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118 | Navigating the Chaos: Strategies to Use with Family Members Who Have Borderline or Narcissistic Traits

Personality Disorders, Challenging Issues, and Complex Cases, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D.  



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers,Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Despite repeated attempts to get family members with borderline or narcissistic personality disorder symptoms to follow reasonable boundaries, understand, and be empathetic, they do not comply, which continues an upsetting cycle. The result is often depression, anger, and a desire to cut off the problematic relationship. This workshop will present several theories explaining personality disorder symptoms and techniques to help family members deal with repeated adverse emotional and behavioral patterns and manipulation. Whereas the workshop strategies and techniques can apply to all types of family relationships, such as between spouses, the workshop will highlight: 1) adult children dealing with problematic parents; and 2) parents dealing with difficult adult children (or difficult adult daughter/son-in-law situations). This workshop provides helpful principles, techniques, and methods that are loving and effective to help psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders assist their clients.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify several severity levels of borderline and narcissistic personality disorder symptoms and their effects on family members
2. Describe a theory that associates borderline and narcissistic personality disorder with a learning disability within emotional and interpersonal relationships
3. Apply effective treatment strategies for helping family members with borderline and narcissistic personality disorder symptoms
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