Personality Disorders: The A’s, B’s and C’s of Personality Disorder Clusters: Diagnosis and Assessment

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Learning Wednesday: Personality Disorders: The A's, B's and C's of Personality Disorder Clusters: Diagnosis and Assessment

November 19, 2018*

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST 


NYSED Approved for 1.5 CEU

NASW Members: $10/Class | Non-Members: $25/Class | NASW Member (Non-NYS): $20/Class

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Course Description:
*Due to the Thanksgiving holiday week, this webinar will take place on Monday, November 19, instead. 

The diagnosis of personality disorders becomes much easier when certain fundamental differences between the three clusters and within the clusters are understood. This session will focus on differential diagnosis based on these fundamental differences.



  1. Learners will understand how to quickly distinguish between Clusters A, B and C.
  2. Learners will be able to identify descriptive information that will distinguish between the different personality disorders within each cluster.
  3. Learners will understand how treatment for personality disorders, compared to treatments for other common mental health diagnoses, will be approached differently.



Dr. Joseph Hunter, PhD, LCSW is a highly experienced and well-educated behavioral health leader with over 16 years of combined state and federal government employment experience, primarily as a subject matter expert in the behavioral health field in the areas of substance use disorders and suicide prevention; he possess strong leadership and team building skills that have contributed to the development of numerous specialized innovations in the areas of clinical practice, research, and treatment programming; and, he is an experienced and talented educator for graduate students, as well as seasoned professionals. His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (1989), a Masters Degree in Social Work (1993), and a Ph.D. in Social Work (2010).

In 2005, Dr. Hunter was awarded the SAMHSA Dissertation Grant to complete his study on adolescent substance use disorder treatment. In 2011, Dr. Hunter was selected for two-year post-doctoral fellowship, and as a result was recognized as a VA/Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar. This year, Dr. Hunter has received distinguished recognition for his innovative work in behavioral health.

Dr. Hunter serves as the VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY, currently on detail to the National Suicide Prevention Office. In addition, Dr. Hunter joined the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work as part-time adjunct lecturer in 2013. Currently, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, he teaches Masters of Social Work (MSW) courses in the areas of: clinical practice with service members and veterans, evidence-based clinical practice in mental health settings, mental health and human development, and mental health research. He is also a New York State approved provider of online and in-person continuing education for licensed social workers in New York State, offering training privately and for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  


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November 19th, 2018 from  3:30 PM to  5:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $10.00
NASW (Non-NYS) Member $25.00
Non-Member $20.00