“It’s Just the Way I Am”: Psychotherapy for Individuals with Cluster B Personality Disorders

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Target Audience

Social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, educators, school personnel, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, and other health care professionals.


Personality disorders are characterized by pervasive patterns that individuals describe as “the way I have always been” or “this is who I am,” making these patterns challenging to modify. The cluster B personality disorders – Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic, and Antisocial Personality Disorders – are described as the Dramatic, Emotional, and Erratic Cluster. Individuals who meet criteria for Cluster B personality disorders often do not recognize the ways in which their patterns of behavior contribute to their difficulties and may be unaware of the way that their patterns of behavior impact others in their lives, often perceiving their difficulties to be the result of problems within others or the systems they participate in. These individuals may view their personality disorder symptoms as long-standing survival strategies that they are attached to maintaining. As individuals diagnosed with personality disorders often are reluctant to change their behavior, or have great difficulty making such changes, treatment of personality disorders can be challenging for mental health providers.
In this workshop, Dr. Zerubavel will review cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal approaches for to the treatment of Cluster B personality disorders. The training will include recommendations for moving clients from a focus on the behaviors of others to a focus on their own behavior, cultivating curiosity about behavioral and cognitive patterns, increasing recognition of the impact of these patterns on relationships and quality of life, and facilitating the development of alternatives to these patterns. Discussion will emphasize the management of challenges associated with the Cluster B personality disorders. Participants will gain skills in helping clients to identify and recognize personality patterns, evaluate whether these patterns are adaptive or maladaptive, and develop more flexible behavioral repertoires that facilitate meaningful quality of life improvements.

Two-Part Webinar (Must attend both dates/times to receive credit):
Friday, October 16 - 9:00am to 12:15 pm
Monday, October 19 - 9:00am to 12:15 pm
This program will take place over 2 days for a total of 6 hours.

Noga Zerubavel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director of the Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Treatment Clinic
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University Medical Center

Charlotte AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5096. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Charlotte AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


  • Discuss the profiles of Cluster B personality disorders in terms of views of self and others, central beliefs, and main strategies used for coping
  • Describe how to shift clients from a focus on the behaviors of others to a focus on their own behavior
  • Use a behavioral functional analysis to better understand and manage contingencies for self-injurious behavior


Gabriela Staley, MEd


Noga Zerubavel, PhD
Oct 16, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Check-In Time
8:30 AM
6.00 - Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
0.60 - CEU
6.00 - Contact Hours
6.00 - NBCC Hours
Charlotte AHEC
Live Webinar
Oct 16 - 19, 2020
Charlotte AHEC
Live Webinar
Registration Fee.
Contact Hours
Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
NBCC Hours