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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic

CAMH's Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic offers group treatment providing training in Dialectical Behavior Treatment (DBT) to help people who have BPD make positive changes in their lives.

We continue to try and improve our access to BPD treatment services. Intake occurs on prescheduled days which we publicize on this site. Individuals are asked to check the website at the beginning of each month for any updates on the dates of our next intakes. We continue to try and  improve the  telephone system  and ask for your patience in trying to get through to us on an intake day. We know that it can be frustrating to try to reach us as we receive a high volume of calls.

The clinic is currently offering 24 week skills groups. This treatment is 24-week groups (two hours, once weekly) that provides training in Dialectical Behavior Treatment (DBT) to help people who have BPD make positive changes in their lives.  To be eligible for this treatment you must have a therapist in the community who you are seeing at a minimum every few weeks, who agrees to provide support to you during the group treatment.  Individuals first attend an assessment meeting to confirm the group treatment will be helpful for their individual needs. 

What is the DBT Skills Group?

The Skills Group is like taking a course in school. Every week you will start by reviewing homework from the last week, and then you will learn about new skills. Four main modules will be taught:

  • Mindfulness: how to focus your attention on the present moment
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to get what you want from people, in a way that makes them want to give it to you 
  • Distress Tolerance: how to survive crises and get through really painful moments, without making them worse 
  • Emotion Regulation: how to get more control over your emotions, and how to get more positive and less negative emotions in your life

Meanwhile, if you have other questions, please call the BPD Intake and Information line 416-535-8501 extension 32437 and press 5 to leave a message for the intake coordinator.

Psycho-Educational Support Group for Family and Friends of People with BPD

The group running April 11 to June 27, 2018 is now full. Please sign up for the next Family Connections group on June 4 2018.

This is a 12-week group based on the Family Connections treatment program. It is designed to help friends and loved ones of those with BPD develop a better understanding of the disorder and learn skills to respond effectively in difficult situations, improve their relationships and manage stress.

We will be running our next group in July 2018. To sign up for this group check back on June 4, 2018. Space is limited to 12 people per group.

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