How can we differentiate bipolar disorder from borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or a cognitive lack of empathy from the emotional lack of empathy that is part of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)? Although personality disorders are often talked about, their symptoms can be difficult to recognise - particularly by novice therapists who may be baffled by behaviours associated with personality disorders. This seminar will provide an understanding of the ten DSM-5 listed personality disorders, with an emphasis on: learning to identify the symptoms; understanding the lived experience of consumers; and learning to manage some of the difficult behaviours.
The morning session of the seminar will explore eight personality disorders: paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal (cluster A); avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive (cluster C): and histrionic and antisocial (cluster B).
The afternoon session will focus on the two most prominent cluster B personality disorders: BPD and NPD. For all personality disorders, the topics will include: (1) identification of symptoms and behaviours using case studies; (2) causes; (3) comorbidities; (4) the lived experience of consumers using audiovisual material; (5) treatment options (or the lack thereof); and (6) strategies for managing difficult behaviours.
The presentation style will be interactive, encouraging participant contributions and questions.
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Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD, teaches at the University of Adelaide. She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.
Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with a variety of mental health issues. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the University of Adelaide, the Professional Development People, and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.
Learning objectives of this training:
- Understanding key characteristics of personality disorders.
- Recognising associated behaviours.
- Understanding the lived experience.
- Learning about strategies to manage some of the challenging behaviours associated with personality disorders, particularly BPD and NPD.
“This seminar will focus on skills in identifying symptoms of personality disorders, and how to manage some of the associated challenging behaviours.” Renata Porzig-Drummond
How will you benefit from attending this training?
- Learn to identify symptoms of the ten personality disorders.
- Learn to recognise the associated behaviours.
- Understand causes, comorbidities, and the lived experience of consumers.
- Learn to manage the challenging behaviours associated with personality disorders.
Brief overview of the 10 personality disorders:
- Causes (psychological and biological)
- Comorbidities and prevalence
- Evidence-based treatments
Exploration of the three Cluster A and three Cluster C personality disorders, as well as Histrionic and Antisocial Personality Disorders (Cluster B):
- Identification of symptoms in case studies
- Lived experience (including audiovisual material/ interviews with consumers)
- Strategies for managing difficult behaviours.
Evaluation and post-test - your payment includes a free post-test which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the test, please log into your account at pdp-catalogue.com.au and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.
For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one week of viewing the program. (There is no deadline to complete the post-test for digital downloads)
This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.