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Clearview Treatment Programs Clinical Director to Present on DBT and Substance Abuse at WCSAD

Venice Beach, Calif. (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Not all treatments are effective when it comes to treating a dual diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and addiction. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one therapy that is proving to be successful for the treatment of both BPD and substance abuse.

On Saturday, June 1, Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D., clinical director of Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality Disorder treatment in Los Angeles, will provide attendees of the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD), an overview of how DBT works, to help patients who are struggling with both BPD and substance abuse.

“Substance abuse frequently co-occurs with Borderline Personality Disorder and may cause heightened symptoms in either disorder,” said Dr. Gorgorian. “The co-occurrence of the two disorders can cause severe emotional dysregulation, increase the probability of relapse and poor treatment outcomes, and increase the risk of suicide.”

Dialectical Behavior Therapy can give people struggling with both BPD and a drug or alcohol addiction the tools needed to better regulate their emotions and improve impulse control.

During her lecture, which will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the La Quinta Resort and Club in Southern California, Dr. Gorgorian will help attendees to:

  • Increase their familiarity with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) protocols
  • Understand how DBT has been adapted to help clients struggling with substance abuse
  • Learn about case conceptualization from a DBT perspective

The West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders, held May 30 to June 2, 2013, in La Quinta, Calif., is an annual event that provides education and networking opportunities for addiction treatment professionals.

About Dr. Alina Gorgorian

Dr. Gorgorian is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is a core treatment used throughout Clearview Treatment Programs, including Clearview Women’s Center.

She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she was assistant director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic.

As clinical director at Clearview Women’s Center, Dr. Gorgorian oversees the clinical program, facilitates Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups, and provides individual DBT. She also provides DBT training and education to program staff.

About Clearview Treatment Programs

Clearview Treatment Programs in Venice Beach, Calif., is a premier provider of mental health and addiction treatment. Clearview provides highly individualized treatment programs for people with psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug addictions, and dual diagnosis.

Clearview Treatment Programs, started in 2000, operates multiple treatment centers in the Southern California beach communities and the Los Angeles area. Clearview offers a full continuum of care, including residential dual diagnosis treatment, day treatment, outpatient treatment, and transitional living.

Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders offers comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs. Its programs are designed to treat women who struggle with emotional dysregulation, relational conflicts, impulse control, and/or self-harmful behaviors.

For more information on Clearview Treatment Programs and Clearview Women’s Center, please visit

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