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Personality Disorders: Assessing and Treating Axis II Disorders

Much of the training mental health clinicians receive emphasizes severe psychopathology. Yet it is the pervasively maladaptive patterns we call personality disorders that typically bring clients into therapists' offices. Simplistically, a client who is too shy, too perfectionistic, too self-centered, or too emotional may be presenting the outward signs of a personality disorder. A therapist who addresses only marital issues, substance abuse, or work-related problems rather than considering the possibility that they are manifestations of an underlying personality disorder may be missing an opportunity to provide the highest standard of care. A solid understanding of personality disorders is also necessary for complete and defensible written documentation. This two-day workshop focuses on accurate recognition and appropriate intervention for these disorders, from both a practical and dynamic perspective. The presentation will alternate between lecture segments that provide an up-to-date developmental and psychodynamic understanding for each personality disorder and interactive case vignettes aimed at formulating effective therapeutic interventions.

Workshop Content - Day 1

Assessment of personality disorders
Categorical versus dimensional approaches
Psychodynamics' of personality disorders
Developmental aspects of personality disorders
Cluster A syndromes: Schizoid, Schizotypal, and Paranoid personality disorders; assessment and intervention

Workshop Content - Day 2

Cluster B syndromes: Histrionic, Borderline, Narcissistic, and Antisocial personality disorders; assessment and intervention
Cluster C syndromes - Avoidance, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive personality disorders; assessment and intervention
Other syndromes - Passive-aggressive, depressive, submerged, and as-if personality disorders

Workshop Objectives

Identify all of the personality disorders and their clusters as described in the DSM
Compare the categorical versus dimensional approaches to personality disorders
Identify the biological, developmental, and psychodynamic bases of each of the personality disorders
Describe the proper documentation of personality disorders within the DSM-IV system
Identify the proper assessment tools for personality disorders
Recognize personality disorder components in clinical practice
Identify the appropriate therapeutic intervention strategies for each of the personality disorders

Presented by

Philip Erdberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Philip Erdberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.Philip Erdberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and an internationally known expert in the assessment of personality disorders. He is a past-president of the Society for Personality Assessment and the 1995 recipient of the Society's Distinguished Contribution Award. In 2001, Dr. Erdberg received the William T. Rossiter Award, presented by the California Forensic Mental Health Association, for outstanding achievement in the field of forensic mental health. He serves as a clinical and research consultant in a variety of therapeutic, educational, and correctional settings and is on the Curriculum Evaluation and Consultation Committee of the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Erdberg has conducted presentations on personality assessment and personality disorder throughout the world and is known for his clear organization, creative thinking, and sense of humor.