June 27, 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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June 20, 2012 (11:59 PM) EST
June 20, 2012 (11:59 PM) EST is the deadline to cancel your registration for this event and request a refund.

Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance (Video Conference)

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This event is a video conference that will broadcast from Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio, to multiple sites around the state. Attend at a site near you (see "locations" tab).

A personality disorder is a lifelong set of attitudes and behaviors that cause difficulties for usually both the person with the disorder and those with whom they interact: the personality-disordered person continues to perpetuate the same self-defeating cycle in relationships.  Staying on track requires being able to conceptualize what keeps them in their maladaptive pattern, and helping them have corrective cognitive, behavioral and emotional experiences that are anchored to a vision of more adaptive functioning.   This training will provide the participant with a cognitive behavioral framework to understand various personality disorders and choose interventions that help move the person towards more effective functioning.  CBT conceptualization can also help the clinician maintain the therapeutic alliance during periods of stress and prevent professional burnout.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to....

  • Define a personality disorder
  • Discuss CBT literature concerning the conceptualization of specific personality disorders (Borderline, Antisocial, Avoidant)
  • Construct treatment interventions to address specific personality disorders
  • Apply a CBT conceptualization to manage non-adaptive reactions to personality disordered behaviors of clients


James Esmail, PsyD


Our training events are open to professionals from multiple disciplines, service settings, and systems of care who provide healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and other services to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples of people who attend our events include the following:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Administrators
  • Policymakers
  • Direct-service staff

Service settings

  • Behavioral healthcare organizations (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • County boards (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • Community health clinics
  • Psychiatric hospitals (state and community)
  • Hospitals
  • Criminal justice (e.g., police, courts, jail, probation, parole)
  • Residential
  • Housing

Professional disciplines

  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Service models and strategies

Individuals and service teams from organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, best practices, emerging practices, and other service strategies for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples include the following:

  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
  • Tobacco Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)
  • Supported Employment/ Individual Placement and Support (SE/ IPS)
  • Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)
  • Wellness Management and Recovery (WMR)






James J. Esmail, PsyD, is a psychologist at Summit Behavioral Healthcare, a State of Ohio psychiatric hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining the staff in 2003, he worked for eight years in the community-mental-health system in Kentucky, where he provided outpatient psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and evaluation services.

In addition to this clinical work, Dr. Esmail also has extensive teaching and training experience. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Xavier University. His duties at Summit Behavioral Healthcare include supervising fourth-year graduate students in psychology from the University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, and Xavier University. He also trains third-year medical students from The College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Esmail also conducts trainings for the Center for Evidenced Based Practice at Case Western Reserve University, which is dedicated to advancing workforce development among providers of primary and behavioral healthcare in Ohio.

Dr. Esmail maintains a private practice in Cincinnati. He earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of (Clinical) Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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