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Handling a client with a personality disorder can be difficult and time consuming, especially in family law cases where emotions typically run high. But do you know how to recognize a true personality disorder? How is it different from one`s ordinary personality? Using mock client interviews and court proceedings, our instructors illustrate the characteristics of common personality disorders, such as avoidant, borderline, and narcissistic personality disorders. They offer practical tips for effectively representing such a client, or declining representation if necessary. Also learn what to do if you suspect your client is truly mentally disabled.
This course was recorded in April 2011 at PBI’s Family Law Institute, our flagship family law program that provides the latest practical information and practice hints available. Other sessions from this Institute are available at PBI’s Online Campus.
1.5 Total CLE credits, all of which may be applied toward Ethics
Important Notice Affecting Many of PBIs Online Ethics Courses (Revised November 2013)
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"I thought that this was a very thought provoking program. Since my primary practice is family law, I have experienced the types of clients and experiences portrayed in the vignettes. The discussion was quite helpful in defining what and why the clients and experiences were as they were. I truly appreciated Dr. Cohen's comment that self care is important and that life is short. All in all an excellent program." (Indiana, PA)
"I felt the vignettes and discussion in this program were extremely helpful and enlightening. This program dealt with what are the more complicated aspects of practice which are not taught in law school -- the human aspect. The different scenarios were very well done and also very relevant. I would like to to see more of this type of CLE offered in the future." (Fairview, PA)
"This was a very interesting and practical presentation. The use of vignettes was a welcome change and most appropriate for this topic." (Smethport, PA)
"Very interesting topic. The information provided is very useful and should be updated and incorporated into other CLE programs.
" (Media, PA)
"I found this to be very helpful. They gave good information about personality disorders while appropriately cautioning us against diagnosing. Great discussion or how to help these clients both effectively and ethically. I will take a lot from this!" (Boalsburg, PA)
"The client vignettes were informative and entertaining." (Metuchen, NJ)
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