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Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-Plea and Pre-Sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies (Update)

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Produced on April 02, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

Course Description

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, behavior, 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. Recognize 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. Examine how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

Credit Information

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Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK S. SILVER is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. He has worked with thousands of clients from over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases in Immigration Court and lectures to lawyers throughout the United States on a wide range of forensic issues with case samples. He can be reached at MarkSilver1@cs.com or 917-608-1346. 


Nicole B.

Truly excellent.

James H.

Excellent presentation

David L.

Very informative. Clearly explained as well.

arthur s.

interesting area of practice. never had a psych in one of my PA cases.

Robert J.

Excellent course and outstanding instructor

Edward A.

Really good info and presented nicely. Thanks!

Edward B.

I am pursuing a degree in mental health and this was a wonderful introduction

mark s.

thank you

Catherine E.

Very informative and enlightening.

Michael C.

Excellent topic and discussion

Carol Lynn E.

Excellent speaker. The "humanizing" paradigm is one that should be integrated throughout all education, particularly when we talk about racism and concomitant crimes.

Andrew A.

Very interesting presentation.


Thank you, Dr. Silver! This was a wonderful, informative CLE. Personally, it was very valuable for me, as my sister has BPD-- this information will be very helpful for me and my family to better understand my sister and her behavior, and perhaps be better equip to help her and address her needs.. Thank you, again! Sincerely, Diana R. Auer, Esq.

elizabeth c.

He was terrific. Very informative, interesting, and not self-promoting.

Jonathan H.

Very Interesting!

Molly B.

GREAT presentation.

Sheree W.

Thank you.

David F.

Excellent presentation.

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