CPC-681 Beyond the Checklist: Personality Disorders

$195.00 per credit


Single Module of CPC-681: Personality Disorders

February 25, 2022: 9 am 1 pm

Over the course of their formal education, students and practitioners in the field of mental health are expected to learn how to form particular diagnoses. At the theoretical level, the ability to infer these diagnoses consists in matching a client’s symptoms to those of a known type of disorder, checking what one sees clinically against a specific set of criteria. At the practical level, however, these symptoms are often hard to identify and require an understanding beyond a “checklist” in order to do so. Not only may the same symptoms have differing presentations across various individuals, but “some symptom domains, such as depression and anxiety, involve multiple diagnostic categories and may reflect common underlying vulnerabilities for a larger group of disorders” (p. xli, DSM-5), requiring a trained clinician to bring their boundaries into focus.

Participants will be presented with a series of case studies that are intended to improve their practical diagnostic abilities, with an emphasis on some of the disorders most often encountered in clinical practice. Divided into six sessions, each day will cover a different symptom domain than the previous, using clinical examples and practicing interviewing skills in groups.

Each class will consist of four synchronous hours of learning, via Zoom, followed by two hours of independent study. Participants must attend all six sessions and complete all assigned evaluations, following which they will be awarded a Certificate in Diagnostic Interviewing.