Live – Micro-Certificate in Full Cluster DSM-5 Personality Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

Live – Micro-Certificate in Full Cluster DSM-5 Personality Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

**This is a special 2-day, 12-CE didactic micro-certificate program resulting in a PD-PT(i)® post-nominal credential through Mind Works Professional Education, Inc. **

Most clinicians assume they don’t need to know how to work with personality disorders because “that’s not the population I treat.” With the U.S. about 4% higher than the global average, about 10% of the American population meets criteria for a DSM-5 Personality Disorder (WebMD, 2021). Many more, closer to 30-40% of individuals in the U.S. carry at least two or more common features of a personality disorder. Comorbidity rates in this population for other mental health concerns like anxiety, mood disorders, impulse control, and substance abuse are much higher at 20-50%. If you work with trauma or substance abuse, you’re likely seeing personality disorders in 60-90% of those patients. Since prognosis for individuals with PD’s is relatively poor (i.e. these features are generally regarded as “fixed”), it is that much more important for clinicians to learn how to work with common PD behaviors and cognitions in order to be effective in their work.  

Personality disordered individuals are often considered to be some of the most difficult consumers of mental health services for therapists to treat effectively. Clearing the fog surrounding the different conditions and getting to the core of each individual client is vital to a successful treatment outcome. Drawing from the most recent literature, outcome trials, case studies and 20 years of clinical experience, Jeff Riggenbach, PhD will describe the latest evidence-based treatment options and show you how to avoid common pitfalls and therapeutic traps of these individuals who often leave clinicians feeling frustrated, stuck, and disheartened.

In this 2-day live and interactive micro-certification program, Jeff will describe each of the DSM-5 personality disorders and give you simple but effective engagement, management, and treatment techniques for each. Empirically supported strategies from DBT, CBT, and Schema Therapy will be incorporated into an integrated treatment approach that will transform the way your work with this challenging population. You will leave this experience not only with a new credibility marker, but most importantly you’ll leave feeling revitalized, hopeful, and more confident than ever to take on the hardest clients. Come away equipped with a new, comprehensive, empowering approach to assess, conceptualize, and treat this difficult population in a way that offers hope for clients and reinvigoration for providers. Scroll down on this page to see a full program schedule.

 

 

Attendance and Location Details

 

Date and Time

 

**Special 2-day, 12-CE Live event**

 

Day 1: Friday, June 6, 2025, 9:00am – 4:30pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm ET / 7:00am – 2:30pm PT

Day 2: Saturday, June 7, 2025, 9:00am – 4:30pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm ET / 7:00am – 2:30pm PT

*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date

 

Agenda:

***Please see full, timed Program Schedule below***

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

1. Describe diagnostic criteria and explain key differential diagnosis considerations for each of the DSM-5 Personality Disorders.
2. Learn and utilize the personality spectrum to conceptualize clients and inform your treatment approach.
3. Learn to socialize the client toward an integrated approach to treatment in a way that enhances motivation.
4. Formulate individualized roadmaps to recovery for every client that will elicit buy-in and drive treatment from start to finish.
5. Discuss the 8 motivations for non-suicidal self injury (NSSI) and utilize effective interventions for each.
6. Explain the BPD diagnosis to clients and family in a way that decreases defensiveness.
7. Differentiate a “Borderline Mood Swing” from a “Bipolar Mood Swing” and learn how to intervene appropriately for each.
8. Implement empathic confrontation and schema mode work with narcissistic clients.
9. Develop trust in paranoid clients.
10. Manage rule-breaking behaviors in callous and unemotional patients.
11. Facilitate getting needs met in appropriate ways in your treatment of individuals with histrionic traits.
12. Identify 3 warning sign for relapse.

