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The Personality Disorder Toolbox: Practical Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Your Most Difficult Case

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 25, 2023  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Thursday, May 25, 2023

8:30am – 12:00pm Morning Session

1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Session

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

These workshops are a part of the Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Improving Skills & Competencies for Mental Health & Education Professionals. Registration and full conference line-up can be found HERE


COUNSELLING FOCUSED | Workshop #12: The Personality Disorder Toolbox: Practical Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Your Most Difficult Case

MORNING SESSION | 8:30am – 12:00pm   May 25, 2023

This session is available via live stream.

Individuals with personality disorders have long been considered the most challenging clients presenting in the clinical setting.  Many patients lack motivation, most begin with poor insight, and some have such deeply engrained dysfunctional beliefs, unhealthy coping skills, and destructive behavioural patterns that continue to frustrate providers, family members, and consumers alike. Many professionals even continue to view them as untreatable.

However, there is hope. Emerging research suggests this is simply not the case.  DBT, CBT, and Schema Therapy have paved the way in pioneering new attitudes and outcomes related to treating these conditions

Join leading exert in the field of personality dysfunction Dr. Jeff Riggenbach for this enjoyable training chock full of the latest research, techniques, and practical strategies. This powerful workshop will give you a new ability to help struggling individuals deal with issues related to self-injurious behaviours, multiple suicide attempts, frequently hurt feelings, intense and unpredictable mood swings, substance use, angry outbursts, toxic relationships and other problems that impair their ability to function in society. Leave this day long training with an integrated DBT/CBT /Schema Informed approach to treating these cases and giving clients with even the most complex needs a life worth living.

COUNSELLING FOCUSED | Workshop #17: Mastering the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT

AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:00pm – 4:00pm   May 25, 2023

This session is available via live stream.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the most empirically supported therapeutic approach for multiple psychiatric disorders, and is widely considered the “gold standard” treatment for a variety of issues.  Most mental health professionals claim to do “some CBT,” but many clinicians in the trenches resort to a more “eclectic” approach and treatment often loses direction. Leave this 3-hour afternoon session with international CBT expert Dr. Jeff Riggenbach with core competencies, transformed clinical skills, and an improved understanding of conceptualization based treatment that will ensure you never get stuck in therapy again.

You will be able to utilize concrete strategies for helping your clients who suffer from:

  • Bipolar and depressive related disorders
  • Anger
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Through case studies, interactive discussions, role-plays, and reproducible handouts, you will take away practical CBT strategies to use immediately with any client. Leave this conference armed with tools you can use in your very next session!

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

The Personality Disorder Toolbox: Practical Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Your Most Difficult Case

  • Understand evidence based approaches to treating personality disorders, and learn why traditional patient care doesn’t work
  • Learn communication skills for effectively engaging clients with complex needs
  • Acquire skills for modifying deeply engrained beliefs driving behaviours outside of client awareness
  • Disrupt lifelong self-defeating patterns
  • Identify 8 motives for self-injurious behaviours and interventions that work for each
  • Learn symptom-targetted strategies that help with clients in the moment
  • Develop schema modification techniques proven to benefit even your most “difficult” PD clients
  • Build resilience in clients by teaching strategies that help them not only get well, but stay well

Workshop #17: Mastering the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT

  • Develop core competencies in CBT, including the therapeutic alliance, collaborative agenda setting, fostering behavioural and cognitive change, and giving client feedback.
  • Understand the role of cognitive distortions in information processing and the unique processing present in specific symptom sets.
  • Learn evidence based strategies for treating clinical conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, anger management, and personality disorders
  • Utilize techniques from traditional CBT, meta-cognitive, and schema based approaches
  • Demonstrate how case conceptualization drives effective treatment planning & improves therapy outcomes.
  • Discuss case studies to increase understanding of specific cognitive models of depression, anxiety and anger and effective treatment strategies for each.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† 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.

Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D. is a best-selling and award winning author who has earned a reputation as an international expert in CBT and personality disorders. Over the past 20 years he has developed and overseen CBT-based treatment programs for Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviour disorders and Personality Disorders at two different psychiatric hospitals and clinics serving over 3,000 clients at multiple levels of care. Dr. Riggenbach trained at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a certified cognitive therapist. He has trained over 20,000 professionals worldwide including audiences in all 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Riggenbach is the author of six publications including his most recent release The CBT Toolbox (2nd ed): A Workbook for Clients, Clinicians and Coaches.

Jeff is known for bridging the gap between academia, research findings and day-to-day clinical practice, and his work has earned him the reputation for being. “The practical tools guy.” His seminars on CBT, DBT, and Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy routinely receive the highest evaluations from conference participants in terms of clinical utility as well as entertainment value.


“Workshop was great! The materials we received were awesome and very helpful. Jeff did very good with explain and going into detail when questions arouse.”
– Calgary, AB | November 20, 2019

“The examples paired with actual real life interventions are very helpful – a great way of explaining moving from the theory to practical tools in session totally worth it!”
– Calgary, AB | November 20, 2019

“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


Who Should Attend

Mental Health 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 other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888 or 1.800.661.1464.

Email: Email your reservation request to res@calgaryplaza.com

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours. If you are booking guest rooms through third-party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot be cancelled.

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 1 Day Enrollment $259 $279
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $469 $489
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $659 $679
Group 3-7 $639 $659
Group 8-14 $619 $639
Group 15+ $599 $619
Full-Time Student $599 $619

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 10, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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