Free Virtual Lecture June 17: Borderline Personality Disorder - A Model for Care

Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder | Le réseau d’Ottawa pour le trouble de personnalité limite

Free Public Lecture 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
7:00 PM

Borderline Personality Disorder – A Model for Care

Dr. Deanna Mercer, MD, FRCPC* and Dr. Heidi King, MD, FRCPC**


*Consultant Psychiatrist, DBT Program, CMHA-Ottawa; 
    Associate Staff, Dept. of Psychiatry, The Ottawa Hospital; 
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa
**Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa; 
    Consultant Psychiatrist, BPD Program, Outpatient Dept., Montfort Hospital; 
    Outpatient Psychiatrist, Mental Health Services Dept., Dept. of National Defence.


In this Public Lecture, Dr. Mercer and Dr. King will review highlights from “Good Psychiatric Management” (GPM), the model for care of clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) developed by Dr. John Gunderson and his colleagues over the past 35 years at McLean Hospital/ Harvard University.  GPM is a model of care for BPD that can be used in many different health care settings and, in a large study, performed as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).  GPM incorporates novel concepts on the genetics and prognosis of BPD, use of medications, and the role of families in the treatment of BPD, and is regarded by many as the first line for treatment of BPD.

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The Lecturers

Dr. Deanna Mercer graduated in 1987 and completed her family medicine residency and then psychiatry residency at McMaster University. She has worked in outpatient psychiatry in rural (Midland-Penetanguishene) and urban (Toronto- CAMH, Queen Street, Ottawa Hospital) centres. She developed an interest in working with people with BPD while working in Midland ON and completed training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy while working at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. For the past 18 years she has been splitting her time between the Ottawa Hospital where she is a staff psychiatrist in the out patient mental health crisis clinic and CMHA Ottawa where she is a consultant psychiatrist and is the team leader for DBT. She is active in psychotherapy training with the University Of Ottawa Department of psychiatry, teaching and supervising several different psychotherapy modalities and has a particular interest in supportive psychotherapy. She has delivered more than 200 presentations on borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, and supportive psychotherapy locally, provincially and nationally and internationally.

Dr. Heidi King graduated medical school from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2009 and subsequently moved to Ottawa to complete her psychiatric residency. While training, Dr. King was fortunate enough to be supervised by Dr. Deanna Mercer and it was there that she began to develop an interest in working with patients with borderline personality disorder. In 2014, Dr. King joined the Department of Psychiatry at the Ottawa Hospital. There she worked in several settings including inpatient psychiatry (Civic and Montfort sites), outpatient psychiatry (special interest in neurological disorders), shared care psychiatry, psychiatric emergency services and consult-liaison psychiatry. In 2015, Dr. King joined Dr. Mercer in Boston for Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) training by Dr. John Gunderson and she has never looked back! In 2019, Dr. King began consulting for the military as part of the Operational Trauma and Stress Support Centre. There she provides outpatient assessment and follow-up to active military members with mental health issues. This January, she moved on from the Ottawa Hospital in order to take a position as the Lead Psychiatrist for the Montfort’s Borderline Personality Disorder Program. Aside from clinical work, Dr. King has a passion for educating patients, families, psychiatry residents, medical students and other clinicians about the treatment of borderline personality disorder.

The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder, a registered charity for family members and caregivers, acknowledges with gratitude the support of the Ottawa Community Foundation and the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund in making this Public Lecture possible.