Treating Borderline Personality Disorder with the STEPPS
Nancee S. Blum, MSW, LISW
Nancee Blum discusses the Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) program in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She discusses where STEPPS programs are located, inside the country and globally; who participates in the STEPPS programs; how the STEPPS program is used to treat BPD; selecting members for the program; the recommended format of STEPPS; how to measure change and progress using both the Borderline Evaluation of Severity over Time model (BEST) and the Emotional Intensity Continuum (EIC); and the next step in Borderline Personality Disorder training: the program, STAIRWAYS. The STEPPS program focuses on talking about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as being driven by symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. In the program, patients learn to manage their symptoms, behaviors, emotions, and cognitive filters. They are educated about the disorder and are provided with skills on how to manage it.