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Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders

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Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders

Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders course is a BOOK COURSE and requires the purchase of the book if not already owned. (See Pricing page for details)

Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders (Third Edition) Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe at least two foundational concepts of Cognitive Therapy in treating personality disorders.
  2. Identify at least one specific CT key treatment goal for Borderline PD.
  3. Identify at least one specific CT key treatment goal for Histrionic PD.
  4. Describe at least one specific CT treatment interventions for Narcissistic PD.
  5. Describe at least one specific CT treatment interventions for Borderline PD.
  6. Describe at least one specific CT treatment interventions for Histrionic PD.
  7. Explain at least two clinical ways in which CT is effective with Histrionic PD.
  8. Explain at least two clinical ways in which CT is effective with Borderline PD.
  9. Describe at least one fundamental concept behind the blueprint for cognitive therapy of personality disorders.
  10. Discuss at least two clinician self care strategies and techniques in working with personality disorders.

Course Outline:

  1. Theory, Research, and Clinical Methods
    1. Overview of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Personality Disorders.
    2. Theory of Personality Disorders.
    3. Assessment of Personality Pathology.
    4. Neural Mechanisms of Maladaptive Schemas and Modes in Personality Disorders.
    5. General Principles and Specialized Techniques in Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders.
    6. The Therapeutic Alliance with Patients with Personality Disorders.
    7. Diversity, Culture and Personality Disorders.
  2. Clinical Applications
    1. Dependent PD
    2. Avoidant PD
    3. Obsessive-Compulsive PD
    4. Paranoid, Schizotypal, and Schizoid PDs
    5. Passive-Agressive PD
    6. Narcissistic PD
    7. Histrionic PD
    8. Antisocial PD
    9. Borderline PD

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: Aaron T. Beck, MD

Aaron T. Beck, MD, is globally recognized as the father of cognitive therapy (CT) and one of the world’s leading researchers in psychopathology. He has been credited with shaping the face of American psychiatry, and The American Psychologist has called him “one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time.”

Educational and professional background

Dr. Beck graduated from Brown University in 1942 and Yale Medical School in 1946. Originally trained as a psychoanalyst, his explorations into psychoanalytic concepts of depression while working as a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania led to his development of CT, which has since been found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders.  Dr. Beck has developed a number of scales to measure psychopathology that are used broadly throughout the world. He has participated on review panels of the National Institute of Mental Health, served on the editorial boards of many journals and lectured internationally. He has been a visiting scientist of the Medical Research Council at Oxford and a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale and Columbia. He is a visiting fellow of Wolfson College. He is also the honorary president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a nonprofit organization of more than 800 certified cognitive therapists and 100 general members worldwide.

Publications, awards and honors

Dr. Beck has published more than 600 articles and authored or co-authored 25 books. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research and the Gustave O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine for “outstanding national achievement in improving personal health care services in the United States.”

Dr. Aaron Beck’s Publications
Dr. Aaron Beck’s Awards
Dr. Aaron Beck’s Research Interests
Learn more about Dr. Aaron Beck
Read Dr. Aaron Beck’s Recent Article: Advances in Cognitive Theory and Therapy: The Generic Cognitive Model*


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