Character Disturbances and Disorders, Part 2: Effective intervention strategies for character disordered individuals

Character Disturbances and Disorders

Part 2: Effective intervention strategies for character disordered individuals

About this course

Helping professionals find themselves increasingly dealing with individuals with significant personality/character disturbances and disorders. Many have found their traditional insight-oriented approaches to be ineffective in such cases. While some simply dismiss personality-related problems as unmodifiable or untreatable, Dr. George Simon shares a unique perspective that provides new understanding of the nature of character disturbance and a framework for effecting change even in the most challenging clients.


  • Erroneous thinking patterns of character-disordered individuals
  • Common manipulation tactics employed by character-disordered individuals
  • How distorted thinking, problematic attitudes and manipulative behavior feed each other
  • How the goals and objectives of character constructive therapy differ from traditional therapy
  • The Ten Commandments of character development

 About the instructor

George Simon, PhD, has specialized in disturbances of personality and character for over 30 years, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on manipulative personalities and other problem characters. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University, and until just a few years ago maintained an active private practice in which he served both individuals with serious character disturbances and their relationship partners. Dr. Simon has also served as the supervising psychologist for Arkansas’ Sex Offender Risk Assessment program and their only inpatient treatment program for offenders.

His book, In Sheep’s Clothing, is a 5-star review rated international bestseller, published in 10 foreign languages. His other books, Character Disturbance — The Phenomenon of Our Age and The Judas Syndrome, are also bestsellers.  Dr. Simon has appeared on CNN, Fox News Network, and has conducted over 200 instructional seminars and workshops nationwide. He is a full clinical member of ATSA and a Diplomate of the American College Forensic Examiners.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is $49 for two hours of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can view it as often as you want. There is no expiration date.

This two-part series offers 4 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists. Both parts must be completed to receive credit. For more information on credits, click here.

Mental health professionals who complete 8 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.

Learning objectives

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Discuss key learning failures during moral development
  2. Recognize and respond appropriately to thinking errors and responsibility-obstructive behavioral tactics
  3. Apply the principles of benign confrontation
  4. Employ practical strategies and tools for promoting change
  5. Use therapeutic leverage in treating character disturbed individuals

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Neurosis vs. character disturbance
  • Damaged self-esteem vs. inflated self-appraisal
  • Key failures in learning during moral development
  • The Ten Commandments of sound character development
  • Erroneous thinking patterns of character disordered individuals, such as:
    • Egocentric thinking
    • Egomaniacal thinking
    • Opportunistic thinking
    • End-game thinking
    • All-or-none thinking
  • Responsibility avoidance and manipulation tactics, such as:
    • Excuse-making
    • Blaming
    • Overt and covert intimidation
    • Diversion and deflection
    • Lying by omission and distortion
    • Minimization
    • Denial

5 minutes break

50 minutes of instruction

  • Personal empowerment and therapeutic leverage
  • Benign Confrontation
  • Putting the “B” back in CBT
  • Encouraging here-and-now change
  • Covert self-monitoring and self-reinforcement
  • Case studies

10 minutes questions and answers

Risks and Limitations

  • The accuracy and utility of the statements included in this presentation are based on referenced materials from reliable sources that are accessible and obtainable by all.
  • The limitation of the content presented herein is that the results of execution have not been measured, therefore, expectation of outcome is not predictable.
  • It is presumed that professionals executing the guidelines presented herein will apply such holding to the precise standards of their professional code of ethics, to reduce risk of ethical violations. As in all therapeutic interventions that may provoke emotional triggering, the professional may be required to perform risk assessment for suicidality, homicidality or other incident requiring emergency psychiatric services.

Here’s a preview of this course:

Traditional insight-oriented approaches don’t work with clients who have character disorders. Dr. George Simon suggests a different approach — benign confrontation. In this course, you’ll learn how to employ this strategy.

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