Personality Focused Treatment (PFT) Basic Workshop

Many therapists are 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 (antisocial), 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 books, Personality Adaptations,
( Lifespace, 2002) and Insight Out, (Outskirts Publishing, 2022 ) and the JPAQ questionnaire developed by Vann Joines, Ph.D., for understanding and assessing the adaptations are recommended for this workshop. 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) Practitioner Certification Program and the PFT Instructor Certification Program. 

* Recommended Reading for this Workshop

Insight Out - The 6 Personality Types That Hold The Key to Success in Your Life and Relationships

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• Explain the different existential positions
• Describe which personality adaptations fit within each existential position
• List the typical behaviors for each existential position
• Explain the escape hatch for each existential position and how to close it
• Describe the attachment and differentiation issues for each existential position
• State the order of treatment necessary for each personality adaptation
• Match the types of interventions with the levels of functioning of different clients

DATES                             December 6 - 7, 2024
TIMES                              9:00am - 5:00pm daily
FACULTY                         Vann Joines, Ph.D.
TUITION                           $390 ($100 deposit)
                                                  Retake this workshop for $100 off
LEVEL                              All
CE CONTACT HRS          12

December 6th, 2024 9:00 AM to December 7th, 2024 5:00 PM
Zoom or In Person
United States
Event Fee(s)
Registration $390.00
Deposit $100.00
Retake $290.00