Recognising Personality Disorders and Managing Difficult Behaviours

Recognising Personality Disorders and Managing Difficult Behaviours
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Reviewing the ten personality disorders and their associated challenging behaviours with a focus upon Borderline and Narcissistic disorders.

How can we differentiate bipolar disorder from borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or a cognitive lack of empathy from the emotional lack of empathy that is part of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)? Although personality disorders are often talked about, their symptoms can be difficult to recognize - particularly by novice therapists who may be baffled by behaviours associated with personality disorders. This seminar will provide an understanding of the ten DSM-5 listed personality disorders, with an emphasis on: learning to identify the symptoms; understanding the lived experience of consumers; and learning to manage some of the difficult behaviours.

The morning session of the seminar will explore eight personality disorders: paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal (cluster A); avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive (cluster C): and histrionic and antisocial (cluster B).

The afternoon session will focus on the two most prominent cluster B personality disorders: BPD and NPD. For all personality disorders, the topics will include:

(1) identification of symptoms and behaviours using case studies;

(2) causes;

(3) comorbidities;

(4) the lived experience of consumers using audiovisual material;

(5) treatment options (or the lack thereof); and

(6) strategies for managing difficult behaviours.

The presentation style will be interactive, encouraging participant contributions and questions.

Learning Objectives of This Training:

  • Understanding key characteristics of personality disorders.
  • Recognizing associated behaviours.
  • Understanding the lived experience.
  • Learning about strategies to manage some of the challenging behaviours associated with personality disorders, particularly BPD and NPD.

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Learn to identify symptoms of the ten personality disorders.
  • Learn to recognize the associated behaviours.
  • Understand causes, comorbidities, and the lived experience of consumers.
  • Learn to manage the challenging behaviours associated with personality disorders..

Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)

Brief overview of the 10 personality disorders:

  • Causes (psychological and biological)
  • Comorbidities and prevalence
  • Assessment
  • Evidence-based treatments

Exploration of the three Cluster A and three Cluster C personality disorders, as well as Histrionic and Antisocial Personality Disorders (Cluster B):

  • Symptoms
  • Identification of symptoms in case studies
  • Lived experience (including audiovisual material/ interviews with consumers)

Strategies for managing difficult behaviours.

Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

Exploration of the most prominent two Cluster B personality disorders: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD):

  • Symptoms
  • Identification of symptoms using case studies
  • Lived experience (including audiovisual material / interviews with consumers)

Strategies for managing challenging behaviours

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Providers Terms

Cancellation Policy and Disclaimer

  • Refunds less a $50.00 administration fee are given for cancellations received in writing via email or post. Cancellations must be received no later than 10 days prior to your event date. Refunds and transfers are not possible inside 10 days from the event. Cancellation policy is final and not negotiable.
  • PDP regrets the difficult personal circumstances that prevent people attending including medical conditions, emergencies, severe weather or transport difficulties and we do not issue refunds in any circumstance other than those outlined in this cancellation policy. PDP is unable to accept responsibility for the failure of the presenter to arrive due to unforeseen circumstances.

Transfer of Registration to Another Person

Registrations are transferable IN FULL to another person on notification in writing to PDP and no admin fees are charged for this service. Where a delegate can only attend for part of a training, transfer of the remainder of the registration to another person is NOT possible.

Cancellation/Reschedule of an Event by PDP

PDP will contact you within 10 days of the event date on the rare occasion that we need to cancel/reschedule an event. You will be offered the following options:

  • A full refund of your paid registration fee.
  • Transfer of your registration into another equivalent event on our calendar.

Please contact the Provider directly or follow the ticket selection button to the Course Provider Website for full terms and conditions.

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Contact Hours:

7.0 hrs


Thu, 29 July 2021

Start Time:

9:00 AM


1 Day


Face-to-Face Training




PDP Sydney Training Room

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Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood,
Sydney, New South Wales,
Australia, 2067

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Renata Porzig-Drummond

PhD, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns

Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD teaches at the University of Adelaide. She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with a variety of mental health issues. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.


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