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The Clinician's Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders

The Clinician's Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders was written for clinical professionals to increase therapeutic efficacy through the examination of each personality disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This guide covers general personality disorders and manifestation, neurological components, a developmental psychology approach to understanding how personality disorders develop and why they do not in some people. Each chapter on the individual personality disorders includes up-to-date information on etiology, prevalence, diagnosis from various sources above and beyond the DSM, case examples, and more.


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Daniel J. Fox
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30 Sep, 2013
PESI Publishing & Media
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DANIEL J. FOX, Ph.D., has been treating and specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for the last 14 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and has published several articles on personality, ethics, and neurofeedback. He is the author of The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders (PESI, 2013), Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook (PESI, 2015) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox (PESI, 2018). His specialty areas include personality disorders, ethics and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Fox has been teaching and supervising students for the last 13 years at various universities across the country, some of which include West Virginia University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Florida State University. He is a staff psychologist at the Federal Detention Center in Houston, Texas, adjunct assistant professor at University of Houston, as well as maintaining a private practice that specializes in working with difficult clients. Dr. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders, personality disorders and crime, emotional intelligence, managing mental health within the prison system and others.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Daniel Fox is in private practice. He receives royalties as an author for PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Fox receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Daniel Fox has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


“Dr. Fox has effectively pulled together modern thinking, current research and historical perspective into an efficient approach for addressing personality disorders. He does this in a way that is straightforward and presents this distinctive collection of material in a manner that is a pleasure to read. One of the great features of this work is that it attends to therapist’s ethical challenges and self-care needs specific to working with this often difficult population. Dr. Fox’s Clinician’s Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders appears to be setting a standard for applied clinical reference in the age of DSM-5TM.”
-Russell Wood, Ph.D.

“Dr. Fox has given clinicians a strong, straightforward grasp of personality disorders in his book The Clinician’s Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders. He also gathered all of the treatment modalities currently available that promotes movement for the client from their inflexible and pervasive patterns to develop skills that generate success. Whether you are a professional or supervisor looking for ways to support your practice or a general reader on a path of self-help, you can benefit from this clear, informative guide to understanding personality disorders.”
-Lillian Solis-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

“Daniel Fox has compiled, integrated, and analyzed a vast amount of information regarding the developing conceptualization of personality disorders. More than a targeted workbook, this text allows the practitioner to gain an in-depth understanding regarding the history of personality disorders, as well as the state of current research, diagnosis, and treatment for personality disorders as a whole and individually. In addition, the diagnosis and treatment recommendations are clear, well-founded in the literature, and provide an excellent framework for working with this difficult population. Moreover, this text provides information and tools which will prove useful in transitioning from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5. It is well-written, practical, and useful for practitioners across the career spectrum.
-Ashley Christiansen, Ph.D.

"An exceptionally well thought-out and artful conceptualization of working with personality disordered clients. A great source material for the novice and seasoned clinician who is seeking practical knowledge and tools in treating personality disorders."
-Kevin Jacques Siffert, Ph.D.

"Daniel Fox has written an essential, masterful therapist manual on Personality Disordered individuals. This manual provides the therapist a well-organized resource for conceptualizing the client, and explaining personality disorders to family members in an open, authoritative and helpful way."
-Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger, MSN, MA, PMHCNS-BC

"I enjoyed reading your book. I found it very practical and helpful. Your writing style is great. I really appreciated the examples from film and literature, as well as your case examples. I found the checklists to be of extraordinary use. Thanks for what you do."
-Rev Daniel Good, JCL, ME, MDiv

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