Personality Disorders

Developed in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Who is this for?

Any clinician in any area of healthcare, specifically more to learners working in community or inpatient therapy settings.


As a clinician, you may come across these individuals in any area of healthcare. The key challenge many clinicians face is having the skill to respond appropriately to a person with a personality disorder. This course explores how to identify and address the needs of individuals with personality disorders, emphasizing effective interaction, emotional validation, and maintenance of boundaries. You will develop a nuanced understanding of personality disorders across different clusters and their associated presentations, which will enable you to distinguish between outward emotional/behavioral responses and the core needs of individuals with a PD.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome
Overview of Personality Disorders (Types of Clusters, Stigma, Influence of Trauma, etc.)

Week 2: Cluster A
Paranoid Personality Disorder
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Schizoid Personality Disorder

Week 3: Cluster B
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder

Week 4: Cluster B
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Histrionic Personality Disorder

Week 5: Cluster C
Dependent Personality Disorder
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Week 6: Final Takeaways
Review and Satisfaction Survey

Learner Benefits

Provide individualized care
Overcome personal stigma towards people with personality disorders
Become a resilient practitioner

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Facilitator-led course start times can be found next to the course names and descriptions.
  • How much time is required of me?

    Microcredentials typically require between 2-3 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
  • Do I have to show up for class?

    Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on the learning platform.
  • How am I evaluated?

    Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 2-3 hours a week of course work.
  • Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 2-3 hours a week of course work.

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