Contents: Part I: Theory and Concepts. Borderline Personality Disorder: Concepts, Controversies, and Definitions. Dialectical and Biosocial Underpinnings of Treatment. Behavioral Patterns: Dialectical Dilemmas in the Treatment of Borderline Patients. Part II: Treatment Overview and Goals. Overview of Treatment: Targets, Strategies, and Assumptions in a Nutshell. Behavioral Targets in Treatment: Behaviors to Increase and Decrease. Structuring Treatment around Target Behaviors: Who Treats What and When. Part III: Basic Treatment Strategies. Dialectical Treatment Strategies. Core Strategies: Validation. Core Strategies: Problem Solving. Change Procedures: Contingency Procedures of Managing Contingencies and Observing Limits. Change Procedures: Skills Training, Exposure, Cognitive Modification. Stylistic Strategies: Balancing Communication. Case Management Strategies: Interacting with the Community. Part IV: Strategies for Specific Tasks. Structural Strategies. Special Treatment Strategies. Appendix: Suggesting Reading. References. Index.