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PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of our attendants, and in light of current events, this year's BPD Conference has been postponed until further notice

16th Annual Yale National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder Conference: BPD and the Search for Self: Exploring Issues of Diversity and Identity

Friday, May 1, 2020

Identity confusion is one of the many challenges experienced by those who live with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The search for a sense of self can be especially painful for those who experience systemic marginalization in addition to BPD. Using the lens of identity formation, this year’s conference will describe research and interventions for individuals who struggle with chronic and severe emotional dysfunction, as they relate to sources of identity, including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, and vocation.

The conference is aimed at mental health professionals, training clinicians, and researchers, as well as those with lived BPD experience and their family members. Our presenters include researchers, treatment developers, master clinicians, and individuals with lived experience of BPD. These presenters will make cutting edge research and practice accessible to both professional and lay audience members, and ample time will be provided for questions from the audience throughout the conference day.

Continuing Education Credits

Social Workers

Application pending for credits from the National Association of Social Workers – Connecticut


Application pending for credits from the American Psychological Association


Requests for continuing education credits and/or certificates of attendance must be indicated upon registration.

Conference organizers wish to thank this year's providers and sponsors.
Conference Directors are Seth R. Axelrod, PhD; Emily Cooney, PhD; and Marie-Paule de Valdivia, LCSW, MBA. Please follow this link for more information about this year's conference coordinators.
Links to recent Borderline Personality Disorder conferences including audio and video presentations.

Conference Details

16th Annual Yale National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder Conference: BPD and the Search for Self - Exploring Issues of Diversity and History

Friday, May 1, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Harkness Auditorium
Sterling Hall of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT

Featured presenters: Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD; Alex Keuroghlian, PhD; Nadine Larivière, OT (C), PhD; Lisa Bolden, PsyD; Daniel Gaztambide, PsyD

Co-provided by
National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
Yale Department of Psychiatry
Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital
Yale Instruction/Investigation/Intervention in Emotional Lability and Dysregulation (YIELD)

Sponsored by
Clearview Treatment Programs

Registration Fees

  • Professional Early Bird: $130.00 (by April 3)
  • Professional: $150.00
  • Family Member: $50.00
  • Consumer: $25.00
  • Trainee: $50.00 (Yale and Yale New Haven Hospital trainees please email

Questions about the conference?


Please click here to register.