Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



Borderline Personality Disorder, novice counselor, professional burnout, counselor educators and supervisors, suggestions

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


Novice counselors working with clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are at risk for professional burnout. For many novice counselors, the cause of professional burnout is based on factors related to quality guidance and supervision. This article aims to call attention to counselor educators and supervisors to protect novice counselors treating BPD and provide suggestions for supervision. The authors review books, journal articles, and training workshop materials from 2003 to 2022, summarize features of BPD, analyze novice counselors’ challenges in treating BPD, and suggest some strategies that counselor educators and supervisors can use to assist novice counselors in treating clients with BPD successfully.



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