CBT Assessment, Conceptualization, and Treatment of DSM-5 Personality Disorders

Presented by Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC on 09-29-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Mental health practitioners regularly encounter clients with personality disorders. Some 50 percent of those evaluated in clinical settings meet criteria for a personality disorder, as do 10 percent of the general public. These disorders can greatly disrupt an individual’s work, family, and social relationships. Personality disorders are associated with higher rates of family conflict, separation, divorce, child custody proceedings, job termination, homelessness, substance abuse, violence, and criminal behavior. Such disorders can complicate co-occurring medical conditions, as well as the prognosis of other mental health conditions. Personality disorders are associated with poor treatment compliance, increased use of medical and psychiatric services, and the likelihood of relapse and premature termination. Treating individuals with these disorders can be extraordinarily challenging, and sometimes exasperating, for mental health practitioners. 

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Jon Sperry will discuss cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of various Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) personality disorders, including borderline personality and narcissistic personality. Dr. Sperry will highlight a CBT functional assessment model and also empirically-validated CBT strategies to use with this population. He will introduce participants to each step of the CBT process, from assessment to case conceptualization to selection and implementation of various interventions.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) assessment process and discuss how it informs CBT conceptualization. 
  2. Describe CBT conceptualization and understand how it informs CBT intervention planning.
  3. Apply five CBT strategies to treatment individuals diagnosed with various personality disorders.
  4. Discuss the fundamentals of a CBT functional assessment. 
  5. List two ways that CBT can help individuals with personality disorders improve their overall social and emotional functioning. 

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on research done over the past 30 years by which CBT strategies have been used and validated among individuals diagnosed with personality disorders. Course references will be provided to participants. 

Declaration identifying any potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support: None.

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References:

  1. Sperry, L. & Sperry, J. (2016). Cognitive behavioral therapy of DSM- 5 personality disorders: Assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment (3rd edn.).  New York, NY: Routledge.
  2. Sperry, J., & Sperry, L. (2018). Cognitive behavior therapy in counseling practice. New York, NY: Routledge.
  3. Sperry, L., & Sperry, J. (2020). Case conceptualization: Mastering this competency with ease and confidence (2nd edn.). New York, NY: Routledge.
  4. Zimmerman, M., Rothschild, L., & Chelminski, I. (2005). The Prevalence of DSM-IV Personality Disorders in Psychiatric Outpatients. The American Journal of Psychiatry. 162:10, 1911-1918.

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Meet the Presenter

Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC

Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC

Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC is a core faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Lynn University. He is a board-certified licensed mental health counselor and a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida and has been a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) since 2010. Dr. Sperry is currently the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Individual Psychology.

Dr. Sperry has co-authored five textbooks, five book chapters, and various professional articles. In November 2017, he co-authored the book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Counseling Practice, through Routledge Publishing. Other books that he has co-authored have included two editions (2012 & 2020) of Case Conceptualization: Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence (translated in Turkish in 2016 and Korean in 2015) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy of the DSM-5 Personality Disorders in 2015. He also co-edited Psychopathology and Psychotherapy: DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment in 2015.

In addition to his clinical experience and publications, he has conducted workshops and lectures throughout the United States and around the globe--including Bulgaria, The Bahamas, Canada, China, England, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and Uruguay. 

For more information about Dr. Sperry and his work, please visit drjonsperry.com.

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  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
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