Accreditation Information for Narcissistic Personality Disorder CE Course:
Course Title: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Release date: July, 2020
Expiration date: July, 2022
Estimated time to complete activity: 1.5 hours
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This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and Symptom Media.
Nurses, general practice physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, allied health professionals, and students and trainees of these disciplines.
Underlying Need for this Course
The purpose of this course is to to assist nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals in understanding the definition and diagnostic criteria, etiology, epidemiology, pharmacological and non-pharmacologic treatments, duration of symptoms, and complications associated with narcissistic personality disorder.
- Personality disorders, particularly Cluster B personality disorders including narcissistic, antisocial, borderline, and histrionic personality disorders are among the most common, challenging to manage, yet least identified and well treated of psychiatric disorders.
- Individuals with cluster b personality disorders, particularly narcissistic personality disorder, tend to be high utilizers of the health care system; therefore health care professionals are likely to see these patients.
- Cluster B personality disorders frequently co-occur with each other and other psychiatric disorders which elevates the risk of harm to self and others. This risk is particularly elevated with co-morbid narcissistic and antisocial personality disorder for violence; and narcissistic and borderline personality disorder for suicide. Therefore there is a need for allied health professionals to be able to distinguish between these disorders.
- Cluster B personality disorders, particularly narcissistic personality disorder, are highly stigmatized by health care providers leading to treatment that differs from that of the general population.
- Some evidence-based and other treatments exist to ameliorate co-morbid symptoms of Cluster B personality disorders and psychiatric disorders, including narcissistic personality disorder.
Personality disorders are argued to be of the most common yet least identified and well-treated psychiatric disorders. Nurses, physicians and other allied health professional are in an ideal position within the health care system to address deficiencies in treatment outcomes for personality disorders (Woods, 2002).
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel, borderline, narcissistic, antisocial and histrionic personality disorders are cluster B personality disorders, and frequently co-occur (APA, 2013). Notably, when they do co-occur, the risk for violence and suicide may be elevated. Co-morbid narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders in particular carry an elevated risk for violence (Lowenstein, et al, 2016). Co-occurring narcissistic and borderline personality disorder concur a higher suicide risk (Lowenstein, et al, 2016). Moreover, individuals with cluster b personality disorders tend to utilize health care resources more than the general population (Nestadt, et al, 1990).
Therefore, there is a need to address these gaps in professionalism, knowledge and skill in recognizing and differentiating between the cluster b personality disorders. Improving clinical assessment skills of cluster b personality disorders is a necessary step towards improving treatment and outcomes for people suffering from these psychiatric disorders.
- Clinicians need KNOWLEDGE on the signs, symptoms, common behaviors as well as etiology, epidemiology, the course of disease, diagnosis and treatments of narcissistic personality disorder.
- Clinicians need to be COMPETENT in recognizing the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and those that may place the patient at risk of harming themselves or others.
- Clinicians need to PERFORM in being able to identify narcissistic personality disorder and behaviors and psychiatric co-morbidities that elevate the risk for harm to self or others.
- Clinicians will improve their knowledge of the clinical presentation of the symptoms, and their knowledge of the causes, treatments, and diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder and general personality disorder.
- Clinicians will feel more competent in recognizing symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder.
- Clinicians will feel more prepared to perform a differential diagnosis to rule out other possible causes or psychiatric co-morbidities of narcissistic personality disorder, and consider evidence-based treatments.
By the end of this course learners will be able to:
- Define the criteria for a general personality disorder
- Define Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and its diagnostic criteria
- Describe the signs, symptoms and common behaviors of NPD
- Discuss possible causes of NPD
- Identify behaviors that are a risk for harming the self or others
- Discuss evidence-based and/or other treatments that may be helpful for NPD.
Meet your instructor: Aaron Miller, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC is an ANCC Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 11 years of experience working as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with individuals with serious mental illness including personality disorders. Aaron has a master’s degree in science, currently works as a faculty member in a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Master’s program in San Francisco, CA, and maintains a clinical practice in Oakland and Santa Rosa, CA with individuals with severe and chronic mental illness.
The course includes material designed to assist nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals in understanding the definition and diagnostic criteria, etiology, epidemiology, pharmacological and non-pharmacologic treatments, duration of symptoms, and complications associated with narcissistic personality disorder.
Online course slides with course objectives, a purpose statement, relevant course content, and references are offered alongside video demonstrations of symptoms and behaviors. Expert commentary is interspersed throughout the course videos to enhance learning and symptom recognition, and subject matter tests are offered to learners in multiple-choice format.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER) and Symptom Media. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This CE activity provides 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.
Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 1.5 contact hours.
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Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity (or insert fee amount if applicable). During the period July, 2020 through July, 2022, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest by recording the best answer to each question, 4) complete the evaluation.
A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.
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