Clinical Social Work Practice With the Severely Disturbed Client

By Brian Rasmussen
Edited by Jerrold R. Brandell

Developed in collaboration with social workers Brian Rasmussen and Jerrold R. Brandell, this course equips participants with the information and interventions they need to treat severely disturbed clients. 
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  • Self-Paced
  • 1 Credit
  • Timely Material
  • Expert Faculty

About the Course

After taking this course, you will be able to: 

  • Identify the difficulties of supporting severely disturbed clients. 
  • Differentiate among evidence-based approaches to treating clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). 
  • Identify practice principles that guide treatment of severely disturbed clients. 

You will earn 1 credit by completing this course. 

Please note: Accreditation not available in New York, New Jersey, or West Virginia.


Brian Rasmussen, Ph.D., RSW is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. He consults on the editorial boards for Psychoanalytic Social Work, Smith College Studies in Social Work, and the Journal of Social Work Practice.

Jerrold R. Brandell is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University School of Social Work, where he taught from 1992 -2020, and also served in several administrative roles, including interim dean. A practicing psychotherapist-psychoanalyst, he is (founding) editor-in-chief of Psychoanalytic Social Work. He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and 16 books in the discipline.