Conceptual Development and Case Data for a Modular, Personality-Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Matthew W. Southward, Caitlyn O. Hood, Sohayla Elhusseini, Martina Fruhbauerova, Nicole E. Stumpp, Stephen A. Semcho

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a heterogenous condition, and variations in its presentation may be accounted for by individual differences in personality dimensions. Extant treatments for BPD are long term and intensive; it is possible that prioritizing the personality-based difficulties that underlie an individual’s symptoms may improve the efficiency of care. This article describes the conceptual background for the development of a novel, personality-based intervention for BPD (BPD Compass), which was informed by recent research on personality mechanisms maintainin this condition, and was designed to address gaps left by existing treatments and to be maximally efficient and disseminable. BPD Compass is a comprehensive, short-term package with a fully modular design that allows for personalization (e.g., all skills can be presented in isolation or in any order based on pretreatment assessment). We discuss the theoretical background for its development, an overview of the skills included in the treatment, as well as preliminary efficacy data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-380
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 27 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Effort on this project was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (T32 DA035200). This publication’s contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Data described in this article represent an interim report of person-level analyses from an ongoing clinical trial; data are not available to share as the trial is not yet completed

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© 2022 American Psychological Association


  • borderline personality disorder
  • five-factor model
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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