Making a diagnosis of BPD in those under the age of 18 has been
controversial. It is the aim of STEPPS YP to provide an intervention
for that group without the need to make the diagnosis formally, to
provide a non-pathologising approach where the diagnosis has been
made already, or to serve as an early intervention. As in the
previously published, evidence-based STEPPS programmes
(STEPPS, Second Edition, and STEPPS UK), STEPPS YP is a group
treatment, cognitive-behavioural, skills-training approach.

STEPPS (for adults) is designed to meet weekly for 20 weeks (plus
two additional optional sessions – one is a separate
introductory/intake session, and a second for groups which meet
during the Festive Season). STEPPS YP has been revised to 18
group sessions (plus the two optional sessions) with a suggested
break after Lesson 9. This schedule may be further modified to allow
breaks as required for school/college schedules.

The programme is provided to assist mental health professionals with
a group treatment for adolescents. In the STEPPS YP workbook
pages for group participants, the term Borderline Personality
Disorder, or Emotional Intensity Disorder, has been changed to
Emotional Intensity Difficulties (EID). In our experience, some young
people have already self-diagnosed, and some will recognise this
programme and its contents as relevant to BPD. Our approach is not
to deny this, but to redirect into what we believe is a more hopeful,
recovery-orientated or educative/developmental approach.

PLEASE NOTE: This version of STEPPS was first developed in
partnership with a working group from the Sussex Partnership NHS
Foundation Trust, in the UK, and therefore certain spelling and
wording conventions specific to the UK, were used. Subsequently, a
second version of the manual was introduced, with spellings and
usages more common to the US (and US English users.) Both
versions are now available on either CD-ROM, or on a USB a Flash
Drive. The priceing for either version is the same.

For ordering information for STEPPS YP,
click here.

the first few pages of the Facilitator Guidelines.