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The Clinician's Guide to Conceptualizing and Assessing Personality Disorders (2 CEs - CE Broker No. 20-1082140)

  • 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-TR.
  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

Presented by: Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, MAC, CFMHE, CFBA, CCMHC, CRC

Executive Director, National Board of Forensic Evaluators

Dr. 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, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as executive director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, assistant professor of instruction at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy, southern regional director, Ethics Committee liaison, and International Counseling Task Force chair for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, and consulting editor for AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine. He co-authored the Forensic Evaluation section of the "AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling,” authored the proposal for AMHCA’s Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Forensic Evaluation (CMHS-FE) credential, authored the DSM-5 to DSM-5-TR update article published in the American Counseling Association's Counseling Today magazine, and served on the expert panel that created the standards and written exam for the Florida Certification Board’s Certified Telehealth Practitioner (CTP) credential. He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020. An experienced writer, presenter, and trainer, he has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.

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 #20-1082140746282 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823). 

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