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Rewiring the Brain: Treatment Techniques for Obsessive Compulsive, Narcissistic, Antisocial, and Borderline Personality Disorders
Wehrenberg, Margeret
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2016-07-01 / X49285
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Imagine your sessions with clients with personality disorders. What comes to mind? Challenging? Overwhelming? Frustrating?

What if you had the tools to make each session feel more productive and that you’re actually making progress?

Discover how you can help your client become:
• More emotionally stable
• More empathetic
• More flexible in the way he/she thinks and reacts in trying situations
• Less reactive

All this is possible once you have developed the skills to help your client modify the rigid, maladaptive traits of obsessive compulsive, narcissistic, antisocial, and borderline personality disorders. You can learn how to utilize the motivations and defenses of these disorders to create lasting improvement.

Join international speaker and author Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, as she teaches you practical treatment techniques grounded in cutting-edge neuroscience. Using the best techniques from DBT, Mindfulness, CBT and EMDR, your clients can learn to rewire their brain and alter their personality traits to live a healthier, more stable and productive life.


• Select therapeutic methods for neural repair based on the neuroscience of implicit traits and temperamental characteristics of 5 personality disorders.
• Intervene effectively on impulsive and risky behavior of antisocial clients with “Training the Wise Mind”.
• Use dialectical constructs to enhance awareness and motivation in narcissistic clients
• Demonstrate techniques that help the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality identify and express emotion.
• Explain how borderline clients should use journaling techniques to discover and work through implicit memories that create mood and behavioral instability.
• Demonstrate tools from EMDR to help all clients move past obstacles posed by histories of trauma or abuse.



Biology and temperament
Agency and a desire to be affiliated
Anxiety and harm avoidance
Interpersonal Neurobiology – The concept of neural repair and neural integration

I. Antisocial Personality Disorder

Anxiety and APD
Develop harm avoidance
Utilize active relaxation
Anxiety in disguise: Find anxiety and tame
Anger with the anger diary
Anger escalator tools for anger management
Depression and the Antisocial PD
The hidden emotion
Cost-benefit analysis of behaviors
Use HALT tips to modulate expression
Interpersonal Relationships and APD
Turn agency into positive paths
Journaling to identify implicit memory to increase awareness
Train the “wise mind” for better self-control
Storytelling for attunement and empathy

II. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Anxiety and NPD
Diminish the intensity of harm avoidance
Teach appropriate assertiveness
Worry management strategies
Energy therapies and self-soothing
Dispute irrational fears of humiliation
Resolve childhood humiliation
Depression and NPD
Increase agency
Accept responsibility for vicious circles of grandiosity and loss
Battle grandiosity by increasing achievement
Improving awareness of and attunement to others
Mindfulness techniques and cost-benefit analysis
Interpersonal Relationships and NPD
Using desire for affiliation
Reframe indifference to others and motivate connection with dialectical constructs
Genuine contributions: The path to legitimate self-worth

III. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Anxiety and OCPD
Breaking the rule of harm avoidance
Identify the conflict with inner values
CBT to change worry and rumination
Real self- focusing techniques to find feelings
Discharging anger - the underlying trigger of anxiety
Learning to tolerate anxiety of making mistakes
Breaking free from “technology slavery”
Depression and OCPD
Increase positive agency
Change derogatory self-talk
Interrupt and dispute compulsive behavior
Prescribe fun!
Interpersonal relationships and OCPD
Affiliation and anger
Mindfulness practices to increase attunement to others
“I” statements and negotiation skills:
Deflate resistance to increase self/other honesty
Systems therapy strategies
Eliminate passive aggression

IV. Borderline Personality Disorder: The Quest for Connection

Anxiety and BPD
The forgetfulness of harm avoidance
Fill in skills deficits: Teach and practice conflict resolution skills
G round techniques to increase emotional stability
Journaling techniques
Depression and the BPD
The forgetfulness of agency
Interrupt self-injurious behavior
EMDR practices to loosen the grip of the past
Minimize catastrophic rumination w/CBT
Interpersonal Relationships
Craving affiliation and its destructive impact
Improve therapeutic relationships
Relationship histories
Practice assertiveness vs aggression

About the Speaker:

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of 6 books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including her most recent book for the general public, The 10 Best Anxiety Busters. An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. She earned her M.A. specializing in psychodrama and play therapy with children. Dr. Wehrenberg has years of experience as a drug and alcoholism counselor, working with the U.S. Army in Germany and Lutheran Social Services in Illinois. She also has training in trauma treatment, EMDR and Thought Field Therapy. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Naperville, IL, specializing in treating anxiety. As a consultant, she is a sought-after speaker for continuing education seminars, consistently getting the highest ratings from participants for her dynamic style and high quality content.

In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety, she frequently contributes articles for The Psychotherapy Networker magazine, and she has produced Relaxation for Tension and Worry, a CD for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery to use with anxious clients. Her book The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, published by W. W. Norton, is a consistent top seller for anxiety management. You can find her on the web at www.margaret

Continuing Education Information:

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