Webinar: Borderline Personality Disorder & Intellectual Disability

    May 05, 2021
    10:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
     Add to Calendar

    Via Zoom
    Link to join the webinar will be included in confirmation email.


    Presented by: Susan Scharoun, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology Department, Le Moyne College

    Mental health problems are common among individuals with a developmental disability, however, the interaction of two or more diagnoses must be considered when providing appropriate services. People with both an intellectual disability and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are often challenging for service providers to successfully work with due to the complexity of the interaction. How a BPD interacts with a person’s intellectual disabilities and vice versa is important for caregivers to understand. Many traditional approaches to providing services are not effective. Supporting individuals with this dual diagnosis requires an understanding of these complex interactions.  

    This presentation will assist participants in understanding what BPD is, how it may interact with a person’s intellectual challenges and provide concrete recommendations for service providers to use to be more successful. 

    About the Presenter: Dr. Susan Scharoun has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Syracuse University. After graduating from S.U., she received a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral fellowship to do brain research in the Department of Anatomy and Center for Brain Research at the University of Rochester Medical School.

    Dr. Scharoun was employed by NYS Office of People with a Developmental Disability as an Associate Psychologist and Treatment Team Leader for seventeen years before becoming a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Le Moyne College, where she was the chair of the department for over a decade.

    Her research interests include autism and addressing challenging behaviors with positive behavioral support. Dr. Scharoun has taught courses such as Brain and Behavior, Childhood Disorders, Human Lifespan Development, Motivation and Emotion, Personality Theory, Human Lifespan Development, The Psychology of Disabilities and Health Psychology. She is a consultant psychologist for several not-for-profit agencies that serve children and adults with developmental disabilities.

    Dr. Scharoun is on the Board of Directors of ARC of Onondaga and is the co-author of the e-publication of Dual Diagnosis, A Caregiver’s Guide. Dr. Scharoun is a sibling of a person with a developmental disability and a strong advocate for families.


    $69.00 Member Registration (Per Person)

    $109.00 Non-Member Registration (Per Person)