Using Films to Understand Adjustment Disorder, Psychotic Disorder, Alzheimer's and More Personality Disorders

9:00 am-4:15 pm
CEUs: $80.00
No CEUs: $45.00
6.0 CEUs available for:
  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)
  • LPC/LPCC (RCX031303)
  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with CSWMFT board)

This workshop will help participants learn how to identify mental health disorders. Popular Hollywood films will be used as case studies to help understand the criteria and the treatment methods for the disorders as described in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The disorders that will be discussed are Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Neurocognitive Disorders (Minor/Major Neurocognitive Disorders), Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Adjustment Disorder. Small (breakout rooms) and large group discussions will occur. Three case examples of individuals diagnosed with Neurocognitive Disorders will be evaluated and we will compare their level of functioning. The computer game Kahoot will be played, and trainees will need a 2nd handheld device to log into the game page ( The game questions will pertain to this workshop.


  • Know ways in which mental illness was treated in the past compared to evidence based treatment methods used today.
  • Identify the following criteria for DSM disorders: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Neurocognitive Disorders, and Adjustment Disorder.
  • Utilize the key indicators of the disorder’s criteria in assessing adult vulnerabilities, as well as the need for further medical, geriatric, and psychological assessments.
  • Know the current treatment methods for individuals who are diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Neurocognitive Disorders (Minor and Major), Dementia- Alzheimer’s Disease, and Adjustment Disorder.

Speaker:  Dr. Linda Davis, PhD., LPC, LSW

Dr. Davis worked for Summit County Children's Services for 30 years.  During that time, she worked as in Intake worker, a Night Intake supervisor, a Crisis Intake Hotline Supervisor, Educational Resources Supervisor, Visitation Supervisor, and a Quality Improvement Manager. Dr. Davis, having successfully completed a two-year Ohio Child Welfare training, the Trainer Certificate Program, now spends her time as an independent trainer and consultant. Her areas of expertise currently include mental health counseling, visitation, attachment theory, child development, research, supervision, foster care, and assessment. Dr. Davis teaches seminars at Cleveland State and has also led classes on the Psychology of Learning, Child Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies, and Research at the University of Akron.  She infuses each of her sessions with knowledge, humor, and lots of tchotchkes.




Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.