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Treating Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Relational Approach

Author: Efrain Bleiberg

Course Created: 2004

Practice Level: Beginner

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

Treating Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents offers a framework to understand childhood personality disorders, to distinguish them from other childhood conditions, and respond appropriately to these patients. The text presents discussion of the nature and clinical presentations of personality disorders, followed by descriptions of multimodal interventions in inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Attachment and Reflective Function
  3. Psychological Organization and the World of Mental Representations
  4. Trauma, Vulnerability, and the Development of Severe Personality Disorders
  5. Antisocial and Narcissistic Children and Adolescents
  6. Histrionic and Borderline Children and Adolescents
  7. Beginning Treatment: Creating a Secure Base and a Representational Mismatch
  8. Early Stages of Treatment: Forming the Alliance and Enhancing Reflective Function
  9. Middle and Late Stages of Treatment: Using Connection to Move toward Integration
  10. Residential Treatment and the Continuum of Services
  11. Pharmacological Treatment

Learning Objectives

  • Identify features of children with borderline personality disorder.
  • Describe characteristics of youngsters with narcissistic personality disorder.
  • Explain the characteristics of effective treatment interventions for personality disorders.
  • Describe treatments of personality disorders used in inpatient settings.
  • Explain attachment and reflective function.
  • Discuss pharmacological treatment of children with personality disorders.


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