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Navigating Challenging Personalities: Strategies for Success


Emily R. Cash, Psy.D. explores how to minister effectively to people with complicated personalities.

Product Description


Dealing with challenging personalities consumes much of our time and energy and can hinder our personal and professional effectiveness.  Emily R. Cash, Psy.D. explores how we can navigate complicated personalities and minister effectively to these individuals.

This presentation highlights the different types of personality disorders, identifies the key characteristics of these personalities, and suggests concrete strategies for navigating complicated relationships. The session includes review of case examples and discussion of real-world challenges facing ministry leaders.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to identify characteristics of various personality disorders
  2. Explore the ways personality disorders manifest themselves in relationships
  3. Identify practical strategies for navigating complicated relationships.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, religious, diocesan lay ministers, parish staff, seminarians, and those involved in vocations, formation, and personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. Can a person with a personality disorder really change his/her behavior?
  2. What are the treatment options for individuals with personality disorders?
  3. Which types of personality disorders are more typically seen among those in ministry?