CEUs)
$55 for Non-Professionals
Walk-Ins $70 /$125

Breakfast Serviced at 8:00am
Conference Begins at 8:30am
Lunch at Noon
Lunch Panel* at 12:30pm
*Please note: This lunchtime panel discussion is part of the 6.5 CEU credits
Program Concludes at 5:00pm



Charlie Swenson, MD
– Dr. Swenson graduated from Harvard College, Yale Medical School, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Yale University. In 1988 he began to study, practice, and implement Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He established the first DBT program (outside of Seattle) on an inpatient unit at New York Hospital. He went on to practice, implement, teach, supervise, and write about DBT from 1989 to the present. After fourteen years at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, he moved to Massachusetts and became Medical Director of the Dept. of Mental Health in Western Massachusetts and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. From 1995 he developed and strengthened DBT programming for adults and adolescents throughout Western Massachusetts. At the same time, he provided training and consultation for DBT programs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2000 Dr. Swenson co-founded the International Society for Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT), which continues to thrive today.

Dr. Swenson has written numerous articles and book chapters on the treatment of borderline personality disorder and the applications of DBT in various settings. His book, DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics, will be published by Guilford Press in the summer of 2016.

Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D
. is the President and co-founder of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD) & Consultant in Psychology, McLean Hospital. She is the recipient of several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health with a focus on families who have a relative with borderline personality disorder. Dr. Hoffman is co-designer of the 12-week psycho-education course for families, Family ConnectionsTM, which is available in many locations in the US as well as 17 other countries. Under the auspices of NEA.BPD she has been the course director of more than 60 national and international conferences.

She is co-editor, with John G. Gunderson, MD, of Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Family Member; Borderline Personality Disorder: Meeting the Challenges to Successful Treatment.  In August 2016,  Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder. Dr. Hoffman, is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is the past director of several DBT treatment programs in the New York area and is in private practice in New York City and Westchester County, NY. NAMI has recognized the efforts of NEA.BPD by awarding Dr. Hoffman its 2011 Excellence in Community Mental Health Award.

Karyn Hall, PhD.
, Vice-President of the NEA.BPD Board of Directors, is the founder of the DBT Center in Houston, Texas. A DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Therapist, she is a DBT trainer and provides supervision to individuals who wish to learn DBT. She is also the creator of an online skills training program. In her practice she specializes in treatment resistant depression, borderline personality disorder, and trauma. She is certified as a prolonged exposure therapist and is trained in Solution Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

As part of her work with NEA BPD Dr. Hall focuses on early intervention and identification of BPD and creating an educational video series called Dealing With Emotions. She is a founder of Healing Hearts of Families, an annual conference held in Houston since 2012. The purpose of the conference is to give professionals and families an opportunity to share information.

Dr. Hall blogs for Psychology Today and PsychCentral and is the author of Mindfulness Exercises for DBT Therapists, SAVVY, and The Emotionally Sensitive Person and co-author of The Power of Validation. She has presented at national and international conferences. In her practice she specializes in treatment resistant depression, borderline personality disorder, and trauma. She is certified as a prolonged exposure therapist and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

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February 25
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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