Public Lecture: Update on Treatment: Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) and Medication for Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Public Lecture
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7:00 PM
Update on Treatment: Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) and Medication for Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Dr. Paul Links
Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

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Good Psychiatric Management of patients with BPD is a generalist approach to management devised to be an outpatient intervention for delivery by independent community mental health professionals. GPM consisted of psychotherapy management using dynamically informed psychotherapy based on John Gunderson’s formulation of interpersonal hypersensitivity; case management particularly focusing on the risk of suicide and symptom-targeted medication management. The evidence for GPM was originally derived from a large randomized controlled trial showing that the clinical efficacy of GPM equaled that of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Pharmacological management of borderline personality disorder is highly controversial, and some guidelines state that medications are not to be used to manage BPD. Yet prescribing medication occurs frequently in clinical practice. A clinical approach to psychopharmacological management is discussed that outlines potential benefits and harms of medication for patients with BPD.

The Lecturer

Dr. Links is Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University,Hamilton, Ontario. From 2012 until 2016, Dr. Links was the Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry,Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, Chief of Psychiatry, LondonHealth Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, Ontario. Prior to coming to Western University,Dr. Links held the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide Studies, University of Toronto for three terms.Dr. Links was the former President for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and formerPresident of the Association for Research on Personality Disorders. Dr. Links served as the Editor of the Journalof Personality Disorders from 2009-2011 and was on the Editorial Board of Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

He has published over 160 articles in scientific journals and four books. As an investigator he has received research grants from many agencies including Health and Welfare Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. In October 2009, Dr. Links was awarded the CASP Research Award for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide research in Canada. In May 2013, Dr. Links received the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorders.

This Public Lecture is free of charge and open to all.

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.