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
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 Outdated ways of thinking in the mental health community continue to lead many professionals to view them as untreatable.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.
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
- “situation mgmt.”
- Pharmacological Intervention
- Scaling Exercises
- Developing Trust
- Schizoid Specific Tasks
Cluster C Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive PD
- Distress Tolerance
- Becoming “good enough”
- Reducing Anxiety
- Taking Small Risks
- Assertiveness Training
Non-BPD Cluster B Disorders
- Strategies for Impulsivity/Flirtation
- Channeling Expressiveness
- Attachment/Empathy Work
- Managing Rule Breaking Behavior
- 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
The Treatment Agreement
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
Mood Check/Safety Planning
CB Chain Analysis
Schema Mode Work & Relapse Prevention
Cognitive Behavioral Chain Analysis
Schema/Belief Reconstruction Work
Session #8: Conclusion/Live Q&A
- 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
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.
Holiday Inn Oakville at Bronte
2525 Wyecroft Rd, Oakville, ON
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Registration & Fees
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Early bird cutoff date: April 1, 2019
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