Personality Disorder Treatment Toolkit: From Domination to Collaboration


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“Before I even realized it, sessions turned from collaborative to controlling, and I was on the short end of it.”Anonymous therapist on what it was like to realize his difficult client may have a full blow Cluster B personality disorder.

People with strong personality disorder traits often don’t present to therapy specifically for PD treatment, but it is not uncommon to see them in therapy for various other presenting concerns (most often driven by underlying PD traits). So, undoubtedly you will see a handful of these clients in your practice, no matter the population you treat or setting you practice in, which makes a certain set of PD treatment skills that much more valuable for any therapist who wishes to find successful outcomes in the most challenging of clinical circumstances.

Personality disordered individuals can be some of the most difficult consumers of mental health services for psychologists and others mental health clinicians to treat effectively. Clearing the fog surrounding the different conditions and getting to the core of each individual client make-up 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, disheartened, and even completely burned out.

In this full day training, Jeff will also cover each of the DSM-5 personality disorders and give you simple but effective engagement, management, and treatment techniques for each clinical presentation. 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 engaging and enriched skills-based training feeling revitalized – equipped with a new, comprehensive, empowering approach to assess, conceptualize, and treat this difficult population in a way that offers hope for patients and reinvigoration for providers.



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Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, February 16, 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




This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Describe diagnostic criteria and explain key differential diagnosis considerations for each of the 10 DSM 5 personality disorders.

b). Identify and describe etiological and epidemiological factors associated with each of the DSM 5 personality disorders.

c). Learn and discuss evidence-based treatment models and apply an integrated cognitive approach to clients with strong PD features.

d). Learn and explain 18 early maladaptive schemas driving target behaviors including historical, cultural, and other environmental risk factors influencing them.

e). Utilize case conceptualization maps to drive agenda setting, treatment planning, and documentation.

f). Assess the treatability of each disorder and plan symptom-targeted interventions for each.

g). Identify targets for Behavioral Pattern Breaking to disrupt vicious PD-driven cycles.

h). Learn and discuss the 8 motivations for NSSI and utilize effective interventions for each.

i). Utilize schema mode work with narcissistic clients.

j). Identify 3 common warning signs for symptom relapse.

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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