Exploring Controversies and Ethical Considerations in Personality and Paraphilic Disorders

In this week case, you will explore personality and paraphilic disorders in greater detail. You will 
research potentially controversial elements of the diagnosis and/or treatment and explain ethical 
and legal considerations when working with these disorders.
Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide on assessing, diagnosing, and treating personality and paraphilic disorders.
Select a specific personality or paraphilic disorder from the DSM-5-TR to use for this Assignment.
Use the Walden Library to investigate your chosen disorder further, including controversial aspects of the disorder, maintaining the therapeutic relationship, and ethical and legal considerations. 
In 3 pages:
Explain the controversy that surrounds your selected disorder.
Explain your professional beliefs about this disorder, supporting your rationale with at least three scholarly references from the literature.
Explain strategies for maintaining the therapeutic relationship with a patient that may present with this disorder.
Finally, explain ethical and legal considerations related to this disorder that you need to bring to your practice and why they are important.
Reading Resources
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: NICE Guidelines. (2010). Antisocial personality disorder: Prevention and managementLinks to an external site..


Boland, R. Verdiun, M. L. & Ruiz, P. (2022).  Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry (12th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. 

Chapter 19 “Personality Disorders”

Thapar, A., Pine, D. S., Leckman, J. F., Scott, S., Snowling, M. J., & Taylor, E. A. (Eds.). (2015). Rutter’s child and adolescent psychiatry (6th ed.). Wiley Blackwell.  

Chapter 67, “Disorders of Personality”
Chapter 68, “Developmental Risk for Psychopathy”
Chapter 69, “Gender Dysphoria and Paraphilic Sexual       Disorders” (pp. 988–993 only)


Zakhari, R. (2021). The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification review manual. Springer Publishing Company.

Chapter 14, “Personality Disorders”

Buchanan, N. T. (2020, April 13). Lecture 14 part 3: Paraphilic disordersLinks to an external site. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykkMo9t0bxs

MDedge. (2020, January 22). Personality disorders with Dr. Frank YeomansLinks to an external site. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESQIDslCX_s

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