The Personality Disorder Toolbox: The Challenge of the Hidden Agenda

The Personality Disorder Toolbox: The Challenge of the Hidden Agenda

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The clients whose problems meet DSM-5® criteria for a personality disorder can be the most difficult clients on your caseload to treat. It is no wonder most social service providers and mental health professionals feel helpless in the face of the obstructive power of a personality disorder in a client or client’s family member. In this seminar you will learn strategies to assess and manage the most treatment resistant conditions, reduce treatment failures and overcome the biggest obstacles to successful treatment outcomes.


Drawing from the most recent outcome literature, clinical trials, case studies and clinical experience, Dr Jeff Riggenbach presents an integrated approach for dealing with these difficult clients. Leave with specific and practical strategies that you can use in your clinical setting immediately.

  • List and summarize the essential characteristics of each of the personality disorders in DSM-5®.
  • Identify the hidden agendas of each of the personality disorders.
  • Assess the treatability and prognosis of each disorder.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of various treatment methods including CBT and DBT.
  • Describe ways to manage suicidality, violence and self-mutilating behavior so no one gets hurt.
  • Outline case conceptualization skills useful for individualizing treatment planning and driving effective treatment.
  • Discover how to actually like your Axis II patients! (or at least develop more frustration tolerance).

Dr Jeff Riggenbach is one of the most sought-after trainers in North America in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and personality functioning. Jeff has devoted the last 17 years of his life to working with clients with various kinds of complex needs. He has developed and overseen Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder treatment programs at two different psychiatric hospitals serving over 3000 clients at multiple levels of care. Dr Riggenbach did post-doctoral training at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has presented in all 50 United States, Mexico, and Canada on topics related to CBT, DBT, and Schema Focused Therapy and Personality Dysfunction. He is on faculty of educational institutes in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.


Dr Riggenbach has authored three books. His best-seller, The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians, was recently named one of the 30 best self- help books for depression. His recently published BPD Toolbox: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide to Regulating Intense Emotions won two Benjamin Franklin awards for being among the best books in the categories of psychology and self-help. His third book, The Personality Disorder Toolbox, was released in November 2018. Jeff is known for bridging the gap between academia, research findings and day-to-day practical application and his seminars receive the highest evaluations in terms of quality of information as well as entertainment value.

This online workshop with Dr Jeff Riggenbach will give you instant access to 11+ hours of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloads for PowerPoint slides, references and additional course materials. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short evaluation quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.