Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), an oft-misunderstood condition, defined as “a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and marked impulsivity,” can affect family members just as much as diagnosed individuals. Relationships can suffer, and many times there seems to be no solutions or tools to deal with the effects of BPD.
But there are. On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, bestselling author and BPD expert Randi Kreger will teach essential skills to family members of people with Borderline Personality Disorder in an interactive workshop. The workshop, part of the Clearview Women’s Center Consumer Lecture Series, is a free event open to the public.
Kreger is best known for her book (with Paul Mason) Stop Walking on Eggshells, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in eight languages.
“BPD causes those who have it to see people and situations as all good or all bad, to have extreme blink-of-an-eye mood swings, and to fly into rages, be overly blaming, or even threaten suicide. This chaos leaves family members feeling helpless and hopeless, eternally frustrated and confused,” says Kreger.
“This fun and informative workshop aims to change all that. I will go over five groundbreaking steps, a clear-cut system of coping strategies, for family members to organize their thinking, minimize conflict, and stop walking on eggshells for good.”
Randi Kreger — Bestselling Author, BPD Expert
Randi Kreger has brought the concerns of people who have a family member with BPD and Narcissistic Personality Disorder to an international forefront through her best-selling books, website, and 20,000-member online family support community, Welcome to Oz. Kreger’s website, BPDCentral.com, is one of the longest-established, most popular, and largest sites about BPD.
After the workshop, Kreger will be signing copies of her books, all of which will be available for sale, including Stop Walking on Eggshells and her newest 2008 book The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder: New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells. A complete listing of Kreger’s books can be found here.
Through the interactive workshop, Kreger aims to educate, inform, and raise awareness about a disorder that is oftentimes undiagnosed and misunderstood.
Clearview Women’s Center — Dedicated to Treatment
Clearview Women’s Center, a premier treatment center for Borderline Personality Disorder, offers a free Consumer Lecture Series on topics related to BPD. Earlier this summer, the series launched with a seminar on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which has proved to be extremely effective in treating BPD.
Clearview wanted to go beyond the treatment it provides within its walls and begin to educate the general public about topics that many people don’t understand, or may have never heard of.
“Clearview’s mission is to not only treat clients and family members affected by Borderline Personality Disorder, but also to educate the public and create awareness about BPD,” says Michael Roy, LCSW, MSW, founder and executive director of Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders.
The October 3 event takes place at Deacon Compean Hall, 2475 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice Beach, CA, 90291. To RSVP for the free October 3 lecture, email Leslie Davis at [email protected] or call (310) 862-8980.
Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders offers residential, day treatment, and outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs. Its programs are designed to treat women who struggle with emotional dysregulation, relational conflicts, impulse control, and/or self-harmful behaviors.
For more information on Clearview Women’s Center, visit clearviewwomenscenter.com or call (800) 573-0770.