Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder


Friday, September 18, 2015 – Sunday, September 20, 2015
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

Boston, Massachusetts



Attachment theory, which highlights early infant-caretaker interactions, has had a profound impact on the understanding of mental health and illness. There is abundant evidence that individuals who lack secure attachment are at higher risk of developing a mental disorder, and many hypothesize that this lack of secure attachment may, in fact, be the primary cause of a variety of disorders, especially personality disorders. Psychotherapy can employ attachment theories in the process of healing. The field of attachment theory has evolved from principles of psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, evolutionary biology, physiology, and neuroscience. Unfortunately, many clinicians fail to recognize attachment issues in practice and just assume the patient is “difficult” or “resistant.” Recent advances in both the neuroscientific and psychological understanding of attachment are transforming the ways to utilize attachment theory to more effectively help people.

McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School are delighted to offer this conference in order to bring you the latest information in the field and help you develop strategies that will lead to better ways to diagnose and treat your patients.

Two optional, half-day workshops focus on two evidence-based treatments: Mentalization Based Treatment and Good Psychiatric Management. These interactive workshops will be limited in size in order to allow for active participation between faculty and participants.

Offered By

Course Directors

gund-picture-3 John G. Gunderson, MD
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Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, PhD
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Lois W. Choi-Kain, MD, MEd
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Christopher M. Palmer, MD



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