Seminar Detail

Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic: Effective Treatment for Cluster B Personality Disorders

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Join clinician and author, Dr. Arlene Montgomery, as she delivers an intensive workshop and seminar designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to accurately identify and treat your most difficult personality disordered clients. Address the neurobiological origins (around early attachment strategies) of antisocial, narcissist, histrionic and borderline personality functioning and implications for clinical treatment, particularly the self-regulation issues as expressed within treatment alliance. Examine how early attachment may lead to predictable arousal regulation issues.
  • Antisocial personality issues: Address manipulative and possibly threatening antisocial behaviors
  • Narcissist personality issues: Explore the veneer of perfectionism, shame issues, and their need to control the therapist
  • Histrionic personality issues: Navigate through intense emotions and need for attention
  • Borderline personality issues: Address oscillating emotional states and behaviors such as explosive emotions/cravings for chaos and low affect states

You will walk away with a clear understanding of these complex personality disorders and their neurobiological/attachment origins and how they manifest in your office. Dr. Montgomery will utilize case studies and video examples to illustrate client symptom presentation, treatment, and management of each Cluster B personality organization. With the knowledge and foundation of what creates therapeutic movement, this seminar will explore various aspects of modalities that have been found to be effective with antisocial, narcissistic, histrionic, and borderline personality disorders, such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic and Dialectical therapies. Each of these theories will be explored to provide you with solid and useable skills to include in your daily practice, particularly around emotional regulation of arousal.

  1. Discuss the DSM-5® and how it impacts diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Identify and diagnose antisocial, narcissistic, histrionic, and borderline presentations.
  3. Utilize the five central components to make an accurate diagnosis.
  4. Learn how to clinically address antisocial, narcissistic, histrionic, and borderline symptomatology and how this can better assist with treatment planning and reduction of symptoms.
  5. Identify and counter treatment blockades to make therapeutic gains.
  6. Describe the psychopathological continuum and how it relates to antisocial, narcissistic, histrionic, and borderline personality disorder symptom presentation.
  7. Learn to interpret, respond to, recognize, and prevent and manage suicidal behaviors with antisocial, narcissistic, histrionic, and borderline clients.
  8. Apply evidence-based treatment modalities to produce therapeutic change.


Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW, has taught clinical courses for over 20 years at The University of Texas at Austin and Smith College School for Social Work. She also has a private practice with a focus on clients affected by trauma and is a clinical supervisor for Licensed Masters Social Workers fulfilling their requirements for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensure. She has been the director of Social Services at Child and Family Services, the Settlement Club Home, and Meridell Achievement Center.

The graduate courses include the following topics: understanding transference and counter-transference; interventions using various group modalities; the process of clinical diagnosis; and the neurobiology of attachment and clinical work. Dr. Montgomery presents on topics such as foster care issues; anti-social children; sexually abused children’s special problems; forming therapeutic alliances; supervision issues regarding counter- transference; keeping therapeutic alliance in short-term therapy; and neurobiological findings relevant to the therapeutic alliance, treatment considerations and ethical considerations. She is the author of Neurobiology Essentials for Clinicians: What Every Therapist Needs to Know (WW Norton 2013).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Arlene Montgomery is in private practice. She receives compensation as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas – School of Social Work. Dr. Montgomery receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Arlene Montgomery has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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