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Personality Disorders: Advanced Diagnosis, Treatment & Management

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  1. Communicate the difference between personality disorder and psychiatric disorder as it relates to clinical treatment.
  2. Articulate the underlying structure of disordered personality and its clinical implications.
  3. Assess individuals with personality disorders to clinically distinguish and put to practical use in session.
  4. Communicate why diagnosis is the critical element to effective clinical treatment for clients with personality disorders.
  5. Categorize different types of personality disorders to accurately identify and inform clinical treatment interventions.
  6. Evaluate significant problems typically created by clients with personality disorders and utilize clinical strategies for symptom management.
  7. Implement the framework for successful treatment and management of clients with personality disorders.
  8. Differentiate intervention models as they relate to treatment outcomes.
  9. Demonstrate the most effective aspect of the intervention models to improve client level of functioning.
  10. Determine effective targeted interventions to improve treatment outcomes with personality disordered clients.
  11. Implement empirically validated treatment interventions for clients with personality disorders.
  12. Appraise the management models of interventions for clients with personality disorders.
  13. Assess common co-occurring conditions in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  14. Determine clinical interventions for reduction of self-harm behaviors.
  15. Recommend interventions to manage suicide risk in clients with personality disorders.
  16. Differentiate personality disorders in children and adolescents to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  17. Adapt treatment strategies for working with personality disorders in couples and familtherapy.
  18. Summarize clinical strategies for working with the significant others of individuals with personality disorders.


The Essentials of Advanced Assessment & Treatment Effectiveness: Fill in the missing pieces and create a treatment plan that works

Advanced and Empirically Validated Intervention Approaches in Action: A step-by-step plan to implement the most appropriate treatment strategy

Special Issues with Personality Disorders

Copyright : 09/10/2018

Treating Personality Disorders: Advances from Brain Science and Traumatology

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            Risk factors, therapeutic options

            Cluster characteristics

            Developmental characteristics

            Differential diagnostic criteria and defining characteristics

            Pathological v. healthy narcissism                 

            Differential diagnostic criteria and defining characteristics

            Boundary setting and treatment approaches

            Attachment and therapeutic relationship considerations

            Differential diagnostic criteria and defining characteristics

            Victim v. perpetrator symptom expression

            Complex therapeutic history

            Common underpinnings to varied personality diagnoses

            Relationship characteristics

            Family systems

            Neurophysiological systems

            Determining level of intervention

            Self-regulation, positive regard, mirroring

            Creating attachment and inserting self into therapy

            Importance of non-verbal communication

            Language selection and techniques


  1. Utilize clinical strategies to develop a therapeutic alliance in the face of mistrust, control issues, and rock- solid defenses while staying out of power struggles
  2. Apply effective tools for working with pathological dissociation in therapy 
  3. Utilize clinical interventions informed by neuroscience to alleviate symptoms of personality disorders,  including violence and emotional meltdowns

Copyright : 26/03/2017