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Katherine Walpole - Validation and Connection

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Presentation by Katherine Walpole, Validation and Connection: How the arts assisted my recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder. Presented at the Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2019.

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Katherine Walpole - Validation and Connection

  1. 1. Validation and Connection How The Arts assisted my recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder
  2. 2. Borderline Warrior • Arty childhood • My dream • Music as career and medicine.
  3. 3. Main points DSM markers Dialectic Behaviour Therapy
  4. 4. Three of the DSM Criteria for BPD DSM V 4: Impulsivity DSM V 7: emptiness DSM V 9: dissociation
  5. 5. Overcoming impulsivity that is potentially self- damaging Don’t stop it, swap it! Validating behaviours Soothing Shostakovich Mozart Bach Mahler
  6. 6. Overcoming chronic feelings of emptiness
  7. 7. Overcoming Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms
  8. 8. The role of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy in my recovery MINDFULNESS DISTRESS TOLERANCE EMOTIONAL REGULATION INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS
  9. 9. Mindfulness Skills ‘Describe’ ‘Participate’ ‘Self soothing’
  10. 10. Distress Tolerance Skills Distracting Improving the moment
  11. 11. Emotional Regulation Skills Describe Build Mastery Accumulate positive emotions Pleasant events
  12. 12. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Appear confident Build relationships
  13. 13. Dr Olivier Sacks Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience….Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.

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