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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. 

Important TARA Survey:   
Evaluation of Your Experiences with BPD Diagnosis & Treatment

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 data quanitfying 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. 
You can access the survey using the following link: To take survey, click here
      TARA in Toronto      Meet Valerie Porr      March 19, 2014

Borderline Personality Disorder 

 Valerie Porr:    Demystifying BPD, How do available treatments help? What is the impact  of BPD on families? How can we help to help raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder?  Valerie is the Author of the award winning book  Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, A Family Guide to Healing and Change, Oxford Univ Press. Ms. Porr is intensively trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and is the developer of The TARA Method, a principle-based Family Psychoeducational (FPE) program based on evidence-based treatments such as DBT and MBT. She teaches family members how to help their loved ones with BPD while helping themselves.  For 20 years Ms. Porr has directed a BPD Helpline, Resource and Referral service in the US, affording her the opportunity to speak with and collect data from thousands of people with BPD and their family members.  
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave, 18th Flr Aud.Toronto, Ont.               
TARA Method Panel Talk   BOSTON   April 4-6, 2014
North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorder Conference

Sunday, April 6, 2014 12-1 PM  Luncheon Panel   
The TARA Method:  Collaborating for Change: Improving BPD Functioning & Outcomes with Family and Consumer Psychoeducation

 Adaptations of the TARA Method BPD psychoeducational programs to address the specific needs of  parents, siblings, partners/spouses and children of individuals with BPD and  people with BPD will be discussed by respective family members.

 A Living with BPD participant,  a TARA psychoeducation program for those with BPD,

will share her experiences: Finally, I get me" Impact of TARA Method Psychoeducation on My Relationships, Who I am, and On My Treatment. "              Alka Chaudhary

Specific Challenges for BPD  Partner Relationships            Michael Victor
Specific Challenges for  BPD  Sibling Relationships            Sarah Piscitelli, MHC
Specific Challenges for Children of people with BPD        Jake Blum
Specific Challenges for BPD  parental relationships            Regina Piscitelli  &  Lisa Rosenberg
NYC FAMILY Weekend Workshop  April 11-13,  2014

April 11-13, 2014
NYC Weekend 
NYC Weekend BPD Survival Skills 
Learn the TARA Method at a Weekend Retreat 
April 11-12-13, 2014
"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 daughter, 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
               or call 212-966-6514 or 908-377-6612       Email
NYC 8 Week Workshop  April 1, 2014

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 BPD Family Survival Skills Workshop
Learn the TARA Method over 8 weeks in NYC
Tuesday Evenings           Starting April 1st 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 and 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
                            Click here to register for the program
 call 212-966-6514 or email
LIVING with BPD: Thursdays  March 13, April 3, 10, 24 
NYC BPD Psychoeducation Workshops
for people who think they may have BPD
Alternate Thursday Evenings
 March 13, April 3, 10, 24,  
 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.. 
 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    $100 (non working participants)
                                                                    $150 ( working participants)
TARA Symposia at the American Psychiatric Association May 3-7, 2014

American Psychiatric Association
TARA presents 3 Invited Symposia 

Sunday May 4, 2014 8:00-11:00 AM 
What's the Difference that Makes the Difference? Demonstrating  Commonalities and Differences Across Efficacious Treatments for BPD.
Anthony Bateman, M.D.  Demonstrating Mentalization-Based Therapy
Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.     Demonstrating Transference-Focused Therapy   
Martin Bohus, M.D.           Demonstrating Dialectic Behavior Therapy 
Valerie Porr, M.A.              Demonstrating the TARA Method 
Sunday, May 4, 2014  1:00-4:00 PM
Collaborating for Change: The TARA Method: Improving Borderline Personality Disorder Functioning and Outcomes With Family and Consumer Psychoeducation
Valerie Porr                      Highlights of Key Components of the TARA Method Curriculum:  
Regina Piscitelli              Demonstration of the TARA Method: 
Sarah Piscitelli, MHC    Impact of BPD on Siblings, Partners & Children of People with BPD;                                                           Adaptations of TARA Method for Specific Relationships:
Maria Scazzero               Person with BPD's Perspective: "Finally, I Get Me" - The Positive                                                                 Impact  of  Psychoed on who I am, my relationships, my treatment.
Olivia Mandelbaum     TARA Method Neurobiology training & Family Issues in psychology                                                             graduate programs develops  Compassion for Individuals with BPD: 

Monday, May 5, 2014 2:00-5:00 PM

Real-Life Consequences of Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment of BPD
Valerie Porr,               Causes and Consequences of Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment of BPD 
Mark Zimmerman,   BPD & Its' Relationship to the Over-diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
Stephanie Stepp,     Exposing Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents:                                                                               Comorbidity With  Childhood Disorders and Functional Impairments  
Anna Smithee,          The Journey of a Young Woman With BPD  
Regina Piscitelli       From Grief to Advocacy: A Mother's Journey
To attend these workshops, go to the APA website and Register for the Annual meeting.
Please register as an advocacy group member, for company name insert TARA, for job title insert advocate, for discipline insert mental health advocate, for primary work setting insert advocacy organization, and register as "non-physician/advocacy group member". The fee is $205 - this will permit access to the entire 5-day conference that begins May 3rd - May 7th. If you have questions, call TARA or the APA.  
 Peter Freed, MD at TARA : What is  Transference Focus Therapy - April 17, 2014

Peter Freed, MD
Understanding Transference-Focused Psychotherapy 

April 17, 2014  Thursday 7 PM -9 PM      

What do you do when DBT  does not seem to be the right treatment? It
is important to know that there are other evidence based treatments 
proven to be effective for people with BPD. Transference Focused Therapy (TFP) changes how people with BPD  think about themselves in relationships. It aims to create more stable, realistic and better-integrated experiences of self and others, leading to improved interpersonal functioning and adaptation to life. 

 Peter Freed, MD, Is a psychiatrist specializing in "personality disorders,"  particularly narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and a member of the Personality Studies Institute founded by Otto Kernberg.

Dr Freed will discuss Transference Focused therapy, the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder versus Narcissistic Personality Disorder, uses of medication, differences between 
DBT,  Mentalization Based Treatment  and Transference Focused Psychotherapy, 
 distinction between supportive and exploratory psychotherapy,  the general challenge of figuring out 
how to start, stay in, and stop psychotherapy. 


Registration TARA Members $40,   Couples $75.00

      Non Members   $50     Couples $90.00

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Repair Relationships

     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.
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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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      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
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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. 

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