Understand what a Personality Disorder (PD) is and ten specific types of them (identified by the DSM-5). In addition, master the four areas of functioning that are impacted by the PDs. Learn strategies for changing very rigid personality patterns. Apply what you've learned to actual case studies and review the key challenges involved with such problems.
- An interest in understanding what certain rigid personalities look like and the psychotherapies that can change those patterns.
- Know how to identify and distinguish the ten different Personality Disorders that are defined in the DSM-5. Students will learn the best psychotherapeutic methods for treating these personality disorders. You will also work through examples that will enable you to test your knowledge of PDs and how psychotherapy can help them. Finally, we will review the key concepts regarding PDs that include clusters of symptoms, definitions and demographics.
I have a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and I'm a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department at a large state university in California. I have taught at the college level for more than 20 years. I teach both in-person and online. Currently, I lecture on Abnormal Psychology, Critical Thinking, and the Field Placement Courses on a regular basis for students at our university. I love being with students in any sort of learning environment.