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Personality Disorders

Uncover and address personality patterns that are causing impairments


To understand the nature of a personality disorder, it is necessary to analyze what personality means and how it functions in a person to help them navigate the ups and downs of life. Personality disorders are characterized by behavior patterns that create problems in relationships with other people, including loved ones and caregivers. One challenge for the practitioners is that it is hard to confront these patterns while maintaining rapport. While it’s important to fully describe personality disorders, this class also practices communication techniques for common situations that arise as a result of the disorders.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between personality disorders and other psychiatric disorders

  • Recognize personality profiles in a person’s behavior

  • Develop and practice skills for an effective communication style for responding to problematic characteristics

  • Strategies for when typical channels of communication don’t work

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
     LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.ADC.008)
     LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.018)

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