Supporting and transforming the community of dispute resolution practice by providing leadership, direction and growth.

28 August 2018 - Personality Disorders and Dispute Resolution

28 August 2018 - Personality Disorders and Dispute Resolution


Wendy Buchanan, psychologist


The process of Mediation can sometimes be derailed by the attitudes and tactics of High Conflict Individuals. Could these people be presenting with a diagnosable Personality Disorder? What might be the underlying beliefs and misunderstandings that supply motivation for their behaviour? And what is a Personality anyway?

We explore the controversy around the diagnosis of Personality Disorders and examine some of the tactics and attitudes that may hinder the Mediation Process. We then discuss how an awareness of personality patterns may assist the mediator to avoid being enrolled in negotiation traps.

Learning Goals

  • Become familiar with the current DSM-5 Diagnostic categories of Personality Disorder and the controversy around them
  • Recognise Patterns of Behaviour that may impact the Mediation Process.
  • Review the Personality Disorders most likely to be involved in a Mediation (Cluster B: Dramatic, Emotional, or Erratic Personality Disorders)
  • Understand the Attachment process and its impact on the development of a Personality Disorder
  • Understand why these maladaptive Patterns of behaviour often become more intense in a High Conflict Divorce.
  • Recognise how the Mediator may be impacted by Maladaptive Behaviour Patterns
* Ticket type:


Additional Info

  • Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Venue (Address): NSW Bar Dispute Resolution Centre Selborne Chambers Level 1, 174 Phillip Street Sydney NSW 2000
  • Price: $75.00 for members; $100 for non-members
back to top