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Dealing with borderline. A psychoeducation course for clients with (characteristics of) borderline, as a client-centered treatment module

ARTICLEMaagdenberg, Theo, & Gaijmans, Anne - 48–1 (2010)

SUMMARY

From a client-centered perspective on borderline, we developed a psychoeducation course for clients. In this article, we discuss that perspective, as well as the content and philosophy behind the course. We do so by referring to Livesley’s personality model. More specifically, borderline can be understood as a reference disturbance. The course clarifies further how borderline can be understood, and offers reflection on the narrative aspect of self-description, or the ‘story about oneself’. Therapy can be seen as correcting that ‘story about oneself’ when it contains foreign, non-authentic elements. Goal of the course is to strengthen that realization within the client.

KEYWORDS

borderline, psychoeducation