COMPASS Study Participation

February 27, 2021

The TULiP lab at York University (directed by Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick) is currently launching a study to test a new intervention for suicidal or self-injuring people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and their romantic partners called COMPASS (Connecting, Overcoming, and Moving Past Suicide and Self-injury).

COMPASS is a brief (i.e., 8-12 session) couple psychotherapy intervention that is delivered to both the person with BPD and their romantic partner with the intent of improving suicide, self-injury, and BPD symptoms and enhancing their relationship functioning and romantic partner’s mental health. It’s informed by both Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapies.

They are hoping to start administering COMPASS to some couples wherein one member has BPD and struggles with suicidal or self-injurious thoughts and behaviours, and use their feedback to refine it. Following its refinement, they are hoping to test its efficacy in a small pilot study.

Participation in this study, including receiving the intervention, is free and participants are paid up to $240 for completion of study assessments. Participants are NOT prohibited from being involved in other therapies or interventions in this study.

More information about COMPASS is available on their webpage. Individuals who are interested in participating in our study are invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

COMPASS Study Participation

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