Speaker: Sylvia Thompson
Topic: Borderline – Feels Like I’m Goin’ to Lose My Mind
(Surviving the Rollercoaster With Personality Disordered Clients)
- What are the 10 different personality disorders?
- How do boundaries play an important role in working with these clients and their families?
- Learn how to remain the eye in the storm.
- Which communication styles work best?
- Discuss the importance of self-care when dealing with this population.
About our Speaker
Sylvia Thompson, BA, CMC
Sylvia joined LivHOME in 2005, using her mental health and special needs background to advocate for seniors and adults who are challenged by disability. Her expertise and compassion are invaluable when providing guidance to concerned families and professionals with inquiries about appropriate services, local resources, and the complications of aging.
Previously, Sylvia worked as a special education itinerant teacher (SEIT) in New York City, providing emotional and physical support for children with special needs as well as to their families. In her role as advocate, Sylvia was often called upon as an expert witness before the Board of Education. In 1992–93, Sylvia worked alongside Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity at Prem Dan in their home for the destitute and dying in Calcutta, India. This led to a lifelong commitment to global volunteerism including 4 years as President of her local NAMI affiliate as well as being a State Trainer for NAMI’s Family Education Class.
Sylvia earned her dual bachelor of arts degrees in developmental psychology as well as theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and pursued a master’s in special education at the City College of New York. She earned her certification as a care manager, certified (CMC) from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) and is an NTG Affiliated Trainer for the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices.
In 2014, Sylvia testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health regarding mental health reform.