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Experts to Present Exciting Information on Preventing Borderline Personality Disorder and Some Mood Disorders

May 16, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A panel of experts will discuss an exciting research-based theory that may have the potential for preventing Borderline Personality Disorder and some types of mood disorders, on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Silberman Auditorium, 4200 Monument Avenue, Philadelphia. The free event (“Do We Now Know Enough to Prevent Borderline Personality Disorder and Some Types of Mood Disorders?”), including audience discussion, is sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“We have convened this panel during Mental Health Month and Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month so that pediatricians, school personnel and other professionals who deal with children will know what’s been learned about the do’s and don’ts of helping highly sensitive, intense children and their parents, preferably at an early age,” said Edie Mannion, program director of MHASP’s Training and Education Center, which organized the event. “There have been significant breakthroughs in the field, and we want to accelerate the dissemination of this information.”

The panel will include Caroline Watts, Ed.D., senior lecturer and special education coordinator, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania; Renee Turchi, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and assistant professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health; Pat Harvey, LCSW-C, author of Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions (video presentation); and Neal Bowen, Ph.D., NCC, mental health director, Hidalgo Medical Services, who will present his video interview of staff at the First Born Program of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation in New Mexico.

“Learning more about what each of us can do to support children’s strengths and vulnerabilities is a responsibility we all share,” said panelist Caroline Watts.

The event is for parents and family members, pediatricians, school personnel, childcare providers, early intervention providers, behavioral health providers, child welfare providers, clergy, academicians/students, individuals in recovery from mental health conditions, and other concerned individuals. Resources for family support and mental health education will be available.

The mission of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania is to “promote groundbreaking ideas and create opportunities for resilience and recovery by applying the knowledge learned from the people we support, employ, and engage in transformative partnerships.”

Registration is preferred: contact Edie Mannion, 267-507-3863, TECinfo@mhasp.org.

SOURCE Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Training and Education Center (TEC)

Source: PR Newswire