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Individuals with borderline personality disorder 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. DBT has paved the way in pioneering new attitudes and outcomes when working with this population. Most practitioners are trained in dialectical behavior therapy. However, DBT is only one of several empirically supported treatments for BPD. Thus, psychologists and other clinical mental health practitioners are now able to bring a more complex, integrative approach to bear on this once heavily stigmatized disorder (or set of cluster B features). This 6 hour training will give you an in-depth understanding of BPD, help you make and have a conversation about the diagnosis in a way that minimizes client resistance and enhances motivation, and it will offer practical, evidence-based treatment strategies that actually work. Leave this in-depth Diagnosis and Treatment seminar with a comprehensive knowledge of a condition that was once considered untreatable. Take away a broad repertoire of tools to add to your toolbox to assess, diagnosis, and compassionately treat this population and help them discover their own life worth living.



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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Describe the 9 diagnostic criteria for BPD, addressing key differential diagnosis concerns.

b). Learn and practice how to convey the BPD diagnosis to clients and family members in a way that decreases defensiveness and increases engagement.

c). Identify 8 motivations for non-suicidal self-injury and use strategies for appropriate intervention in response to each.

d). Identify and analyze the 18 maladaptive schemas that drive destructive behaviors in BPD.

e). Prepare and utilize case conceptualization maps that enhance collaboration and drive your treatment planning, agenda setting, and documentation.

f). Apply an integrated CBT/DBT/Schema therapy model to clients with BPD and implement treatment plans incorporating both individual and group therapy components.


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.

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