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F23-210 Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Gray Spectrum

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  700 Professional Growth & Development |  800 Online
Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



This workshop will build on foundational knowledge and incorporate clinical considerations and specific interventions for treating someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD). A diagnosis of BPD is one of the most complex and clinically challenging ones within the realm of personality disorders and mental health as a whole. This workshop will explore the link between trauma and psychosocial factors within individuals diagnosed with BPD. Some of the key issues discussed will include: setting boundaries, splitting, pharmacology, and various treatment options. Participants will be able to identify the best treatment modalities for treating someone with BPD. This is an interactive workshop with ample opportunity for learning through the use of case conceptualization and small group activities and discussions.  


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Cruz and Associates

Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups.   


Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations.   


Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:  

  • In 2016, Ms. Cruz joined the University of Maryland (Shady Grove) School of Social Work teaching Advanced Trauma.  

  • In 2015, Ms. Cruz joined the Catholic University of America School of Social Work teaching Advanced Ethics.  

Agenda & Learning Objectives


08:45 – 09:00 Log On/Registration  

09:00 - 10:30 Learning Objectives, Defining Borderline Personality Disorder   


10:30 - 10:45 Break 


10:45 – 12:30 Power Point Presentation (Childhood Trauma &  Case Examples)  


12:30 - 01:30 Lunch 


01:30– 02:45 Power Point: Mental Health/Substance & Use Case Example 


02:45 - 03:00 Break 


03:00 – 04:00 Power Point: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations  

04:00 – 04:30 Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what borderline personality disorder is and articulate the importance and need for competency in the assessment process.  

  • Appraise the connection between trauma and social stressors, as it relates to treating an understanding someone with BPD.  

  • Participants will be able to articulate essential clinical skills needed to work with someone who has borderline personality disorder.  

  • Summarize & integrate participant’s knowledge of various treatment techniques and modalities that are effective in working with someone with BPD.  

Bibliography & References



Boland, R. Verduin, M., & Ruiz, P. (2021).  Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry. Twelfth Edition, LWW 


Briere, J. and Scott, C.  (2014). Principles of trauma therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluation, and treatment.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Pubs. 


C. Herpertz S, Schneider I, Renneberg B, Schneider A. Patients With Personality Disorders in Everyday Clinical Practice: Implications of the ICD-11. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2022 Jan;119(1-2):1–7. doi: 10.3238/arztebl.m2022.0001. Epub 2022 Jan 10. PMCID: PMC9002298. 


Erozkan, A. (2016). The Link between Types of Attachment and Childhood Trauma. Universal Journal of Education Research 4(5): 1071-1079. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040517 


Leichsenring, F. et al. (2023) Borderline Personality Disorder: A Review. JAMA. 2023;329(8):670-679. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.0589 


Ringel, S. & Brandell, J. (2019). Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Trauma Theory, Research, and Practice, Second Edition, Columbia University Press  


Sauer-Zavala, S., Southward, M. W., Hood, C. O., Elhusseini, S., Fruhbauerova, M., Stumpp, N. E., & Semcho, S. A. (2022, January 27). Conceptual Development and Case Data for a Modular, Personality-Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Advance online publication. 


Schupp, L. (2015).  Accessing and Treating Trauma and PTSD, Second Edition, PESI Publishing & Media  


Shubina, I. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral therapy of patients with ptsd: literature review. Procedia- Social and Behavioral Sciences 165:208-216  


Van Der Kolk, B. (2015). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. Penguin Books 


Vloet, T. & Vloet, A., Burger, A. & Romanos, M. (2017). Post-Traumatic Growth in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment. 06. 10.4172/2324-8947.1000178. 


Walsh, J. (2015). Theories for Direct Social Work Practice, 3rd Edition, Centage Learning.  


Watkins, L,. Sprang, K. R. & Rothbaum, B.O. (2018). Treating PTSD: A Review of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Interventions. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Volume 12, Article 258  


Wu T, Hu J, Davydow D, Huang H, Spottswood M, Huang H. Demystifying borderline personality disorder in primary care. Front Med (Lausanne). 2022 Nov 3;9:1024022. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.1024022. PMID: 36405597; PMCID: PMC9668888. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {6} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after 11/24/2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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