Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Discuss clinical presentations for each personality disorder

  • 2. Describe developmental, cultural, and differential considerations for each personality disorder

Course Outline

  • 1


    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Presentation Handout

  • 2


    • Course Resources

    • DSM-5 Personality Inventories

    • DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview

    • DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (Informant Version)

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Quick Note

    • Diagnosing Personality Disorders (Recorded Webinar)

    • Additional Considerations and Treatment for Personality Disorders

    • The Personality Inventory for DSM-5, Brief Form (PID-5-BF), Adult

    • Course References

  • 4


    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Aside from labels and controversy, a useful way to view diagnoses, is to recognize the value a diagnosis can have in the treatment process.  Accurate diagnosing is a necessary start and ongoing process in treatment.  It is important for clinicians to understand the specifiers, diagnoses, and assessment measures specific to the diagnoses they commonly treat.  This program will provide information to assist clinicians with diagnosing personality disorders.

Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC

Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, certified first responder counselor, board certified telemental health provider, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas. 

Learning Level: Basic

Target Audience: This course is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals. 

Continuing Education:  To obtain the certificate of completion for the 1.5 hours associated with this course, the participant will need to complete the online course and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test.

Each course offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CE = 50 minutes, 1 CE = 60 minutes). 

This course is approved by the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers for 1.5 hours of continuing education.

The content of this course may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the course description and submit with your certificate of completion to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this course qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Registration:  Registration for online courses is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.