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       The TARA Method honors your motivation and intelligence by providing you with tools and techniques for decreasing emotional episodes that may end in crisis . TARA's classes are  intensive learning experiences, not support groups. The TARA Method, a family lifesaver, will guide you to repairing estranged relationships, improving communication and encouraging your loved one to participate in evidence based BPD therapy. BPD is a 24 hour disorder that is triggered by events in the environment.  Learn how to avert catastrophes before they happen. 

         You have probably sought professional help, may have received inappropriate and harmful advice, or may have done the wrong thing for the right reasons. Unfortunately, therapy alone will not solve the problem. Research  shows  that informed families can become treatment adjuncts. TARA can teach you how to be a therapeutic parent, partner or loved one. 

into the light
      Learn Advocacy Issues re BPD 

Learn BPD Neurobiology
NYC 8 Week Workshop  November 11,  2014

family puzzle
Help is on the way
 BPD Family Survival Skills Workshop
Learn the TARA Method over 8 weeks in NYC
Tuesday Evenings           Starting June 10, 2014
 Communicating and Coping Effectively
How to provide ongoing help How to recognize, avoid & prevent triggering  
escalations. How to decrease stressful interaction How to reinforce effective behaviors. How to repair estranged relationships. How to motivate
 participation in evidence based treatment. Become part of the solution, not part of the problem.   Become a therapeutic parent or partner  
A PARENT: It is heart warming and encouraging to know there are others in the trenches. The pain and courage in that room gave me strength andHELP IS ON THE WAY understanding and a new outlook on the future....... I now feel more capable of meeting the challenge. You all come from the heart, long buffeted by BPD hurricanes. It's up to me now. I must learn a new language
 Individual         TARA member  $ 375    Non Tara Member    $425
Couple             TARA Member   $ 725    Non TARA Member  $795
                                 Next series begins November 11, 2014 
 call 212-966-6514 or email tara4bpd@gmail.com
NYC FAMILY Weekend Workshop    
November 14-16, 2014 

New York City
July 11-13, 2014
Aug. 15-17, 2014
Sept 12-14, 2014
NYC Weekend BPD Survival Skills 
Learn the TARA Method at a Weekend Retreat 
Nov 14 7-9:30 PM
Nov 15, 16, 2014 Saturday and Sunday 8:30 to 5:00 PM
"The lessons, memories, feelings, skills and hopes from this recent weekend are with me, I feel so much comfort and reduced isolation. When I hit a setback or snag, I visualize all of us sitting together in the circle,feel your support and that you are all rooting for me, for my  for all of us."
 Communicating and Coping Effectively How to provide ongoing help How to recognize, avoid & prevent triggering escalations. How to decrease stressful interaction How to reinforce effective behaviors. How to repair estranged relationships. How to motivateparticipation in evidence based treatment. How to become part of the solution, not part of the problem.   How to become a therapeutic parent or partner
                                    Individual $390   Couple  $775  
                              To learn more about the weekend, click here
To register  call 212-966-6514 or Email tara4bpd@gmail.com
LIVING with BPD:   Psychoeducation & Support
Thursdays  November 13, December 4, 18, 2014
and January 8, 2015
NYC BPD Psychoeducation Workshops
for people who think they may have BPD
Alternate Thursday Evenings
Nov. 13, Dec. 4, 18, 2014, Jan, 8, 2015
 A new program at TARA offering people with BPD the opportunity to understand the 
underlying neurobiology of BPD, the goals of various evidence based BPD  treatments, and to share their experiences in a safe and accepting place.. 
Neurobiological Underpinnings of BPD
MentalizationA new treatment for BPD that focuses on interpersonal relationships. 
Emotional Recognition: Facial recognition from the  Paul Ekman series of METT training.
                                     Single meeting  $20  or $25 for those working
                                     Series of any 4     $ 80 (non working participants)
                                                                   $100 ( working participants)



Registration:  TARA Members $45,   Couples $85.00

  Non Members   $50     Couples $90.00

  People with BPD $25.00


Have you experienced being 

   Please help TARA  
document your experience in finding help for BPD 
by taking this important survey. 
 About the Survey:
This TARA survey aims to collect data on and quantify your experiences in searching for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of your problems. It is only with dataquanitfying your experiences that we can advocate effectively to demand action to improve diagnosis and availability of evidence-based treatment. TARA developed this survey in response to observations garnered from our helpline and family classes indicating that appropriate diagnosis and treatment is a major stumbling block towards getting help. 
We at TARA appreciate your helping us to help you by taking the time to answer the questions in this survey. This is an anonymous survey that you can do from your own computer. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on the number of experiences you have had with the system. 
If you have had the experience of being misdiagnosed or receiving ineffective treatment for BPD, please help  TARA to advocate for improvements in diagnosis and availability of BPD treatment. Thank you!
You can access the survey using the following link: To take survey, click here
Couple  Workshop   Date to be Announced

NYC Partner Workshop 
Help for those with a partner with BPD
Date to be Announced
A new program at TARA offering those with a partner with BPD  the opportunity to learn about BPD, learn specific coping skills while maintaining their own unique role within the family.
This program will be helpful for men and women with a BPD spouse/partner.

     Prevalence of BPD  
        compared to other Mental Illnesses


                                                                                                                           *source NIMH 


Borderline Personality Disorder does not receive  
the research funding its' prevalence merits.


                                                                                                                       * source PUBMED

reatment is not available for those who need it. Wait lists, extremely high costs, untrained professionals, misdiagnosis, mistreatment, stigma against the disorder and against the families, all add up to a  
TREATMENT CRISIS. BPD is the stepchild of mental illnesses. 
      How can 5.9% of the general population, 18 million people, 
receive the least amount of research funding of all mental illnesses? 

       BPD is in the mental illness closet.
into the light

Help TARA bring BPD into the light.

Help TARA call attention to this travesty of inadequate research funding 
Help TARA call attention to thetreatment availability crisis.

Help TARA  continue helping  all those lost in the morass of BPD as a neglected public health problem and a personal hell!

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            Individual                $  75
            Family                     $ 100
            Professional          $ 100
            Friend                     $  25

Sponsor                 $ 500
Patron                    $1000+
Benefactor           $ 5000+ 
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    Contact us at tara4bpd@gmail.com or taraapd@aol.com
alerie Porr at 212-966-6514 

      Valerie Porr, MA,
Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, A Family Guide for Healing and Change, Oxford Univ. Press,
co-author new Hope for BPD, Pres./Founder TARA National Association for Personality Disorder,
intensively trained in DBT and MBT , developer of the  TARA Method of Family Training,  speaker at family and professional conferences  Nationally and Internationally. Ms. Porr is available for Individual Family Consultation For  appointments Call 212-966-6514 or taraapd@aol.com
Regina Piscitelli:   
TARA Board member, DBT intensively trained, TARA Educational Coordinater, Coteaches TARA
Family classes for the past 10 years, leader of BPD support groups, Family DBT Coping Skills Workshops
and speaker at family and professional conferences. A fierce advocate for BPD sufferers.and families. 

Lou Dimarco  

DBT trained, seasoned TARA trainer, 8 years of experinece. Lou brings a father's perspective to the implementing of DBT and MBT skills 
Lisa Rosenberg  TARA trainer, 4 years of TARA training, retired teacher
   Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder:
   A Family Guide for Healing and Change
   by Valerie Porr by Oxford University Press, USA  
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