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Black and White thinking: The controversies of 'personality disorder'

Black and White thinking: The controversies of 'personality disorder' 3rd December 2020, London

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Black and White thinking: The controversies of 'personality disorder'

This conference will explore the controversies currently raging around how people given the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder should be considered within society. The way we view people often impacts on how we treat them. Through a mixture of clinical and mixed experience, delegates will take part in presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions around these topics. There will be networking opportunities and chances to interact both in person and over social-media. People will leave with a knowledge of the different philosophies around how to be helpful to this client group and how to integrate ideas in order to be as effective as possible when offering help.

Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most controversial labels in mental health. It exists in today’s textbooks with a range of criteria to be met in order for the diagnosis to be given. We know that people who are given this diagnosis will have a lower life expectancy, have more risk of dying by suicide and are likely to have lived through significant trauma.

Despite this knowledge, those who are given the diagnosis are often not met with sympathy in mental health services. Papers such as The Patients Psychiatrists Dislike and No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion highlight the problematic attitudes caring staff frequently hold towards this client group.

Recent publications set the scene for this conference. The Consensus Statement on Personality Disorder asked for the label to be dropped entirely. The Power Threat Meaning Framework attempts to avoid labels and view people’s difficulties as understandable responses to trauma. The Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement is emphatic that diagnosis is the cornerstone of describing common problems leading to effective care and treatment. Perhaps the greatest criticism of the current system is that it is hard to build a relationship with someone when you tell them the core of their being is disordered.

These views will be explored and challenged as we will explore how to be helpful despite the polarities in current practice.

The conference is intended for mental health care practitioners of all kinds (including psychologists, psychiatrists, clinicians, practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists, community mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and primary and behavioural health care professionals, researchers, those with lived experience of the diagnosis as well as carers and family members. It will be of interest to those involved in health and social care policy and decision making.

 

Target audience

Frontline mental health workers
Psychologists
Psychiatrists
General Practitioners
Mental health nurses
Occupational Therapists
Social Workers
Probation Officers
Prison staff in young offender and adult settings
Women's mental health services
Personality disorder (PD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) units and services
Therapeutic communities
Mental health charities
Service Managers and Service Commissioners
Self-harm services: BPD user groups; self-harm user groups
NICE guidelines representatives
PD and self-harm experts
Service users and carers


  

Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)
Discounted Registration for Service Users (max 10)

We also offer a free Service User place for every 9 bookings received. Contact Romy Meuter: [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Organisationally-funded £195.00

Self-funded £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £145.00

Service Users (Only 10 spaces available)£75.00

Details

About the conference

Black and White thinking: The controversies of 'personality disorder'

This conference will explore the controversies currently raging around how people given the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder should be considered within society. The way we view people often impacts on how we treat them. Through a mixture of clinical and mixed experience, delegates will take part in presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions around these topics. There will be networking opportunities and chances to interact both in person and over social-media. People will leave with a knowledge of the different philosophies around how to be helpful to this client group and how to integrate ideas in order to be as effective as possible when offering help.

Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most controversial labels in mental health. It exists in today’s textbooks with a range of criteria to be met in order for the diagnosis to be given. We know that people who are given this diagnosis will have a lower life expectancy, have more risk of dying by suicide and are likely to have lived through significant trauma.

Despite this knowledge, those who are given the diagnosis are often not met with sympathy in mental health services. Papers such as The Patients Psychiatrists Dislike and No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion highlight the problematic attitudes caring staff frequently hold towards this client group.

Recent publications set the scene for this conference. The Consensus Statement on Personality Disorder asked for the label to be dropped entirely. The Power Threat Meaning Framework attempts to avoid labels and view people’s difficulties as understandable responses to trauma. The Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement is emphatic that diagnosis is the cornerstone of describing common problems leading to effective care and treatment. Perhaps the greatest criticism of the current system is that it is hard to build a relationship with someone when you tell them the core of their being is disordered.

These views will be explored and challenged as we will explore how to be helpful despite the polarities in current practice.

The conference is intended for mental health care practitioners of all kinds (including psychologists, psychiatrists, clinicians, practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists, community mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and primary and behavioural health care professionals, researchers, those with lived experience of the diagnosis as well as carers and family members. It will be of interest to those involved in health and social care policy and decision making.

