I haven't finished the book yet, but for those who've been asking vis use with hysteric borderlines, here are some preliminary thoughts:
It appears that the Blocks are firmly grounded in Albert Ellis's rational emotive behavioral therapy and Miller & Rollnick's motivational enhancement therapy. Thus far, this looks like a nice marriage of the two, and because it's REBT-, rather than CBT-, ACT- or DBT-based, noticeably different from McKay et al's, Marra's, Hayes & Smith's, Van Dijk's, Follette & Pistorello's, Forsyth & Eifert's, and Orsillo's similar "three-legged stool," MBCT-girded approaches to anxiety, depression, mania and PTSD.
The Blocks use the term "requirement" in place of Ellis's "must," then devise a system of CBT-style consciousness raisers to move the patient up the ladder from largely unconscious (or "mindless") "chess piece" past "chess player" on toward "detached, observing passerby." Knowing what they're dealing with, it seems to me, they move very slowly compared to the other New Harbinger authors. Given the possibilities for triggering in some of the other workbooks that might blow the borderline out before the "miracle occurs," this looks like solid, clinical-experience-based policy.
What puts me off at the moment are
1) the authors' use of yet another rubric of potentially confusing, "OEM" terminology like "I-Systems" (although they do include a glossary at the end),
2) feeling labeling (I'm still with Steve Hayes, Jiddu Krishnamurti and S. N. Goenka on getting past =words= because of their potential for mis-representation of actual experience when =direct=, word-less experience of emotions is really the path to digestion or processing thereof, though I do see utility in labeling if the patient does not =identify= him- or herself with those labels), and
3) lack of use of Linehan's and Brack's concept of "radical acceptance," which has come to be one of the most powerful de-shaming tools I have yet discovered.
That said, =M-BW4PTSD= looks like it's a safe and sane way to move towards building the three legs of the therapeutic stool for those with borderline-organized manifestations of complex PTSD. Follette & Pistorello's =finding life beyond trauma= workbook is also very good.