MAPP's 12th Annual Spring Meeting


April 27-28, 2018
Thursday, 5-8:00 p.m. / Friday, 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Program Agenda

5:00 pm       Registration & Reception

6:00 pm       
Buffet Dinner & Business Meeting

6:30 pm       
“Epidemiology, Natural Course, and Neurobiology of Borderline Personality Disorder”  - Daniel Price, MD
8:00 pm      Adjournment


Daniel Price, MD  is Director of Resident Training in Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center. 

The evening before the full-day program, Dr. Price will preview the current state of our knowledge concerning the neurobiology of borderline personality disorder (BPD).  He will present information to the audience that talks about BPD epidemiology and the natural history of BPD in various patients.

He compelted his Medical Education from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1999; and his Residency from Massachusetts General Hospital in 2003


John G. Gunderson, MD is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of McLean Hospital’s Borderline Center. His seminal studies on the diagnosis, families, psychodynamics, treatment, and pathogenesis of borderline personality disorder helped transform the diagnosis from a psychoanalytic construct into an empirically validated and internationally recognized disorder and earned him recognition as the “father” of this disorder.

Dr. Gunderson chaired the DSM IV work group on personality disorders, and has led major NIMH-funded studies on both the longitudinal stability and the family transmission of borderline personality disorder. In 2009, McLean Hospital honored his contributions by establishing a treatment center in Cambridge, Massachusetts called the Gunderson Residence. He currently is engaged in teaching an empirically validated therapy he developed called Good Psychiatric Management.  CLICK HERE for more information about Dr. Gunderson's research on BPD.

8.0 CME's are pending through the Maine Medical Education Trust

For more information contact:

Dianna Poulin, Executive Director, MAPP ( or 207-622-7743


Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Good Psychiatric Management

April 26-27, 2018

The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians invites you to participate in its 12th Annual Spring Program being held in Freeport at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 26th & 27th.  This is your opportunity to network with primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and licensed mental health counselors throughout the State of Maine. 

This program offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach General Psychiatric Management (GPM), which has been demonstrated to equal Dialectical Behavior Therapy's (DB1) effectiveness in treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (McMain et al., 2009). The course teaches psychiatrists and other primary care clinicians what they need to know to become competent providers who can derive satisfaction from treating these patients.

Management strategies such as involving practicality, good sense, and flexibility are emphasized. Listening, validation, judicious self-disclosures and admonishments create a positive relationship in which both a psychiatrist's concerns and limitations are explicit. Techniques and interventions that facilitate the patient's trust and willingness to become a proactive collaborator will be described. Guidelines for managing the common and usually most burdensome issues of managing suicidality and self-harm (e.g. intersession crises, threats as a call-for-help, excessive use of ER's or hospitals) will be reviewed. How and when psychiatrists can usefully integrate group, family, or other psychotherapies will be described.

The course utilizes large group discussion, video clips and clinical vignettes to promote interactive learning and a comprehensive understanding of the treatment.

At the conclusion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain/teach the diagnosis to patients and families and establish reasonable expectations for change (psychoeducation).
  2. Manage the problem of recurrent suicidality and self-harm while limiting personal burden and liability.
  3. Know when to prio1itize BPD's treatment and when to defer until a comorbid disorder is resolved.
  4. Encourage cost affective and optimistic case management
  5. Provide an evidence-based model for use of medications

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn at a special rate of $119.00.  This rate expires on Friday, April 6th!  To make your reservation please call the HGI at 207-865-1433.  Please be sure to mention MAPP when making your reservation.   



This program is made possible by a grant from Maine's Department of Health and Human Services.