Expired Systemic Applications for Trauma-Related Personality Disorders

In this interactive and immersive workshop, participants will assess trauma and abuse in personality disorder diagnoses. Participants will examine how to apply systemic theories to address these dual diagnoses; to effectively use couple, relational, and family theories to inform systemic case conceptualization and treatment planning. They will learn to recognize their process when approaching this population as they deepen their diagnostic and treatment skills for addressing trauma and personality disorders.

Questions posed will include: How do you recognize and address trauma when it is at the root of a personality disorder? How do you recognize the diagnostic criteria for multiple personality disorders when there is a dual diagnosis of trauma? How much of yourself do you bring into the room when addressing the dual diagnosis of trauma and personality disorders?

Learning Objectives:

  • To recognize when personality disorder symptoms are rooted in traumatic experiences
  • To learn and implement systemic theories when treating the dual diagnoses of trauma and personality disorders
  • To have exploratory conversations about the self-of-the-therapist and how it might show up in the work with this population


Lastenia Francis, LMFT is the Founder of Meaningful Emotion Therapy, LLC. She was first drawn to Marriage & Family Therapy because she wanted to help strengthen Black families. For the past 8 years, she has been committed to that purpose. She has experience providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy in primarily Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Her focus has and continues to be on treating trauma experienced by marginalized communities as it relates to their ability to build healthy relationships. Her work takes a strong look at intersectional identities and how that shows up in how the individual shows up for themselves, their partner, and their children.

Return to Workshops

  • June 16, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lastenia Francis, PhD, LMFT

3 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


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