Valerie Porr, MA, is an internationally renowned expert on BPD and principle-based family psychoeducation
Tuesday May 28th, 2019
6:30pm to 8:30pm
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
By donation only. Suggested donation $10.00 to $50.00
to TARA4BPD, a not-for-profit organization.
Portland DBT Institute, Inc. invites you to an intimate evening with Valerie Porr, MA, an internationally renowned expert on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), author of the award-winning, Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, A Family Guide to Healing and Change, and founder of the Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder (TARA4BPD). For the past 25 years, Ms. Porr has worked to raise public awareness of BPD and decrease stigma against those with BPD and their families. She is the developer of The TARA Method, a principle-based family psychoeducational program. (FPE) based on evidence-based treatments such as DBT and MBT that teaches family members how to help their loved ones with BPD while helping repair family relationships. Ms. Porr influences neurobiological and behavioral research in BPD treatment through data developed in TARA’s many internet surveys providing BPD and family experiences generally overlooked by clinicians and researchers.
What to Expect
A long-time friend and colleague of Portland DBT Institute, Inc. Director and DBT expert Linda Dimeff, PhD, Ms. Porr will discuss latest developments in treating BPD, as well as insights into how families can help healing and change – for themselves and their loved ones.
Valerie Porr, MA is the author of the award winning book (ABCT) Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, A Family Guide to Healing and Change, Oxford University Press, co-author of New Hope for People with BPD, (Bockian, N, Porr, V 2002 ) Ms. Porr co-edited the Borderline Personality Disorder Journal of the California Alliance of the Mentally Ill, ,and has published numerous articles on family experiences and BPD advocacy issues. She is the recipient of the ISITDBT, International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT, 2001 Service Award. Ms. Porr, intensively trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), is the developer of The TARA Method, a principle-based family psychoeducational program that teaches family members how to help their loved ones with BPD while helping themselves. She has conducted family psychoeducational seminars and Family Survival Skills Workshops implementing the TARA Method for well over 2000 family members of people with BPD. Ms. Porr trains family leaders, speaks at family and professional conferences nationally and internationally, and has coordinated BPD research conferences with the support of the NIMH.
For nearly two decades Ms. Porr supervises operation of TARA’s National Helpline for BPD that provides callers with information and referrals to experienced, evidence-based clinicians specialized in treating BPD. She has interviewed thousands of Helpline callers and collected data such as the caller’s age, age of onset of the disorder, history of diagnosis, history of treatment including number of hospitalizations or suicide attempts, along with other pertinent information. Ms. Porr advocates locally and nationally for improved treatment and increased research funding for those suffering with BPD. Ms. Porr has been a public participant grant reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. She is also a teacher, artist-designer and a successful businesswoman.