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Personality Disorders: Progress in Understanding Etiology Innovations in Assessment and Treatment

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CE Credits: 3 Credits
Length: 3 Hours
Level: Introductory
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB, ANCC, NBCC, NAADAC, CPA
Training Style: Video
Category: STS Training Series
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
Research on personality disorder has increased considerably in recent years leading to fundamental changes in ideas about the structure, origins, classification, and treatment of this disorder. This training will provide a broad overview of this work and its implications for assessment and treatment. Progress in understanding the dimensional structure of personality disorder will be discussed in terms of its implications for future classifications, assessment, and treatment planning. Traditional ideas that personality disorder arises from psychosocial adversity are being supplemented with an understanding of genetic influences on personality that have important implications for treatment and ideas about the nature of therapeutic change. It will be argued that these developments, along with the results of systematic evaluations of treatment outcome, point to the importance of an integrated and eclectic approach to treatment that combines strategies and interventions from different therapeutic models. NOTE: This training was filmed in front of a live audience at an event organized by Specialized Training Services.
Trainer Biography
John Livesley, MD, PhD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He obtained his MD as well as a PhD in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. He has held academic appointments in psychology at the University of Liverpool and in psychiatry at the Universities of Edinburgh and Calgary. Dr. Livesley’s research focuses on the classification, assessment, and etiology of personality disorders and the development of an integrated approach to treatment. He is a Fellow the Royal Society of Canada and editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders. He has served as advisor to the DSM-III-R and DSM-IV and is a member of the DSM-5 Working Group on the classification of personality disorder. He has made empirical and theoretical contributions to the literature on personality disorder including several books: Practical Management of Personality Disorder (2003) and three edited books – DSM-IV Personality Disorders (1995), The Handbook of Personality Disorders (2001), and Severe Personality Disorders (2007).
Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  • Define what constitutes a personality disorder
  • Discuss the limitations of categorical diagnoses and the emerging consensus on the dimensional structure of personality disorder
  • Describe how the interplay of genes and environment contributes to the pathogenesis of personality disorder
  • Identify best practices in the treatment of personality disorders

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