 

Program Schedule (4 pages):

 

Riggenbach Outline Personality Disorder 12-CE Micro-Certificate Program

 

Target Audience:

The target audience for this live webinar event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jeff Riggenbach, PhD

Material Author(s): Jeff Riggenbach, PhD

Jeff Riggenbach, PhD is a best-selling and award-winning author who has earned a reputation as an international expert in cognitive approaches to treating personality disorders. Over a 20-year period, he has developed and overseen CBT-based treatment programs for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behavior 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 is a certified cognitive therapist. He has trained over 20,000 professionals worldwide including audiences in all 50 United States, The UK, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Riggenbach is the author of seven publications including his most recent clinical release The CBT Toolbox (2nd ed): A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians (2021) and his brand new general audiences book “Disarming High Conflict Personalities: Dealing with the 8 Most Difficult People in Your Life Before you Burnout!” (2022). 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.

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Live Event – Deep Dive Into New Cognitive Approaches for Trauma, PTSD & Addiction

Live Event – Deep Dive Into New Cognitive Approaches for Trauma, PTSD & Addiction

We know from the research that trauma most often precedes addiction. We also know that cognitive techniques carry a bulk of the research evidence for safe and effective treatment of most co-occurring mental health disorders. Given these documented outcomes, clinicians are beginning to find new ways to employ cognitive therapy mechanisms that pack a bigger punch than vanilla CBT. Just when you think you had cognitive therapy all figured out – wait for this one!

The relationship between trauma and addiction is becoming increasingly well established in the literature. This is no surprise, as clinicians working “in the trenches” know all too well that people with unresolved trauma and emotional wounds often turn to substances as a way to “numb out,” forget, or otherwise self-medicate to regulate their emotions. Conversely, people with addictive behavior disorders may drive while impaired, gravitate towards toxic relationships, go to dangerous places to get their substance of choice, or engage in many other behaviors that increase their risk of being traumatized and elevate their vulnerability factors for developing PTSD or other trauma and stress related disorders. It is also known that when cooccurrence is involved, this presents clinicians with a more complicated course of treatment and less favorable treatment outcomes than we see when clients present with only one or the other. The good news is, there is hope! While neuroscience has taught us much about this phenomenon in recent years, evidence-based Cognitive treatments are still show to be at least as effective as many “newer” approaches, and in some circles seem to have almost gotten lost in the shuffle.

Recent protocols have attempted to incorporate PE (prolonged exposure) and other cognitive behavioral treatments with substance use disorder treatments. While further research is needed in this area, the mandate for integration of treatments when dealing with this population seems integral to obtain more favorable outcomes for individuals with these complex conceptualizations. Leave this full-day online training led by international CBT expert Jeff Riggenbach, PhD, with an improved understanding of the neuroscience of trauma, an integrated approach to treating PTSD and addictions, as well as armed with a plethora of evidence-based, yet practical new tools to equip and empower this group to find levels of recovery that have previously eluded them!

 

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Attendance and Location Details

 

Date and Time

 

Friday, February 7, 2025, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm EST / 7:00am – 2:30pm PST

 

 

*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date

 

 

Agenda:

The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction (9:00 – 9:30)
– The role of defectiveness schemas and shame
– Reciprocal nature of the relationship and co-occurrence

Trauma and PTSD (9:30 – 10:30)
– Neurobiology of trauma
– DSM 5 Current symptom clusters
– C-PTSD

Addictive Behavior Disorders (10:30 – 11:00)
– Biological and Environmental Risk Factors
– Motivation for Usage
– DSM 5 Current and Proposed Disorders
– Gambling as first behavioral addiction

**BREAK – 11:00 – 11:15

Integrated Cognitive Model (11:15 – 12:15)
– Dialectical Behavior Therapy
– Standard CT
– Schemas driving Shame and Addiction
– Behavioral Pattern Breaking

**LUNCH BREAK – 12:15 – 1:15

Types of Interventions (1:15 – 2:00)
– Environmental Interventions
– Behavioral Interventions
– Mindfulness-Based Interventions
– Distraction techniques and indications for use
– Restructuring cognitions related to impulse control and safety

