Personality Disorder Certification

This online course will consist of 6, 4 hour sessions. The program will be streaming live on

Friday, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024

Registration will close on Monday, April 1, 2024

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 15, 2024. Participants are encouraged to attend the live sessions to be able to interact and participate in group discussions/activities. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the session airs for recorded footage to become available.

Workshop Description:

Learning Objectives:


Session 1 - Assessment and Diagnosis

Introductory Remarks and Certification Course Opening

  • Rationale for the training and “sneak peak behind the curtain”

  • Etiological Considerations and Biopsychosocial Model

Making a Personality Disorder Diagnosis

  • Rationale for Making a PD Diagnosis and Telling the Client

  • History of personality conceptualization in DSM & why an “Axis II?”

  • Categorial vs. Dimensional Models and Current Conceptualization

  • Clinical Distinctions

Cluster A Diagnosis

  • SchizotypalPD - Schizoid PD

  • Paranoid PD

Cluster C Diagnosis - 30 Min

  • Avoidant PD

  • DependentPD - OCPD

Non-BPDCluster B Diagnosis

  • HistrionicPD

  • Antisocial PD

  • Narcissistic PD

Making a BPD Diagnosis

  • Subtypes

  • Having “the talk” with clients and family

  • Differential diagnosis (Emphasis on Bipolar DO andPTSD)

  • Motivations for Non-suicidal self-injury and treatment implications  

Summary,Q&A, and Dismissal

Session 2 - Evidence Based Treatment and Case Conceptualization

EvidenceBased Treatments

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Schema Therapy

  • Mentalisation Based Therapy

  • Transference Focused Psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal Group Therapy

Integrated Treatment Approach


  • Mindfulness

  • Emotion Regulation Skills

  • Distress Tolerance Skills

  • Interpersonal EffectivenessSkills


  • Socialization to the model that elicits client buy-in and improves outcomes

  • Problem solving strategies

  • Beliefs in 3 areas that impact client symptomatology and presenting problems


  • Jeff Young’s 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas

  • Characteristics of Schemas

  • Schema Maintenance

Case Conceptualization

  • Roadmap to Recovery

  • Treatment Planning

  • Documentation

Summary, Q&A and Dismissal

Session 3 - Treatment, Part 1

Non BPD Treatment Strategies

Schizotypal PD Schizoid PD Paranoid PD

Avoidant PD Dependent PD OCPD Histrionic PDAntisocial PD Narcissistic PD

Treatment Set Up: The Underpinnings of Successful Outcomes

  • “TheFrame” - Treatment Agreements  

  • Structure of Programming

  • Consent for Treatment

Skills Training Groups Standard CBT Skills

  • Symptom-targeted strategies

  • Relationship management

  • Labeling BPD distortions

  • Elicitingand restructuring BPD specific cognitions

  • Anger management

Summary, Q&A, and Dismissal

Session 4 - Treatment, Part 2

SkillsTraining Groups DBT Skills

  • Mindfulness

  • Grounding exercises

  • The Function of feelings

  • Emotional Intensity and regulation work

  • Distraction techniques

  • Soothing strategies

  • Opposite action

  • Radical acceptance

  • Improving the moment

  • Developing mastery

  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

Individual Therapy

  • The thinking of the therapist

  • Diary cards

  • Session acuity protocol

  • Complex chain analysis

  • Dealing with therapy-interfering behaviours

  • Integrated case study

Schema Groups

  • Schema psychoeducation

  • Behavioural pattern-breaking - Schema construction

  • Data logs

  • Internalisation exercises

  • Mode Dialogues

Relapse Prevention and Ending Treatment Well

  • Warning signs for relapse - “Episode management” - “Ways I know I’m Better” - The “road to recovery”

  • Booster sessions

  • Relapse prevention plans

  • Summary, Q&A, and Dismissal

Who Should Attend:

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Course Instructor:

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