The Personality Disorders Treatment Planner


by Neil R. Bockian and Arthur E. Jongsma, Jr.


Published by Wiley, 2002

(ISBN: 0-471-39403-3, paperback, 409 pp.)



PART OF WILEY'S Practice Planners® SERIES: The bestselling treatment planning system for Mental Health Professionals


The Personality Disorders Treatment Planner provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third party payers, and state and federal review agencies.

  • Saves you hours of time-consuming paperwork, yet offers the freedom to develop customized treatment plans for clients with personality disorders.

  • Organized around 32 main presenting problems, from antisocial-malevolent and borderline-petulant to histrionic-appeasing, obsessive-compulsive, paranoid-fanatic, and others

  • Over 1,000 well-crafted, clear statements describe the behavioral manifestations of each relational problem, long-term goals, short-term objective, and clinically tested treatment options

  • Easy-to-use reference format helps locate treatment plan components by behavioral problem or DSM-IV™ diagnosis

  • Includes a sample treatment plan that conforms to the requitements of most third-party payers and accrediting agencies (including JCAHO and NCQA)


From the foreword by Theodore Millon, PhD, D.Sc.:

Professors Bockian and Jongsma have found an intriguing way to organize an important therapeutic subject.  I am especially impressed by the balance among diverse methods these authors have given, and the skill with which they have executed the task of representing alternative therapeutic models.  They have condensed as well as sharpened my own earlier efforts to develop a guide for treating the personality disorders.  Employing an integrative framework, they have succeeded in organizing a pioneering work, one that will be valuable to mature professionals of diverse orientations, as well as being eminently useful for students as well...What has been especially helpful to the reader is that their approach to therapy addresses not only the patient’s initial complaint – such as depression, anxiety, or alcoholism --  but is designed to undercut the patient’s longstanding habits and attitudes that give rise to these manifest symptoms.  They fully recognize also that personality disorders are themselves pathogenic, that is, these disorders set into motion secondary complications that persist and intensify the patient’s initial difficulties.  Presenting symptoms not only discomfort the patient, but the forces that undergird them diminish life’s potentials by creating persistent unhappiness, undoing close relationships, disrupting work opportunities, and undermining future aspirations... I was extremely pleased to see the authors’ willingness to grapple with the many “subtypes” of the classical personality disorders...Theirs is more than a simple listing of techniques, but a sensitive awareness of the uniqueness of each patient and the subtle differences that are called for in their treatment... Most textbooks shy away from discussing the treatment of personality disorders owing to their intricacies and uniqueness.  By contrast, the good doctors have organized a treatment model that can be understood by all well-trained and motivated students and professionals. 


Neil R. Bockian, Ph.D. is the coauthor of the Manual for the Millon Personality Disorders Checklist.

Arthur E. Jongsma, Jr., Ph.D. is the founder and Director of Psychological Consultants, a group private practice in Grand Rapids, MI.




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