Cognitive Model of Addiction (2:00 – 2:30)
– Breaking destructive behavioral cycles
– Cognitive cue cards
– Behavioral coping cards

**BREAK – 2:30 – 2:45

Trauma and PTSD (2:45 – 3:45)
– 3 Stages of Treatment
– Psychoeducation and obtaining Informed Consent
– Grounding Exercises, Soothing Strategies, and Distraction Techniques
– Trauma Narrative Work
– Nightmare Rescripting and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy
– Restructuring Cognitions Related to Guilt and Shame
– Moral Injury, developing resilience and facilitating post-traumatic growth

Relapse Prevention, Q&A, and Wrap-up (3:45 – 4:30)

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Learn and understand the relationship between trauma and addiction.

b). Identify the role of early maladaptive schemas in maintaining behavioral styles that keep these clients stuck in shame.

c). Learn and practice behavioral pattern-breaking tools for disrupting lifelong patterns of negative behavior.

d). Learn and understand how to equip clients with soothing, grounding, and other de-escalation skills to prepare clients to directly face traumatic memories.

e). Learn and practice conducting complex chain analysis to facilitate development of client impulse control.

f). Describe the three types of avoidance and explain to clients how they perpetuate PTSD symptoms.

g). Learn and practice the technique of writing out trauma narratives to confront cognitive content necessary for recovery.

h). Learn how to use rescripting nightmares to decrease or discontinue recurrent distressing dreams.

i). Utilize the silver lining technique to help clients facilitate acceptance, reclaim aspects of former self, and contribute to society in new and unique ways.

j). Learn to help clients silence their shame, come out of hiding, and promote post-traumatic growth for whole person recovery.

Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel,  and Healthcare Workers.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jeff Riggenbach, PhD

Material Author(s): Jeff Riggenbach, PhD

Jeff Riggenbach, PhD is a best-selling and award-winning author who has earned a reputation as an international expert in cognitive approaches to treating personality disorders. Over a 20-year period, he has developed and overseen CBT-based treatment programs for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behavior 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 is a certified cognitive therapist. He has trained over 20,000 professionals worldwide including audiences in all 50 United States, The UK, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Riggenbach is the author of seven publications including his most recent clinical release The CBT Toolbox (2nd ed): A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians (2021) and his brand new general audiences book “Disarming High Conflict Personalities: Dealing with the 8 Most Difficult People in Your Life Before you Burnout!” (2022). 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.

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

Featured Materials :

Course materials (including the link to view live events) are sent to webinar and in-person attendees 24-48 hours before the event start time. Course materials for online asynchronous courses are found in the Lesson module after a course is purchased.

Live – Autostress Disorders: Brain-Based Tools to Disrupt “False Alarm” Anxiety

Live – Autostress Disorders: Brain-Based Tools to Disrupt “False Alarm” Anxiety

The stress response is a primitive response system designed to protect us from danger. But some people experience various life events that can reprogram this system to turn on at the wrong time, resulting in recurring stress-based “false alarms” that result in anxiety disorders that can be extremely difficult to treat. A special approach that integrates an understanding of neuroscience, psychotherapy research, and proven therapy techniques can vastly improve treatment outcomes and bring lasting relief for clients stuck in “false alarm” purgatory.

Recent advances in neuroscience have increased our knowledge of how and why people change.Brain-based therapy synthesizes neuroscience, evidence-based treatment, psychotherapy research, and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model.This seminar will examine how outcomes are enhanced by using brain-based therapy approaches with people who have been plagued by autostress disorders. Just as people with autoimmune disorders suffer from attacks on their bodies by their own immune system, people with anxiety suffer attacks by their stress system on their mind/brain/body. Their anxiety becomes an autostress disorder wherein their own stress system no longer protects them from danger, but alerts them to danger when there is none. Clients with anxiety disorders are confused by the symptoms,as well as by different therapists they encounter who ascribe to the various brand name therapies.

