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The Clinician's Guide to Conceptualizing and Assessing Personality Disorders (2 CEs)

  • 12 Apr 2022
  • 03 Oct 2050
  • Online On-Demand


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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 10% of the adult U.S. population has met the diagnostic criteria for one or more personality disorders (PDs) in the past year, and the majority of Americans with PDs (85%) meet criteria for at least one other mental disorder.  Yet, not even half of Americans with PDs have been treated for their disorder.  

Sometimes, therapists feel "stuck" working with clients with depressive and anxiety disorders who don't seem to be making much progress.  At times, an undiagnosed PD might be part of the complex clinical picture, and perhaps a change in treatment approach would help the client to start getting some traction.

Forensic evaluators are sometimes presented with scenarios in which a referral source is asking for clarification on whether an individual has one or more PDs, but PDs can often be very challenging to diagnose over brief periods of time, especially if a client has poor insight, is defensive, or is not forthcoming with information suggestive of a PD.

To further complicate matters, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) introduced a new dimensional-categorical hybrid model of PDs that is expected to be replace the current system of diagnosing PDs.  This new system is very different than what mental health professionals are accustomed to.  

This webinar was designed to equip you with several tools and resources to help better conceptualize and detect PDs, whether in therapy or in forensic evaluation settings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define personality disorders (PDs).
  2. Identify changes in the conceptualization of PDs as they appear in the new dimensional-categorical hybrid model in the DSM-5.
  3. List several tests and other data sources that can be used to detect signs and symptoms of PDs during evaluation.


  • $30 for NBFE members (i.e., CFMHEs and CFME applicants/candidates)
  • $30 for members of partnering organizations (see Professional Partners page for a complete list)
  • $40 for non-members

About the Presenter

Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, and forensic behavioral analysis. He is recognized by the American Mental Health Counselors Association as a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders.  He serves as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, a national not-for-profit board officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association that provides training, certification, and professional advocacy for licensed mental health professionals specializing in forensic mental health evaluation. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences as well as a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at USF. He serves as Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association and President and Chair of Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He also works in a private practice specializing in both therapy and forensic and clinical evaluation, as well as providing clinical supervision to mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist interns as a Qualified Supervisor. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the counseling profession. He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016 and has been published in Addiction ProfessionalAmerican Journal of OrthopsychiatryJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social ServicesJournal of Individual Psychology, and The Advocate Magazine.

Continuing Education Information 


The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

This workshop has been approved for 2 contact hours with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health CounselingCE Broker Tracking # 20-746282 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823). 

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