Personality disorders are present in an estimated 34.8-73% of clients treated for substance use disorders. Of the three clusters of personality disorders, cluster B is the most commonly seen in treatment settings. In this training, you will learn what a personality disorder is, how to identify characteristics of cluster B personality disorders, and simple techniques that will allow you to manage personality disordered clients. Come ready to learn simple communication techniques and how to stay out of your client’s drama!
Laura Fregard, MSW, LGSW is the lead mental health therapist at the Northland Campus of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. She has been with MnTC since 2020, and loves partnering with her clients as they move towards restoration and transformation. Laura graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2020. Prior to that she served as a child protection investigator in Wisconsin. Laura grew up traveling around the world with her missionary parents, and now uses her passion for different cultures to connect with a wide variety of clients. In her practice, she primarily utilizes a person-centered approach along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Spiritual Integration skills.
• Understand what a personality disorder is
• Identify the cluster B personality disorders
• Identify the main personality traits inherent in each cluster B personality disorder
• Learn strategies to manage personality disordered clients in a co-occurring context
• Introduction to personality disorders
• Outline of each cluster B disorder, including predominant and missing traits
• General management tips
• Specific management tips