 

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Agenda:

Definition Overview (00:00 – 02:00)

  • Stress response systems and how anxiety gets ramped up.

Clinical Approaches (02:00 – 04:00)

  • Therapy approaches to alleviate anxiety

 

Attendance and Location Details

 

Date and Time

 

Friday, October 4th 2024 10:00am to 2:00pm CST / 11:00am to 3:00pm EST / 8:00am to 12:00pm PST

 

*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Explain how the memory systems can be dysregulated.

b). Explain how anxiety disorders ramp up the stress system.

c). Explain the common factors to evidence-based practices for PTSD.

d). Learn and describe ways to help people suffering from trauma.

e). Learn and describe how to help people with generalized anxiety disorder and panic.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): John Arden, PhD, ABPP 

Material Author(s): John Arden, PhD, ABPP 

John Arden, PhD, ABPP, is the author of 15 books (translated into 20 languages), including his most recent, Rewire Your Brain 2.0, Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward Psychotherapy Integration. Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, as well as Brain-Based Therapy with Adults and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Dr. Arden previously served as Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. He oversaw the training programs in 24 medical centers where over 150 postdoctoral residents and interns are trained each year. This was one of the largest mental health training programs in the world. He has presented seminars and workshops in over 30 countries and in all US States.

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Live – Advanced EMDR Methods: Using Parts Work, Ego States, & Feeling State Theory

Live – Advanced EMDR Methods: Using Parts Work, Ego States, & Feeling State Theory

While working with psychological “parts” reached pop status with the advent of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory, the concept of “parts work” is a concept that resonates with many therapists and clients alike. Consequently, we are starting to see it used in conjunction with many popular therapy approaches., your favorite trauma therapy included!

EMDR is a much more flexible tool than many people think. Beyond its classic applications, it can also be helpful as a tool to address several different common elements of trauma dysfunction, within the classic 8 phase approach.

This course will focus on learning advanced EMDR ego state interventions to work with some of your most challenging clients within EMDR. This training will include elements of parts work, ego state interventions and feeling state theory. You will learn specific interventions to use for complex PTSD, addictive and compulsive disorders, fears, and phobias.

 

 

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Attendance and Location Details

 

Date and Time

 

**This is a special 2-day, 12-CE live webinar event***

Day 1

Friday, September 27, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm EST / 7:00am – 2:30pm PST

Day 2

Saturday, September 28, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm EST / 7:00am – 2:30pm PST

 

*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date

 

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Recognize and address different types of dissociation with trauma clients.

b). Analyze and describe common barriers encountered in EMDR treatment.

c). Understand different attachment styles and how they impact processing.

d). Analyze and understand different attachment styles and how to work with each within the EMDR therapy framework.

e). Identify and describe common blocks or resistive behaviors that clients exhibit during EMDR processing.

f). Learn and practice how to use interweaves to assist clients in moving through blocked processing and assist them with resolving traumatic parts of themselves.

g). Learn and understand ‘parts’ work with trauma clients and how to address these ‘parts’ within the classic EMDR framework.

h). Identify and describe the different roles that ‘parts’ play in traumatic healing and survival.

i). Utilize and acknowledge ‘parts’ in EMDR processing.

j). Assess different interventions and techniques used to bring ‘parts’ forward for healing.

k). Understand and describe how addiction can be a ‘maladaptive part’ related to trauma.

l). Identify techniques and tools for working with these addicted ‘parts’ during EMDR therapy.

Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel,  and Healthcare Workers.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Megan Salar, MSW, ACADC

Material Author(s): Megan Salar, MSW, ACADC

Megan Salar, MSW, ACADC, is an EMDR Clinician, Trainer and Author who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University in 2011. She has been extensively trained on the use of EMDR and other trauma-based interventions, and she specializes in the areas of trauma, abuse, attachment and substance abuse. Megan has trained thousands of clinicians across the U.S. and internationally to help them get the most out of EMDR, trauma and addiction treatment skills and evidence-informed best practices. Megan is the author of “EMDR Workbook for Trauma and PTSD: Skills to Manage Triggers, Move Beyond Traumatic Memories, and Take Back Your Life”, released by New Harbinger Publications in May of 2023. She is set to release “EMDR for Dummies” with Wiley Publishing in May of 2024. Megan previously owned/operated an intensive outpatient treatment center that was voted best in practice in 2019. She currently owns and operates her own Counseling, Consulting, and Training Business and is passionate about genuinely changing the landscape of mental health and trauma treatment through an authentic hands-on perspective that is uniquely her own.

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

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Live – EMDR Skills for Attachment Wounds & Trauma in Children & Adolescents

Live – EMDR Skills for Attachment Wounds & Trauma in Children & Adolescents

We know from the landmark ACES study that small t and large T trauma especially may increase the prevalence of mental health disorders and overall psychological impairment both during childhood and into adulthood if left untreated. Most experts argue that trauma from attachment rupture and caregiver abuse or neglect can be the most devastating in terms of an overall psychological health prognosis.

The neurobiology of attachment and trauma are closely related and impact child and adolescent brain development. EMDR and Attachment Based Interventions are effective at healing the damage from attachment wounds and traumatic experiences of a child and/or adolescent. Learn specific interventions that will assist you in working with trauma and attachment repair as it applies to children and adolescent populations.

 

 

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Attendance and Location Details

 

Date and Time

 

**This is a special 2-day, 12-CE live webinar event***

Day 1

Friday, September 6, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm EST / 7:00am – 2:30pm PST

Day 2

Saturday, September 7, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST / 10:00am – 5:30pm EST / 7:00am – 2:30pm PST

 

*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date

 

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Learn and describe the basics of how attachment and trauma impact brain development.

b). Assess how to differentiate between trauma, attachment and other underlying mental health concerns.

c). Analyze and demonstrate how to establish and utilize regulation techniques with children and adolescent trauma responses.

d). Identify neurobiological deficits related to trauma and attachment.

e). Learn and practice specific EMDR based resourcing techniques to assist with emotion regulation.

f). Demonstrate how to utilize attachment based interventions to create stabilization within children and adolescent populations.

g). Explain how EMDR is able to target trauma and attachment based deficits.

h). Learn and apply different forms of dual awareness for children and adolescent clients.

i). Learn and practice different trauma screening tools that are effective in diagnosing early experiences of trauma.

j). Explain how to utilize somatic based techniques to regulate emotional disturbance.

k). Learn and practice specific crisis management techniques to use with children and adolescents.

l). Learn how to stabilize emotional reactivity and emotional dissociation in children and adolescents.

Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel,  and Healthcare Workers.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Megan Salar, MSW, ACADC

Material Author(s): Megan Salar, MSW, ACADC

Megan Salar, MSW, ACADC, is an EMDR Clinician, Trainer and Author who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University in 2011. She has been extensively trained on the use of EMDR and other trauma-based interventions, and she specializes in the areas of trauma, abuse, attachment and substance abuse. Megan has trained thousands of clinicians across the U.S. and internationally to help them get the most out of EMDR, trauma and addiction treatment skills and evidence-informed best practices. Megan is the author of “EMDR Workbook for Trauma and PTSD: Skills to Manage Triggers, Move Beyond Traumatic Memories, and Take Back Your Life”, released by New Harbinger Publications in May of 2023. She is set to release “EMDR for Dummies” with Wiley Publishing in May of 2024. Megan previously owned/operated an intensive outpatient treatment center that was voted best in practice in 2019. She currently owns and operates her own Counseling, Consulting, and Training Business and is passionate about genuinely changing the landscape of mental health and trauma treatment through an authentic hands-on perspective that is uniquely her own.

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

Featured Materials :

Course materials (including the link to view live events) are sent to webinar and in-person attendees 24-48 hours before the event start time. Course materials for online asynchronous courses are found in the Lesson module after a course is purchased.