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CBT for Cluster B Personality Disorders
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
$99.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on July 18, 2019.
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DVD Video - 2-4 hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
7/18/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Differentiate diagnostically between the four Cluster B personality disorders to accurately inform the treatment planning process.
  2. Utilize treatment interventions based in cognitive and behavioral approaches, including exposure, chain analysis. ABC records and challenging distortions, for clients diagnosed with personality disorders.
  3. Recognize and address potential clinical issues including crisis management, countertransference, boundary setting and self-care.
  4. Implement mindfulness-based interventions to increase clients’ psychological flexibility and decrease emotional intensity. 
What You Need to Know about Cluster B Diagnoses and Approaches
  • Diagnostic criteria: borderline, antisocial, histrionic, narcissistic personality disorders
  • Key features of each disorder – differential diagnosis considerations
  • Top indicators of PD you won’t find in the DSM-5®
  • 5 things you probably never knew about cluster B personality disorders
  • How to avoid judgment and labeling and its importance
CBT Treatment Strategies and Techniques for Cluster B – Your Guide to Practical Application
Behavior – How to Approach Maladaptive Behavior, Self-Sabotage, Manipulation and Attention Seeking
  • How to shift behaviors that have been conditioned over a lifetime
  • Disrupting reinforcement
  • 5 things you may be doing that actually reinforces maladaptive behavior
  • Practical application of classical and operant conditioning concepts
  • Roots of behavioral therapy
    • Psychoeducation: Increase clients’ insight into how their behavior is reinforced
    • Exposure techniques: Build distress tolerance and momentum toward healthier choices
    • Chain analysis: How to address a client’s feelings of hopelessness, improve awareness and identify precipitating factors and choice points
  • Case study – Sam, The Man Who Blames Everyone Else
Cognitive – How to Recognize and Interrupt Unhealthy Thinking Patterns
  • How to address negative beliefs about treatment, the experience of negative emotion and getting better
  • How to adapt cognitive techniques specifically for Cluster B
    • ABC records and Challenging Beliefs Worksheets
    • Socratic dialogue
    • Common cognitive distortions
  • Why challenging your client’s thoughts can make things worse
  • Case study – Martha, The Woman Who Confused her Thoughts and Memories with Reality
Mindfulness and Acceptance - Break Free of Distressing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
  • How to increase psychological flexibility, decrease emotional intensity, and focus on the bigger picture
  • Why mindfulness and relaxation are not the same thing
  • Mistakes with mindfulness – inadvertently encouraging avoidance
  • How to adapt mindfulness and acceptance techniques for Cluster B
    • Cognitive defusion: Stepping back from thoughts
    • Acceptance: Letting go of control
    • Mindfulness: Foster the ability to stay present
    • Observing the self: Develop a bigger sense of who you are
    • Identify values: Finding the “why”
    • Take committed action
  • Case study – Arthur, the Loving, Self-Centered Father
Special Clinical Considerations for Personality Disorder Practitioners
  • Crisis management: Suicidal ideation/gestures, self-injury
  • Create a clear crisis management plan to keep clients safe and avoid personal liability
  • What you need to avoid – documentation considerations and more
  • 5 signs you need to check your boundaries
  • Preventative measures - to avoid boundary violations and false reporting to licensure board
  • Strategies for recognizing and addressing countertransference – being honest without getting lost
  • Top 3 tips for staying present in session
    • Balance boundaries with compassion
    • Model presence with distress, not joining the emotional chaos
    • Internal messages - Not getting sucked in
  • Exercise: People that bother me


Richard Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., MBA, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), runs a private psychology and consultation practice, and is the Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. He is also clinical assistant professor at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, clinical/research faculty at the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, volunteer professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at the UC College of Medicine, and a research/psychologist contractor with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

His most recent books include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness Toolbox (PESI, 2017); Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment (Wiley-Blackwell); Perspectives on Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy (PR Press, 2014); Building Competence in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (Routledge, 2015); and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for PTSD (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Dr. Sears is lead author of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (PR Press, 2011) and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals (Wiley, 2005).

Dr. Sears is a fifth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu, and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama with his teacher, Stephen K. Hayes. He has studied the Eastern Wisdom traditions for over 30 years, receiving ordination in three traditions, and has been given transmission as a Zen master.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Richard Sears holds faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Richard Sears is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the Academy of the American Board of Clinical Psychology.
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