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

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This online course is available on demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 9, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on December 5, 2022. 

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.

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Session 1: Foundations of Effective Treatment

 Evidence based treatments


  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills


  • Moderating Extreme Thinking
  • Improving Problem Solving Skills
  • Modifying Deep- seated Belief

Schema-Focused Therapy

  • Identifying Beliefs driving behaviours
  • Decreasing emotional reactivity
  • Behavioural pattern breaking


Session 2: Case conceptualization and Treatment Planning

What makes individuals w PD Unique?

  • Poor Insight
  • Behavior hurts others befor it hurts themselves
  • Affects multiple areas of life
  • Can causes lifelong difficulties

Individualized Conceptualization and treatment planning

  • Underatanding how Your client history & role in belief development
  • Identifying Themes in Processing & Behavior
  • Breaking lifelong cycles

Case Studies

Treatment Set Up

  • Guidelines & Expectations
  • Management vs Treatment
  • Symptom Targetted Strategies
  • Belief modification protocol)


Session 3: Cluster A & C Disorders

Schizotypal personality disorder

  • Harness creativity
  • Develop minimal levels of conformity

Schizoid personality disorder

  • increasing pleasurable events
  • increased willingness for necessary interactions

Paranoid personality disorder

  • Decreasing suspiciousness
  • Anger management


  • Functional vs dysfunctional Perfectionism
  • Becoming “Good enough”

Avoidant personality disorder

  • Increasing socialization
  • Facing fears

Dependent personality disorder

  • Building Assertiveness
  • broadening sense of self


Session 4: Non-BPD Cluster B Disorders

Histrionic personality disorder

  • Adaptive ways of “getting noticed“
  • Impulse control techniques

Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Instilling Empathy
  • Schema Mode Work

Antisocial personality disorder

  • Rule-Breaking/lawbreaking strategies
  • facilitating attachment


Session 5: Borderline personality disorder

  • BPD in everyday language
  • Co-occurence & Differential Diagnosis (bipolar disorder & PTSD)
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • In-depth schema based work


Session 6: Wrapping up: Rapse Prevention & Developing Resilience

  • Strengths based treatment
  • Developing a resilience mindset
  • Warning signs for relapse
  • Amifying adaptive Gaines
  • Internal cs external attributions for change
  • Failing forward (thinking about relapse)
  • 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

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, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

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.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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