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Personality Disorders

Jun 1, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024
0.5 credits

$99 Enroll

Full course description

Course Introduction

This course explains how to consider the specific characteristics of personality disorders and how they can affect interpersonal relations. We discuss career counseling and planning using motivational interviewing techniques, as well as preparation for, and obtainment of, successful employment. We discuss some techniques for dealing with conflict and drama, ensuring that you can remain objective and practice self-care.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
  • Distinguish between personality traits and personality disorders.
  • Identify clusters, essential features, and common behavioral issues of personality disorders.
  • Recognize the ways culture can affect how personality disorders are experienced.
  • Identify how the view and approach to personality disorders have changed through the years.
  • Explain strategies for vocational counseling and guidance.
  • including motivational interviewing with a person with a personality disorder.
  • Describe how features of each personality disorder can affect vocational abilities and cause issues on a job.
  • Explain common treatment strategies for persons with personality disorders.
  • Recognize how to deal with drama and conflict that may occur.
  • Identify how to practice self-care.
  • Identify how the dual diagnosis of personality disorder and substance abuse can manifest in employment settings.

Enrollment Details

This course will be offered four times each year. The cost is $99.00.


  • April 1-30
  • June 1-30
  • September 1-30
  • December 1-31

Registration for each course will open in the month prior to training.  Earn professional development credits (CE units, CRCs, PGP hours) upon course completion. This course takes approximately 5 hours to complete.

Module Topics Include:

  • Personality Traits
  • History
  • General Diagnostic Criteria and Characteristics
  • Types of Personality Disorders
  • Treatment Strategies
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Motivational Interviewing in Career Counseling
  • Employment and Personality Disorders
  • Dealing with Drama and Conflict
  • Self Care

How to Access

Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions and the link to Canvas. Note: When you register, you'll receive an email invitation. Be sure to accept that invitation, or Canvas will not allow you to open the course modules.

Trainees can move through content modules at their own pace within the course timeframe. Trainees are allowed to finish the course prior to its conclusion date.


Length: 4 weeks 


Center on Community Living and Careers


Audience: People interested in learning more about Personality Disorders and employment.