How to Work Effectively with the Different Personality Adaptations

Improve Your Therapy and Relationships by Knowing
How to Work Effectively with the Different Personality Adaptations
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, MD, and Taibi Kahler, PhD, and further developed by Vann Joines, PhD., as a result of 20 years of clinical observation and research.
The workshop will cover the diagnosis and treatment of six core personality adaptations: schizoid, paranoid, antisocial, passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive, and 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 a questionnaire developed by Vann Joines, Ph.D., for understanding and assessing the adaptations is also available for purchase.
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 is the first step in becoming trained in Personality Focused Treatment *LEARN MORE HERE

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

Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced

DATES: June 22  June 23, 2018
TIMES: 9 AM  5 PM daily
TUITION: $325, if registered by May 25, $100 deposit ($350
Retake this workshop for $100 off
FACULTY: Vann Joines, Ph.D., & Emily Keller, PhD

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Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


ACEP Approved Provider No. 6756

June 22, 2018 to June 23, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early Registration$325.00
Late Registration$350.00
Location Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy
659 Edwards Ridge Road
Chapel Hill NC 27517
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