Personality Focused Treatment (PFT) Level I

Many therapists are often effective with certain clients and have a difficult time with others. They become frustrated and believe that their therapeutic approach does not work with those clients. The problem is not the approach, but the difference in clients' personality adaptations. This workshop uses theory, presentations, and demonstrations to teach mental health professionals how to work effectively with each adaptation.

The concept of personality adaptations offers an exciting, new approach to working with personality dynamics. It was originated by Paul Ware, M.D., and Taibi Kahler, Ph.D., and further developed by Vann Joines, Ph.D., as a result of 40 years of clinical observation and research. The workshop will cover the diagnosis and treatment of six core personality adaptations: Creative-Daydreamer (schizoid), Brilliant-Skeptic (paranoid), Charming-Manipulator (anti-social), Playful-Resister (passive-aggressive), Responsible-Workaholic (obsessive-compulsive), and Enthusiastic-Overreactor (histrionic). These adaptations form the basic building blocks of personality and can be observed across the different DSM-5 disorders. Each adaptation has its own unique way of approaching the world, working most effectively in making changes, and defending against vulnerability.

We will look at how the adaptations develop, how they interact in the world, the major treatment issues, and how to work most effectively with each type. The book, Personality Adaptations, (Lifespace, 2002) and questionnaire developed by Vann Joines, Ph.D., for understanding and assessing the adaptations will be provided to each participant. By knowing these adaptations, therapists - regardless of their theoretical orientation - can quickly establish rapport, target interventions, avoid getting stuck in defenses, and maximize their effectiveness. 

*Note: This workshop is required for the Personality Focused Treatment (PFT)® Level I Certification Program and the PFT Level II Workshop.

Learning Objectives - Participants Will Be Able To: 

  • List the six core personality adaptations. 
  • Describe how the adaptations develop
  • List the therapeutic doors for each adaptation. 
  • Explain the difference between the surviving and performing adaptations
  • List the primary drivers for each adaptation
  • List the six personality adaptations
  • Summarize the influence of nature and nurture on the development of personality adaptations
  • Explain the concepts of open door, target door, and trap door.
  • Briefly describe the five driver behaviors outlined by Bob and Mary Goulding.
  • List three examples of "cons" and their corresponding personality adaptations.
  • Explain how parenting style shapes personality development

Dates                          January 21 - 22,  2022

Times                          9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Tuition                         $380 (360 if registered one month in advance, $100 deposit)
                                    Retake this workshop for $100 off

Faculty                         Vann Joines, Ph.D.

CE Credits                    (APA): 12 / Contact Hours (NBCC): 12

January 21st, 2022 9:00 AM through January 22nd, 2022 5:00 PM
United States
Event Fee(s)
Early Registration $ 360.00
Deposit $ 100.00
Registration $ 380.00