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Saturday Workshop Series: A Model for Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders, Diane A. Suffridge, PhD

  • Sat, March 24, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925


  • Discounted price for members of neighboring Chapters-SFCAMFT RECAMF, EBCAMFT. Please send an email to to request your discount code.

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Marin CAMFT Saturday Workshop

24 March 2018, 9 am - 1 pm

A Model for Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders

Diane A. Suffridge, PhD

Many of the most difficult clinical dilemmas we face as therapists are related to the ways our clients have structured their emotional and interpersonal lives.  The DSM-5 diagnoses of personality disorders are not as clinically useful as a psychodynamically based model that considers the subjective experience and internal conflicts of the client.  The synthesis of psychodynamic thinking described by Nancy McWilliams provides such a model, which is the basis for this workshop.  Case examples, illustration through role-play and video and case consultation will be provided to prepare you for using this model in your clinical practice.


Participants will understand and apply a two-axis model of personality structure describing healthy as well as disordered functioning. Participants will identify the developmental level of personality structure illustrated in a case vignette. 

Diane Suffridge is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California.  She has over 25 years experience as a licensed psychologist, training and supervising prelicensed clinicians in community-based organizations.  She also regularly provides training and consultation to licensed clinicians and supervisors through professional associations and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her book Entering the Behavioral Health Field: A Guide for New Clinicians was published by Routledge in May 2016 and she has published a biweekly blog since February 2014, posted at

This Workshop is sponsored by:

Constellation Behavioral Health creates innovative treatment programs for adults with addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders. We were founded on the fundamental belief that sustainable treatment outcomes require three cornerstones of clinical care: development of a robust differential diagnosis, utilization of the collaborative care model and the cultivation of personal agency.

 Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:00 to 1:00 

The workshop will be held at the Corte Madera Town Center 770 Tamalpais Drive, 

CLINICAL/ASSOCIATE   $59  $79                     $69 WITH CODE
PSY/RN *$79 *$89
  • Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 
  • Information: For more information about Marin CAMFT's Workshops and about joining the Committee, please contact the Director-at-Large for CE.
  • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 
  • Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director-at-Large for CE no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.
  • Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director-at-Large for CE who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need. All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.
  • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director-at-Large for CE.
  • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.
  • CE Approvals: This workshop meets the qualifications for 4 CE credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for license renewal. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Director-at-Large for CE for more information.
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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