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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Personality Disorders
Fundamental and Advanced Considerations

Arthur Freeman, Ed.D.
Catalogue # F0801 ($85.00)

A 12 credit CE Credit Hour post-test is included with the audio tapes.
Those who submit a passing post test and pay the additional CE fee ($65) will receive a certificate of completion good for 12 CE Credit Hour

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Program Description

Patients with the more “garden variety” diagnoses of depression and anxiety are relatively easy to treat. In fact, they often get well in spite of the therapy or the therapist. They respond well to medication, self-help, and traditional CBT.

There are however, a number of patients whose problems have so interfered with their functioning that they can easily be the most difficult patient in the clinician’s caseload. They often require more time in therapy, require more energy and time from the therapist, may have great difficulty making progress in treatment, or make no progress at all. Their problems are numerous, they may be poorly motivated, have low levels of adaptive functioning, and often have diagnoses on all four axes. The key words for these patients are comorbidity, refractive, and challenging.

These patients may come to therapy at the request or demand of others, and they see their problems to be external, that is, the problems are those of the world, and not of their making or responsibility. These diagnoses will include all the personality disorders, those patients diagnosed in Cluster B (Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic and Antisocial), dual diagnosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and refractory depression and anxiety.

Through the use of videotapes, role playing, experiential techniques, didactic presentations, class discussion, case presentations, and readings, this workshop will focus on the conceptualization and application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the difficult and complex patient.

  • Identify and describe the steps required to develop a Cognitive Behavioral treatment conceptualization for treating patients with personality disorders and other complex problems.
  • Use the Diagnostic Profiling System (DPS) to gather data and direct the therapy plan
  • Describe the differences between therapeutic strategies and technical interventions
  • Define four areas of impediment to therapeutic progress
  • Describe the rationale for using cognitive and/or behavioral interventions
  • Identify ten cognitive interventions for treating difficult patients
  • Identify ten behavioral interventions for treating difficult patients
  • Understanding the Complex Patient: An integrative approach
  • Developing Conceptual Models for Treatment: Data collection, assessment and treatment
  • Small Group Work in Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
  • Dealing With Resistance and Impediments to Change Countertransference
  • Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Interventions
  • Clinical Illustrations, Questions, and Discussion
Continuing Education Approvals
This training program will be of interest to:
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • mental health counselors
  • case managers
  • psychiatric nurses
  • drug & alcohol counselors
  • rehabilitation counselors
  • psychiatrists
  • school counselors and psychologists
  • graduate students

J&K Seminars, LLC is approved to offer continuing education for the following professions in most states:

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Drug & Alcohol Professionals
  • PA Act 48 Educators


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Arthur Freeman, Ed.D.

Arthur (Art) Freeman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Director of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He completed his doctoral work at Teachers College-Columbia University. He studied with Albert Ellis, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Aaron T. Beck.

In addition to 50 book chapters, reviews and journal articles, Art has published twenty professional books and two trade books, “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Overcoming Mistakes and Missed Opportunities” and “The Ten Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make, and How to Overcome Them.” His professional and popular work has been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

He holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, of the American Psychological Society, and of the Academy of Clinical Psychology.


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