Antisocial Personality Disorder Online Text-based Home Course (5 CE)

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Of all the personality disorders, individuals diagnosed with Antisocial PD are often the most exciting, seductive, charming and dangerously powerful of all clients. While most therapists are familiar with the classic descriptions of this disorder, many clinicians may not recognize the myriad of clinical presentations and subtypes of ASPD. This presentation will focus on refining and enriching the diagnosis of ASPD such that a range of clinical presentations, childhood and genetic antecedents, and the role of conscience can be assessed and treated if possible. It is important the therapists are familiar with differential diagnoses, as several might be mistaken for ASPD or mask ASPD, such as other personality disorders, substance abuse, conduct disorder, or socioeconomic circumstances which impair empathy and exacerbate aggression. Also contained in this presentation are guidelines for therapists who treat these clients, such as managing countertransference, setting clear boundaries and enhancing motivation in clients.

Author: Patricia Patton-Lehn, Ph.D.

Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and mental health clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and assess for a range of symptoms for Antisocial Personality Disorder, traits and characteristics, including a Dimensional Perspective five-factor model of ASPD.
  2. Make differential diagnoses among common co-morbid disorders.
  3. Discuss various etiologies of ASPD and childhood antecedents of trauma and attachment issues.
  4. Utilize treatment approaches from various theoretical orientations (including psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, and cognitive-behavioral) for ASPD clients and their families.
  5. Identify and manage a therapist's countertransferential reactions.