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15th Annual Yale National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder Conference: Overcoming the Impact of Trauma

Friday, May 3, 2019

This year’s conference will address research, treatment, and support options for individuals who struggle with problems associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families. Our presenters include researchers, treatment developers, master clinicians, and individuals with lived experience. Our hope is that this conference will contribute to better understanding, support, and assistance for trauma survivors suffering from emotional dysregulation, and decrease stigma for them and their families.

Our conference is aimed at mental health professionals, training clinicians and researchers, as well as those with lived BPD experience and their family members. Presentations are designed to make cutting edge research and practice accessible to both professionals and lay audience members, and ample time is provided for questions from the audience throughout the conference day.

Continuing Education Credits

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 5.75 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.


This conference will provide 5.25 hours of educational programming and will offer 5.25 CE credits. Please see details here.


A certificate of attendance for this program is provided.


By completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Ideation-to-Action Framework and Three-Step Theory of Suicide and discuss how it can be applied to Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Identify ways to include cultural considerations in the treatment of PTSD in people of color.
  • Discuss the relationship between emotion regulation and post-traumatic stress, and the implications of this for people with BPD who have been exposed to trauma.
  • Describe the rationale, basic structure, and procedures for integrating PTSD treatment into Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Review research findings evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the DBT-PE protocol.
  • Describe support options for family members of those who struggle with emotional dysregulation.
Conference organizers wish to thank this year's providers and sponsors.
Conference Directors are Seth R. Axelrod, PhD; Emily Cooney, PhD; Suzanne Decker, PhD; Marie-Paule de Valdivia, LCSW, MBA; and Perry D. Hoffman, PhD. 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

15th Annual Yale National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder Conference: Overcoming the Impact of Trauma

Friday, May 3, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

Featured presenters: Melanie Harned, PhD; ABPP; David Klonsky, PhD; Daniel Lee, PhD; and Monnica Williams, PhD, ABPP

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
McLean Hospital

Registration Fees

  • Professional Early Bird: $130.00 (by April 5)
  • Professional: $150.00
  • Family Member: $50.00
  • Consumer: $25.00
  • Trainee: $50.00 (Yale and Yale New Haven Hospital trainees please email

Group discounts of 15% are available for Professional groups of 5 or more. Group members must register together with a single check or credit card payment (see instructions on registration website).

Questions about the conference?


Please click here to register.

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Annual Yale NEA Borderline Personality Disorder Conference