Advanced Treatment of Personality Disorders: Specialized Strategies for Promoting Change in Change Resistant Clients

New! Filmed Spring 2020

Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


12 Hours |  Pre-approved for 12 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until May 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on April 1, 2021

Individuals with personality disorders have long been considered the most difficult clients presenting in the clinical setting. For years, a majority of professionals in the health care industry worldwide have held to the belief that they cannot be treated. Research is clear this is simply not true. But it is true that traditional treatment does not work. To treat these conditions effectively, clinicians must be armed with highly specialized knowledge to understand the nuances of what makes these individuals tick and to master the clinical skills needed to help them move out of chronic cycles of destructive behaviours.

Join leading exert in the field of personality dysfunction Dr. Jeff Riggenbach for this 12 hour online course and learn a specialized method of treating these complex cases that actually works. In addition to acquiring more practical skills than ever for your toolbox, he will walk you step-by-step through a comprehensive and in-depth approach for treating this population. You will get clarity on often unanswered questions, explore key structural issues necessary for effective treatment rarely addressed, and gain insight into the importance of process observations that are frequently missed.

The approach incorporates motivational exercises, DBT-based strategies, metacognitive interventions, schema modification work, and other evidence-based techniques integrated into a highly structured, yet flexible model that can be delivered by clinicians in a variety of clinical settings. It highlights essential ingredients many practitioners are oblivious to and provides practical skills that can be implemented by clinicians in the trenches the very next day.

Leave this highly engaging, chock-full online experience not only with tools for managing behaviours, but also armed with the in-depth practices required for creating the long term change that truly helps those you work with develop a life worth living. Oh, you might even develop a renewed passion for working with this group yourself!

Online Course Format

  • Online Training –Presented by Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.
  • 12 hours of teaching content
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.

Why Was There Ever an “Axis II?”

  • Clinical Distinctions
  • Assessment Techniques
  • Traits vs Disorder

Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Cluster A Disorders
  • Cluster C Disorders
  • Cluster B Disorders
  • Borderline PD

Evidence-Based Treatment

  • Schema Therapy
  • DBT
  • Cognitive Approaches

Integrated Treatment Approach

  • Socializing to Elicit Client Buy-In
  • Behavioural Pattern Breaking
  • Belief modification Strategies

The “Frame“

  • The Role of Individual Therapy vs Group Therapy
  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Session Acuity protocol

Skills Training and Psychoeducational Groups

  • Motivational Enhancement Strategies
  • Relationship Development and Management
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Identity Exercises

Individual Treatment Sessions

  • Diary Cards and Daily Logs
  • Dealing effectively with suicide and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Quality of life interfering behaviours
  • Symptom – targeted strategies
  • Long-Term Work

Case Conceptualization

  • Develop client specific roadmap to recovery
  • Clinical formulation drives treatment planning & documentation
  • Structured format for approaching every session

PD Diagnosis

  • Explaining the criteria in a way that decreases client defensiveness
  • BPD in everyday language
  • Behavioural pattern breaking

PD Treatment

  • Paranoid PD
  • OCPD
  • Avoidant PD
  • Histrionic PD
  • Antisocial PD
  • Narcissistic PD

Borderline PD

  • Mood check and starting session
  • How to approach safety planning
  • Complex Chain Analysis
  • Integrated CBT/DBT/Schema Therapy Case Study
  • Schema Mode Dialogues

Emotion Regulations Strategies

  • Acting the opposite
  • Strategic use of soothing and distraction
  • Other Symptom targeted interventions

Relapse Prevention

  • Red flags for relapse
  • Episode management
  • Road to Recovery tool and developing resilience mindset
  1. Gain an understanding of the clinical distinctions involved with personality disorders that often go unnoticed and contribute to treatment failure
  2. Master the essential characteristics of each of the personality disorders in DSM 5
  3. Acquire specialized case conceptualization skills for individualizing treatment planning for positive outcomes
  4. Develop an understanding of cognitive profiles, common behavioural habits, and other nuances that make each disorder unique
  5. Understand the goal differences in individual treatment vs group treatment and structure your sessions accordingly
  6. Utilize appropriate therapeutic interruption to keep your sessions from getting hijacked and stay on track to accomplish collaboratively established goals
  7. Gain clinical competence in running skills training groups
  8. Learn a step-by-step approach to treatment from assessment to discharge
  9. Implement behavioural pattern-breaking to interrupt lifelong patters of unhealthy choices, break cycles of abuse, and construct healthy beliefs through which to operate in the future
  10. Acquire key relationship management skills to help clients not only navigate and exit current toxic relationships but also to seek relationships that promote recovery moving forward
  11. Understand the 8 motivations for non-suicidal self-injury and learn appropriate interventions for each
  12. Integrate CBT, DBT, and Schema Focused strategies to intervene at a variety of levels
  13. Learn to implement “schema mode” work to bypass countless sessions of symptom substitution and avoidance
  14. Learn the 5 signs of relapse and how help clients manage episodes before they turn into crisis

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 author and internationally recognised trainer in the area of cognitive-behaviour therapy. He has 20 years of clinical experience developing and directing CBT based programmes for mood disorders, PTSD and others anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and substance use disorders in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Dr. Riggenbach trained at The Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research, is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and lectures nationally and internationally on issues related to CBT for PTSD, Addictions, and other symptom sets. He has facilitated seminars and workshops in all 50 United States, and is on faculty with educational institutes in Canada, the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

Jeff has authored three books, including his best-selling, The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians which, due to its popularity, is approaching publication of it’s 2nd edition. This has earned him the reputation for being “the practical tools guy.” His trainings routinely receive the highest marks from seminar participants in terms of practical application, clinical relevance, and entertainment value.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits