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Personality Disorders—A Trait-Based View: Providing a new lens for assessment and treatment

Dr Luke Hockey, MAPS FCFP
One full day
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“This training will focus on a new, trait-based approach to personality disorders which will broaden and deepen your understanding of challenging presentations and provide you with practical treatment skills.” -- Dr Luke Hockey

The theory that personality disorders are separate and distinct categories is becoming outdated…

Because that approach omits the traumatic development of the disorders. And, it requires you to squeeze your clients’ symptoms into a neat little PD assessment checklist…

Which rarely works.

But in this LIVE 1-day training, Dr Luke Hockey reveals a nuanced, trait-based approach to treating individuals with personality disorders. You’ll discover how to:

  • Incorporate a client’s unique trauma response and their history into your assessment
  • Use an individual’s personality traits to identify where they fall on the personality disorder spectrum
  • Develop practical skills—for both you and your clients
  • Develop effective treatment plans specific to each client
  • And SO much more!

This interactive training event will revolutionise your understanding of—and the way you work with—personality disorders...

And give you powerful interventions you can use in your practice right away.

You’ll walk away with a better understanding of personality disorders, better therapeutic relationships with your clients, and the power to help them overcome their challenges.

Register today and you’ll get access to the recording for three months. And you can upgrade to lifetime access for just $29!


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Dr Luke Hockey is an endorsed forensic psychologist with over 10 years experience working with individuals with personality disorders. He has worked in private practice, public and private prisons, hospitals and for not-for-profit community organisations. Luke has delivered lectures and training workshops for Deakin University, ISN Psychology College, the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, and government departments. He is passionate about working with challenging clients and providing avenues for change, as well as assisting other clinicians to develop their skills in this area. Luke currently works in private practice, treating a variety of clients, writing psycho-legal assessment reports for court and providing supervision to other mental health professionals.

Registration Details

Live Interactive Online Training

Fees: $199 Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event).

$99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer).

$29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • After the training, complete the evaluation and quiz in your account to get your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training.
  • Your registration includes lifetime access to digital copies of training the handouts.
  • A recording of this training will be available in your account 3-4 weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months. You’ll receive an email notification when the recording becomes available.
  • If, for any reason, you’re unable to join the live training on the day, you can watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz, and get your certificate any time before the end of the three-month viewing period.

Email reminders for the event are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


  1. Develop an understanding of the categorical and dimensional approach of personality disorders and how they differ
  2. Develop an understanding of formulation using the dimensional approach
  3. Learn practical skills to use when undertaking treatment with this population
  4. Develop an understanding of the importance of the therapeutic relationship with this population
  5. Understand why, in order to effectively treat an individual with a personality disorder, clinicians must address the trauma history

How Will you Benefit From This Training?

  • Understand a new approach to formulating, assessing and treating individuals with personality disorders that aligns with the current literature
  • Broaden and deepen your understanding of your clients with personality disorders
  • Learn practical treatment skills that you can use with your clients 


Morning Session 

  • Overview of the 10 personality disorders from both the categorical and dimensional (trait-based) lens
  • How the 10 personality disorders, as viewed from the trait-based perspective, correlate to risky behaviours such as self-harm, substance use and offending behaviours
  • Discussion of whether personality changes over time at the trait level and how this relates to our work as clinicians

Afternoon Session

  • Treatment approaches within the trait-based lens, including how the following modalities have been typically used to treat personality disorders: DBT, Schema Therapy and Mentalisation-Based Treatment
  • Discussion on trauma: the forms it can take, why it is so important to process it, and evidence-based therapeutic modalities that allow you to do so
  • Treatment challenges, including the manipulation of interpersonal boundaries and what to do with a client who doesn’t want to be there
  • Brief overview of the research on the effectiveness of treatment for personality disordered individuals

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for clinicians working in mental health including psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers and mental health nurses.

The material is intended to introduce the theory and clinical practice for application following the training.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15-minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15-minute break at 2:45pm)

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