Character Flaws: How to Understand and Navigate Relationships with High Conflict Clients

Friday, October 25, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
6 CE Contact Hours

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Joseph W. Shannon, PhD

What attendees had to say about Dr. Shannon's 2016 presentation, "Reasoning with Unreasonable People: A focus on Disorders of Emotional Regulation":

"I thought the presenter was exceptional. He kept my attention all day and surpassed my expectations of what the day was going to be like."

"Exceeded expectations."

"Fantastic. I wish that the day had continued! Dr. Shannon is a very skilled clinician and presenter."

"Dr. Shannon was absolutely wonderful. He was engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and captured the audiences' attention through witty humor and many case examples."

"Today's conference was AWESOME! Dr. Shannon is a very dynamic speaker, and I hope to attend future conferences of his."

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Course Description: 

In this very pragmatic workshop, Dr. Shannon will share both fundamental and advanced strategies for quickly recognizing and responding strategically to character-flawed individuals and disordered personalities. He will offer key principles for managing these relationships which include a realistic assessment of the signs, symptoms, and potential for danger and destructiveness, as well as strategies for navigating difficult conversations about boundary violations and high conflict relationships. This presentation will include an in-depth review of the cognitive distortions associated with specific personality disorders.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

1) Differentiate between a character flaw and a disorder of personality. 
2) List the critical signs and symptoms of personality disorders.
3) Describe the key principles for managing relationships with character-flawed and personality-disordered individuals. 
4) Implement at least 3 specific strategies for navigating and disengaging from character and personality pathology.
5) List at least 4 critical pathways to effective reasoning during difficult conversations. 

Joseph W. Shannon, PhD, has more than forty years clinical, counseling, and training experience, thirty years of consultative and supervisory experience as a private practice psychologist and organizational consultant, and twelve years of administrative and supervisory experience as clinical director of a university counseling and placement agency and an AIDS services organization. He works and lives in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Friday, October 25, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Personality Flaws
Personality Disorders
Common signs and red flags 
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
          Specific criteria for each disorder 
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Key principles for managing relationships with personality-disordered people 
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Detoxification and other specialized techniques 
Managing countertransference 
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Questions and Answers