Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders

This course gives an overview of personality disorders and provides a more detailed discussion of borderline, antisocial, narcissistic, and passive-aggressive personality disorders. Topics include diagnostic criteria, assessment, engagement, crisis stabilization, treatment, continuum of care, and alcohol and drug use among people with personality disorders.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders;
  • Describe strategies for treating co-occurring personality disorders and substance use disorders.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Overview
  • Part 2: Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Part 3: Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Part 4: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Part 5: Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder
  • Part 6 - Exhibit 7-1
  • Part 7 - Exhibit 7-2
  • Part 8 – Exhibit 7-3
  • Part 9 – Exhibit 7-4
  • Part 10 – Exhibit 7-5
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Adapted from

Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP) 42, Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders, Chapter 8, Appendix D
DHHS Publication (SMA) 05-3992
Consensus Panel at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64194/


Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 9: Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Coexisting Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Consensus Panel Chair:

Richard K. Ries, MD
Inpatient Psychiatry and Dual Disorder Programs
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington


Marcelino Cruces, LCSW
Administrative Coordinator
Andromeda Transcultural Mental Health Center
Substance Abuse Treatment Division
Washington, D.C.

Mary Katherine Evans, CADC, NCAC II
Program Director
Evans and Sullivan
Beaverton, Oregon

James Fine, MD
Addictive Disease Hospital at Kings County Hospital Center
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
State University of New York
Health Service Center at Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York

Bonnie Schorske, MA
Special Populations
New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Hospitals
Trenton, New Jersey

Workgroup Members:

Stephen J. Bartels, MD
Medical Director
West Central Services, Inc.
Research Associate
New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Dolores Burant, MD
Program and Medical Director
University Outpatient Recovery Service
Madison, Wisconsin

Agnes Furey, LPN, CAP
Primary Care Coordinator
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services
Tallahassee, Florida

Malcolm Heard, MS
Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Nebraska Department of Public Institutions
Lincoln, Nebraska

Norman Miller, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Chief, Addiction Programs
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Ernest Quimby, PhD
Assistant Graduate Professor
Howard University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Washington, D.C.

Henry Jay Richards, PhD
Associate Director for Behavioral Sciences
Patuxent Institution
Jessup, Maryland

Candace Shelton, MS, CAC
Clinical Director
Pascua Yaqui Adult Treatment Home
Tucson, Arizona

Virginia Stiepock, ACSW, RN, CS
Assistant Center Director
Clinical Director
Northern Rhode Island Community Mental Health Center
Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Mathias Stricherz, EdD, CDC III
Student Counseling Center
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota

Patricia M. Weisser
National Association of Psychiatric Survivors
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Joan Ellen Zweben, PhD
Executive Director
The East Bay Community Recovery Project
The 14th Street Clinic and Medical Group
Berkeley, California

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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