Celesq® Programs

Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-plea and Pre-sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies

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In this course, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver delves into criminal mitigation strategies for the client suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is among the least understood, and yet perhaps the most important mental health issues for criminal defense lawyers. As many as 6% of the population carry the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the criteria for this mental health issue provide profound understanding regarding the criminal defendant's decision-making, behaviors and conduct, emotional instability, erratic conduct, impulsivity, depression and low self-esteem, and related matters. It is crucial for the criminal defense lawyer to be able to recognize borderline personality disorder in clients and know when to refer the case for an evaluation and/or how to use aspects of this disorder for mitigation purposes. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder as among the most important mental health diagnoses with criminal defendants
  2. Identify the challenges and obstacles of defending such clients
  3. Recognize how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Florida Eligible
  • Forensic
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Mental health Awareness


  • Mental Health Awareness : 1 Credit