Year: 2004 Source: Psychiatric Times, v.XXI, no.8, (July 2004), 9p. SIEC No: 20050421

The authors examine whether supportive therapy is a safe & effective treatment approach for patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD), adapting the Beth Israel supportive-therapy model for use in the treatment of BPD patients. The prevention of suicidal crises in this population is identified as a key goal of supportive therapy, & the benefits & challenges of this approach are highlighted. Phases of treatment are outlined, & implications for future research are discussed. (19 refs)