The client whose problems meet the DSM-5® criteria for personality disorder can be the most difficult client in your caseload to treat. They may require more time in therapy, more energy and involvement on your part, experience a greater number of life crises, and create more upset with their family, work, and social systems than virtually any other diagnostic group. Often being “sent” for therapy rather than choosing therapy, their motivation for change may be limited and their personality disorders is likely co-morbid with other exacerbating disorders.
Watch Brooks Baer, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and take home an integrated approach for working with these challenging clients.
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Brooks W. Baer, MA, LCPC, LMFT, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been involved in the mental health field for over 25 years. He has well over 20,000 therapy hours and has conducted over 5,000 diagnostic interviews in emergency department settings. Brooks has been a student of CBT for the past 20 years and has logged thousands of hours with a wide variety of patient populations. He has successfully used these principles in hundreds of cases and understands the real world application of this effective treatment modality. You will benefit from his technical understanding of these theories as well as his clinical expertise.
Since 2006, Brooks has taught seminars to more than 8,000 mental health professionals across the country. He currently splits his time between an Emergency Crisis Response team and teaching. Brooks brings you the latest research regarding both therapy and neuroscience; using his extensive clinical experience, he's able to translate that information into useful principles that can be used every day.
He encourages questions and discussion in order to insure that those who attend his seminars obtain the information they need to be more effective in their various roles. Brooks' use of humor, relevant examples and his ability to elicit lively audience interaction helps make a tough subject "Fun" ... the day will "Fly".
Financial: Brooks Baer is in private practice. He receives compensation as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Great Falls. Mr. Baer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Brooks Baer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
- Categorize the essential characteristics of each of the personality disorders in DSM-5® for clinical assessment.
- Determine the “hidden agendas” of each of the personality disorders as they relate to case conceptualization.
- Describe how transference and countertransference can affect clinical management and treatment outcomes.
- Explain the boundary violation traps inherent in each of the personality disorder relationships as it relates to clinical treatment.
- Utilize tools to assess treatability and prognosis early on in the therapy.
- Evaluate the efficacy of various treatment methods for personality disorders including DBT and CBT.
- Manage client’s suicidality, self-injurious behavior and violence with clinical strategies.
I. Learn the DSM-5® Personality Disorder System
II. “It’s all About Me.” The Challenge of the Hidden Agenda
- What is personality, where does it come from and where does it go?
- Attachment-the lifelong problem
- Personality pathology: genes vs. family vs. friends. vs. fate
- Personality disorders
- Spectrum or category
- Discrete or complex
- Bump in the road or end of the line
- Why can’t we all just get along?
III. Actually, It’s All About You
- The core of the personality disorder: The unchanging agenda
- A review of the DSM-5® personality disorders and their agendas:
- Criteria changes:
- Antisocial (and Psychopaths!)
- Trait Specified (PDTS) What is that?
- General Criteria for Personality Disorders
- Levels of Personality Functioning
- Personality Trait Domains
IV. What Works and What Doesn’t with Personality Disorders
- Transference & Countertransference
- What does transference and countertransference look like in our work?
- Boundary crossings and boundary violations
- Countdown to Calm
- How to tell when you are headed for disaster and how to intervene
V. Nobody Gets Hurt: Violence, Suicide & Manipulation
- Polypharmacy and the borderline client
- DBT, CBT and all the rest-which therapy for whom? What’s the evidence and what’s the truth
- Generic, but incredibly useful, therapy strategies for each disorder
- Are some disorders hopeless?
- Self-injurious behavior
- The frustration of recurrent suicidal behavior
- Suicide risk assessment
- Keeping yourself safe
Limitations of Research and Potential Risks
Please Note: PESI is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.
- Social Workers
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- Addiction Counselors
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Other Mental Health Professionals