 

Target audience

Frontline mental health workers
Psychologists
Psychiatrists
General Practitioners
Mental health nurses
Occupational Therapists
Social Workers
Probation Officers
Prison staff in young offender and adult settings
Women's mental health services
Personality disorder (PD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) units and services
Therapeutic communities
Mental health charities
Service Managers and Service Commissioners
Self-harm services: BPD user groups; self-harm user groups
NICE guidelines representatives
PD and self-harm experts
Service users and carers


  

Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)
Discounted Registration for Service Users (max 10)

We also offer a free Service User place for every 9 bookings received. Contact Romy Meuter: [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Organisationally-funded £195.00

Self-funded £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £145.00

Service Users (Only 10 spaces available)£75.00

Programme/ Speakers

 

Programme -subject to change-
09.00 - 09:30
Registration and Coffee

09:30 - 09:40
Chair’s Welcome Address
Keir Harding, Chair for the day

Clinical Lead Beam Consultancy Providing Illumination & Support

09:40 - 10:20
The Case for Personality Disorder in the Spotlight
Emeritus Prof Peter Tyrer,

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Brain Sciences, Imperial College, London

 


10:20 - 11:00
The Case against Diagnosis
Prof Peter Kinderman,

Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Liverpool

11:00 - 11:30
Morning Coffee, Networking

11:30 - 12:00
What Works for 'personality disorder'
Dr Jorge Zimbron,

Consultant in General Adult and Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Springbank Ward Fulbourn Hospital

12:00 - 12:30
Supporting survivors of trauma
Speaker to be advised,

12:30 - 13:00
Panel Discussion with morning speakers

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch, Networking

Workshops
CONFERENCE CONTINUES AND SPLITS INTO WORKSHOPS, Group will be split into Workshop A, B and C. Same workshops will be repeated in the afternoon session.

14:00 - 15:00
Workshop A
Stigma: Identifying and Challenging in Teams and Organisations

Keir Harding,

Clinical Lead Beam Consultancy Providing Illumination & Support

14:00 - 15:00
Workshop B
Personality disorder - a non-mentalising diagnosis?

Dr Jessica Yakeley,

Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy, Director, Portman Clinic, Director of Medical Education

 

 
Hollie Berrigan,
Advanced Lived Experienced Practitioner and Integrative Counsellor

15:00 - 15:20
Afternoon Coffee Break and Networking

Workshops
CONFERENCE CONTINUES AND SPLITS INTO WORKSHOPS, Group will be split into Workshop A, B and C

15:20 - 16:20
Workshop A
Stigma: Identifying and Challenging in Teams and Organisations

Keir Harding,

Clinical Lead Beam Consultancy Providing Illumination & Support

15:20 - 16:20
Workshop B
Personality disorder - a non-mentalising diagnosis?

Dr Jessica Yakeley,

Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy, Director, Portman Clinic, Director of Medical Education

 

 
Hollie Berrigan,
Personality Disorder Knowledge and Understanding Framework

16:20 - 16:40
This is the middle ground and Chair's Closing Remarks
Keir Harding, Co-Chair for the day

Clinical Lead Beam Consultancy Providing Illumination & Support

 

Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)
Discounted Registration for Service Users (max 10)

We also offer a free Service User place for every 9 bookings received. Contact Romy Meuter: [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Organisationally-funded £195.00

Self-funded £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £145.00

Service Users (Only 10 spaces available)£75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue

VENUE INFO

 

 

Lift

  • Address: 45 White Lion Street London, N1 9PW


Lift is a stunning venue in Islington. The former Victorian school has been transformed into meeting and training rooms, halls, roof top terrace, dance studio, performance space and a gym. Lift is located within a five minute walk of Angel underground station and the buzz of Upper Street. The income received from venue hire is invested in services for young people in Islington.

Travel info

Public Transport:Angel Underground Station, 5 minutes walk.
Buses: 4, 19, 30, 38, 43, 56, 73, 153, 205, 214, 341, 476.

 


 

Registration Space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Discounted Registration for Service Users (max 10)

We also offer a free Service User place for every 9 bookings received. Contact Romy Meuter: [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Organisationally-funded £195.00

Self-funded £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £145.00

Service Users (Only 10 spaces available)£75.00

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Discounted Registration for Service Users (max 10)

We also offer a free Service User place for every 9 bookings received. Contact Romy Meuter: [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Organisationally-funded £195.00

Self-funded £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £145.00

Service Users (Only 10 spaces available)£75.00

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