Presented by Professor Martin Sellbom, this workshop will critically review current conceptualisations of the Personality Disorders (PD) based upon contemporary scientific research.


The aim is to critically examine the sustainability of our historical understanding of the Personality Disorders, including psychopathy. Are the DSM categorisations of Personality Disorder supported by current research? What does the research tell us?  What is the Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorder and how is it an improvement to the traditional model? How will the Personality Disorders be diagnosed in ICD-11? What are current gold standard assessment strategies? How can we make sense of the notion of Personality Disorder within broader contemporary approaches to case formulation? What do we know about treatment approaches to personality pathology? These questions and more will be covered in this in-depth examination of personality disorder along with an aim towards clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe assessment and differential diagnosis of traditional DSM-5 personality disorders
  • Understand the scientific and practical limitations of traditional personality disorder categories
  • Describe dimensional models of personality disorders and their scientific basis
  • Describe the current status of assessment approaches to dimensional personality models
  • Describe how to incorporate dimensional personality disorder concepts in case formulation
  • Describe the scientific status of treatment approaches to personality disorders


Please note: Workshops will not be confirmed to proceed until we reach minimum numbers,
so please check with us before you make any travel or accommodation bookings. 

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