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Treatment and Management of Personality Disorders

The Challenge of the Hidden Agenda

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D., LPC

Monday, April 15, 2019 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019  |  Oakville, on

Date & Location

Monday, April 15, 2019 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Oakville Conference Centre

2515 Wyecroft Rd, Oakville, ON

phone:  905.618.7510

fax:  905.618.7515

website:  http://www.oakvilleconference.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Individuals with personality disorders have long been considered the most challenging clients presenting in the clinical setting. Many patients initially lack motivation, most begin with poor insight, and some have such deeply engrained dysfunctional beliefs, unhealthy coping skills, and destructive behavioral patterns that continue to frustrate providers, family members, and consumers alike. Outdated ways of thinking in the mental health community continue to lead many professionals to view them as untreatable.

Emerging research suggests this is simply not the case. There is hope! New treatment approaches have paved the way in pioneering new attitudes and outcomes when working with these conditions. DBT, more traditional CBT, and Schema Therapy, a new breakthrough treatment specifically for personality disorders, all now offer empirically supported protocols.

Leave this enjoyable and information packed workshop, presented by leading expert in the field and best-selling author Dr. Jeff Riggenbach, with a new ability to help struggling individuals deal with issues related to self-injurious behaviors, multiple suicide attempts, frequently hurt feelings, intense and unpredictable mood swings, substance use, angry outbursts, trauma, toxic relationships and other problems that impair their ability to function in society. Practical tools from DBT, CBT, and schema modification approaches will provide your most resistant patients with a life worth living.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Etiology/Genetic Heritability Studies

Categorical vs. Dimensional Models of Personality

Making a Personality Disorder Diagnosis

Overview of Evidence Based Treatment

Personality Disorder Treatment Principles

Cluster A Disorders

Schizotypal PD

  • “situation mgmt.”
  • Pharmacological Intervention

Paranoid PD

  • Scaling Exercises
  • Developing Trust

Schizoid PD

  • Schizoid Specific Tasks

Cluster C Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive PD

  • Distress Tolerance
  • Becoming “good enough”

Avoidant PD

  • Reducing Anxiety
  • Taking Small Risks

Dependent PD

  • Assertiveness Training

Non-BPD Cluster B Disorders

Histrionic PD

  • Strategies for Impulsivity/Flirtation
  • Channeling Expressiveness

Antisocial PD

  • Attachment/Empathy Work
  • Managing Rule Breaking Behavior

Narcissistic PD

  • Limit Setting
  • Use of Leverage to Promote Change



Personality Disorders In The Real World

Making a BPD Diagnosis

  • Rationale for Making Diagnosis
  • Talking to your Client about the Diagnosis

Symptom Targeted Strategies

Dealing with Toxic Relationships

Identity Work

Managing Self-Injury


The Treatment Agreement

Sample Contracts

Consent for Treatment

Session Acuity Protocol

Diary cards Individualized to meet Client Needs

Facilitating DBT Skills Training Groups

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Emotion Regulation Skills

Distress Tolerance Skills


Model Session

Mood Check/Safety Planning

CB Chain Analysis

Schema Mode Work & Relapse Prevention

Continuum work

Modification protocol

Cognitive Behavioral Chain Analysis

Schema/Belief Reconstruction Work

Conclusion/Live Q&A

Monitoring Progress

Relapse Prevention

Learning Objectives

  • Master the essential characteristics of each personality disorder in DSM-5
  • Assess the treatability and prognosis of each disorder
  • Evaluate the efficacy of various treatment methods including CBT, DBT, and Schema Therapy
  • Learn Practical Application skills for management and treatment of each disorder
  • Understand the 8 motivations for self-injurious behaviours and interventions for each

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)
  • Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D., LPC

Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D, LPC, is an award winning author & international expert in personality disorders. He has spent the first 17 years of his career developing & overseeing personality disorder treatment programs at two different psychiatric hospitals in the state of Oklahoma. During that time, he & his staff have treated over 500 patients with BPD in particular. He is on Faculty with Educational Institutes in Canada, Australia, and South Africa and has trained over 15,000 mental health professionals in all 50 US States and abroad. In addition to his body of clinical work, Jeff serves as director of the international Personality Disorders Awareness Network, is a diplomat with the Academy of Cognitive therapy, and is a best-selling author. Dr. Riggenbach’s talks routinely receive the highest marks from conference participants in terms of educational as well as entertainment value.



“Overall enjoyed Jeff’s perspectives and relaxed nature! Spoke clearly and effectively, and delivered content in an easy and approachable way.”
– Charlottetown, PEI | July 10-12, 2017


“Definitely worth the dime and time. This course is structured so as to reach a wide variety of professionals. Jeff is a great presenter who knows his stuff and holds his audience’s attention. So glad I traveled to get here! I would have liked to have more handouts in regards to the examples he uses – ie. models, exercises, charts, logs.”
– Amanda Weeks | Charlottetown, PEI | July 10-12, 2017


“Wonderful overview of the models. Jeff was an amazing grasp of research and it’s application to client populations. Thank you.”
– Charlottetown, PEI | July 10-12, 2017


Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Holiday Inn Oakville at Bronte

2525 Wyecroft Rd, Oakville, ON

phone:  905.847.1000

website:  http://www.hioakvillebronte.ca/

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Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 905.847.1000

Rates: $119.00 plus tax for a room with 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed.

Please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates” or booking code “JHA” when making a reservation.

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (13% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 1, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, April 1, 2019.

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