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Rewiring the Brain
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
4/26/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Select therapeutic methods for neural repair based on the neuroscience of implicit traits and temperamental characteristics of five personality disorders.
  2. Teach clients with Antisocial Personality Disorder how to manage impulsivity and high-risk behavior through training of the "wise mind”.
  3. Develop dialectical constructs to enhance awareness and motivation in clients diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  4. Incorporate techniques that help clients with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder identify and express emotion.
  5. Determine how clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder can utilize journaling techniques to discover and process implicit memories that create mood and behavioral instability.
  6. Integrate tools from EMDR to help clients move past therapeutic obstacles posed by histories of trauma or abuse.
The Development of Personality Disorders
  • Biology and temperament
  • Agency and a desire to be affiliated
  • Anxiety and harm avoidance
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology – The concept of neural repair and neural integration
Treatment Strategies

Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety and APD
    • Develop harm avoidance
    • Utilize active relaxation
    • Anxiety in disguise: Find anxiety and tame Anger with the anger diary
    • Anger escalator tools for anger management
  • Depression and the Antisocial PD
    • The hidden emotion
    • Cost-benefit analysis of behaviors
    • Use HALT tips to modulate expression
  • Interpersonal Relationship and APD
    • Turn agency into positive paths
    • Journaling to identify implicit memory to increase awareness
    • Train the “wise mind” for better self-control
    • Storytelling for attunement and empathy
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety and NPD
    • Diminish the intensity of harm avoidance
    • Teach appropriate assertiveness
    • Worry management strategies
    • Energy therapies and self-soothing
    • Dispute irrational fears of humiliation
  • Depression and NPD
    • Increase agency
    • Accept responsibility for vicious circles of grandiosity and loss
    • Battle grandiosity by increasing achievement
    • Improving awareness of and attunement to others
    • Mindfulness techniques and cost-benefit analysis
  • Interpersonal Relationships and NPD
    • Using desire for affiliation
    • Reframe indifference to others and motivate connection with dialectical constructs
    • Genuine contributions: The path to legitimate self-worth
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety and OCPD
    • Breaking the rule of harm avoidance
    • Identify the conflict with inner values
    • CBT to change worry and rumination
    • Real self-focusing techniques to find feelings
    • Discharging anger – the underlying trigger of anxiety
    • Learning to tolerate anxiety of making mistakes
    • Breaking free from “technology slavery”
  • Depression and OCPD
    • Increase positive agency
    • Change derogatory self-talk
    • Interrupt and dispute compulsive behavior
    • Prescribe fun!
  • Interpersonal relationships and OCPD
    • Affiliation and anger
    • Mindfulness practices to increase attunement to others
    • ”I” statements and negotiation skills
    • Deflate resistance to increase self/other honesty
    • Systems therapy strategies
    • Eliminate passive aggression
Borderline Personality Disorder: The Quest for Connection
  • Anxiety and BPD
    • The forgetfulness of harm avoidance
    • Fill in skills deficits: Teach and practice conflict resolution skills
    • Ground techniques to increase emotional stability
    • Journaling techniques
  • Depression and the BPD
    • The forgetfulness of agency
    • Interrupt self-injurious behavior
    • EMDR practices to loosen the grip of the past
    • Minimize catastrophic rumination w/CBT
  • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Craving affiliation and its destructive impact
    • Improve therapeutic relationships
    • Relationship histories
    • Practice assertiveness vs aggression


Kenneth B. Cairns, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with 25 years of experience conducting and overseeing the delivery of mental health services to individuals with severe mood and personality disorders. Dr. Cairns received his graduate education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Since that time, he has spent nearly 19 years providing and overseeing the delivery of mental health services to individuals incarcerated in the Pennsylvania state correctional system. In this capacity, Dr. Cairns has worked with numerous individuals with severe personality and behavioral disorders. At the present time, he oversees the delivery of mental health services to individuals in nine state correctional institutions.

Dr. Cairns has instructed undergraduate coursework in psychology and criminology at the University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hill University. He has also instructed graduate-level courses in behavioral analysis at Waynesburg University. He has trained law enforcement officers, negotiators, psychologists, and allied health care professionals. Dr. Cairns lectures frequently on topics including personality disorders, psychopathy, behavioral analysis, serial killers, mental preparedness, situational awareness, and a variety of other topics.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kenneth Cairns has an employment relationship with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kenneth Cairns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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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.

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals