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Treatment and Management of Personality Disorders: The Challenge of a Hidden Agenda

Day Two: The Canadian Mental Health Summit

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D., LPC

Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Thursday, February 21, 2019  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Thursday, February 21, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

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

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.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  • Intro/The Treatment Model
  • Personality Disorders in General/ Cluster A Disorders
  • Schizotypal PD
  • Schizoid PD
  • Cluster C Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive PD
  • Avoidant PD
  • Dependant PD
  • Non Borderline Cluster B Disorders
  • Histrionic PD
  • Antisocial PD
  • Narcissistic PD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: Assessment & Diagnosis
  •  Borderline Personality Disorder:  DBT Treatment
  • Borderline Personality Disorder:  CBT/Schema Based Treatment
  • Relapse Prevention/ Q&A

Learning Objectives

  1. Master the essential characteristics of each of the personality disorders in DSM 5
  2. Assess the treat ability and prognosis of each disorder
  3. Evaluate the efficacy of various treatment methods including CBT, DBT, and Schema Therapy
  4. Learn Practical Application skills for management and treatment of each disorder
  5. Understand the 8 motivations for self-injurious behaviours and interventions for each
  6. Acquire case conceptualization skills useful for individualizing treatment planning and driving effective treatment
  7. Learn to actually like your Personality Disordered Patients! (or at least develop more frustration tolerance and increased empathy to work with them).

Continuing Education Credits

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, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

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:

May 7 – May 9, 2019

Block ID: 10548

Single/Double Rate – $135
Triple Rate – $150
Quad Rate – $165

Single/Double Rate – $160
Triple Rate – $175
Quad Rate – $190

Release Date: April 7, 2019

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 $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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

Early bird cutoff date: November 6, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

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