Evidence-Based Treatment of Personality Disorders Certification by The Hirose Institute

Hirose Institute Certification Course

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

On Demand | Available Now


16 Hours | Approved for CEU’s


This workshop is on-demand, content will be available immediately after purchase.

Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until April 1, 2025. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Workshop Description:

 Individuals with personality disorders have long been considered the most challenging clients presenting in the clinical setting. Many professionals continue to view them as untreatable. Emerging research suggests this is simply not the case. Dialectical Behavior Therapy has paved the way in pioneering new attitudes and outcomes when working with these conditions. Although components of DBT skills training are helpful for most, some individuals continue to respond poorly to treatment and often payer sources don’t adequately fund empirically supported protocol. Many patients 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. \

There is hope. Join leading expert in the field of personality dysfunction Dr. Jeff Riggenbach for this 8 week online training and learn a multimodal approach to treating these complex cases. Incorporate DBT strategies, transtheoretical approaches, metacognitive approaches, and schema modification interventions into your work that can give even your most resistant patients a life worth living. Leave this enjoyable and information packed course 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. 

Personality Disorder Certification

Session 1- Assessment and Diagnosis

Introductory Remarks and Certification Course Opening – 15 Min

  • Rationale for the training and “sneak peak behind the curtain”
  • Agenda
  • Etiological Considerations and Biopsychosocial Model

Making a Personality Disorder Diagnosis – 30 Min

  • Rationale for Making a PD Diagnosis and Telling the Client
  • History of personality conceptualization in DSM & why an “Axis II?”
  • Categorial Dimensional Models and Current Conceptualization
  • Clinical Distinctions

Cluster A Diagnosis – 30 Min

  • Schizotypal PD
  • Schizoid PD
  • Paranoid PD

Cluster C Diagnosis – 30 Min

  • Avoidant PD
  • Dependent PD
  • OCPD

Non-BPD Cluster B Diagnosis – 30 Min

  • Histrionic PD
  • Antisocial PD
  • Narcissistic PD

Making a BPD Diagnosis –1 Hour and 30 Min

  • Subtypes
  • Having “the talk” with clients and family
  • Differential diagnosis (Emphasis on Bipolar DO and PTSD)
  • Motivations for Non-suicidal self-injury and treatment implications

Summary, Q&A, and Dismissal – 15 Min


Session 2 – Evidence Based Treatment and Case Conceptualization

Evidence Based Treatments – 15 Min

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy
  • Transference Focused Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Group Therapy

Integrated Treatment Approach- 2 Hours, 30 Min

  • DBT
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • CBT
    • Socialisation to the model that elicits client buy-in and improves outcomes
    • Problem solving strategies
    • Beliefs in 3 areas that impact client symptomatology and presenting problems
  • SFT
    • Jeff Young’s 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas
    • Characteristics of Schemas
    • Schema Maintenance

Case Conceptualisation- 1 Hour

  • Roadmap to recovery
  • Treatment planning
  • Documentation

Summary, Q&A, and Dismissal – 15 Min


Session 3 – Treatment, Part 1 (Set up, Non BPD, Skills Training, Part 1)

Non BPD Treatment Strategies – 2 Hours

  • Schizotypal PD
  • Schizoid PD
  • Paranoid PD
  • Avoidant PD
  • Dependent PD
  • OCPD
  • Histrionic PD
  • Antisocial PD
  • Narcissistic PD

“Treatment Set up: The Underpinnings of Successful Outcomes 30 Min

  • “The Frame” – Treatment Agreements
  • Structure of Programming
  • Consent for Treatment

Skills Training Groups Standard CBT Skills— 1 Hour , 15 Min

  • Symptom-targeted strategies
  • Relationship management
  • Labeling BPD distortions
  • Eliciting and restructuring BPD specific cognitions
  • Anger management
  • Cognitive continuums
  • Identity development

Summary, Q&A, and Dismissal – 15 Min


Session 4 – Treatment, Part 2 Skills Training, continued, Individual Therapy, Schema Groups)

Skills Training Groups DBT Skills- 1 Hour, 15 Min

  • Mindfulness
  • Grounding exercises
  • The Function of feelings
  • Emotional Intensity and regulation work
  • Distraction techniques
  • Soothing strategies
  • Opposite action
  • Radical acceptance
  • Improving the moment
  • Developing mastery
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

Individual Therapy- 1 Hour

  • The thinking of the therapist
  • Diary cards
  • Session acuity protocol
  • Complex chain analysis
  • Dealing with therapy-interfering behaviours
  • Integrated case study

Schema Groups- 1 Hour

  • Schema psychoeducation
  • Behavioural pattern-breaking
  • Schema reconstruction
  • Data logs
  • Internalisation exercises
  • Mode Dialogues

Relapse Prevention and Ending Treatment Well – 30 Min

  • Warning signs for relapse
  • “Episode management”
  • “Ways I know I’m Better”
  • The “road to recovery”
  • Booster sessions
  • Relapse prevention plans

Summary, Q&A, and Dismissal – 15 Min

  •  Master the essential characteristics of each »»of the personality disorders 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 
  • Acquire case conceptualization skills useful »»for individualizing treatment planning and driving effective treatment 
  • Learn to like your Personality Disordered Patients! »»(or at least develop more frustration tolerance and increased empathy to work with them). 

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, School Counsellors, 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.

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$549.00N/A
Full-Time Student$449.00N/A

All fees are per person and in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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