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WPA/ISSPD Educational Program on Personality Disorders

WPA Regional Meeting in Athens March 12-15, 2004

Erik Simonsen

Chair, Section on Personality Disorders

E-mail: rfes@ra.dk

WPA Educational Programs

WPA provide international support to national and regional efforts to educate psychiatrists, general practitioners and other health professionals

WPA Educational programs- examples

  • Teaching and learning about Schizophrenia

  • WPA/PTD Program on Depressive Disorders

  • Social Phobia

  • ICD-10 Training kit

WPA/ISSPD Educational program on Personality Disorders

under development by the steering committee:

Theodore Millon

Elsa Ronningstam

Erik Simonsen (chairman)

will be availabe on the website 2006

WPA/ISSPD Educational Program on Personality Disorders

  • Module I (general overview)

  • Module II (specific disorders)

  • Module III (vignettes)

WPA/ISSPD module I (a)

  • Introduction

    Scope of problem

    Social costs

  • Definition

    Differentiating normality and abnormality

  • Historical review

  • Classification

    Current official systems

    Alternaltive models

WPA/ISSPD module I (b)

  • Developmental pathogenesis

    biogenic influences

    psychogenic influences

    sociogenic influences

  • Diagnostic assessment

    Clinical observation

    Rating scales and checklists

    Selfreport inventories

    Projective techniques

WPA/ISSPD module I (c)

  • Therapeutic management

    Psychodynamic therapies

    Cognitive therapies

    Biological treatemnt

    Combining pharmatherapy and psychotherapy

Contributors to module I

Ted Millon, Allan Frances, Joel Paris, Renato Alarcon, Robert Ruegg, Juan J. Lopez-Ibor, G.E.Berrios, Erik Simonsen, Vincent Caballo, Drew Westen, Michael Rutter, Peter Tyrer,

Irving Weiner, Judith Beck, Seth Grossman,

Glen O. Gabbard, W. John Livesley

Mel Sabshin (reviewer)


Clinical presentations of the specific personality disorders

Contributors to module II

  • Larry Siever, US (Paranoid)

  • Henning Sass & Reinhild Schwarte , Germany (Schizoid)

  • Svenn Torgersen, Norway (Schizotypal)

  • Stephen Hart, US (Dyssocial)

  • Anthony Bateman, England (Borderline)

  • Bruce Phohl, US (Histrionic)

  • Elsa Ronningstam, US (Narcissistic)

  • Yutaka Ono, Japan (Avoidant)

  • Robert Bernstein, US (Dependent)

  • Vincent Caballo, Spain (Obsessive-Compulsive)

  • Michael Stone, US (Sadistic)

  • Chris Perry, US (Passive-aggressive)

Module III

Real cases presented following given format:

presenting complaints

history of illness

mental status

family and social history

medical history

treatment course

differential diagnosis


Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Holland, Italy, Norway, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Spain, USA, Uruguay


Please contact: Erik Simonsen: rfes@ra.dk


  • Assessment and treatment of Personality Disorders is an underdeveloped service within General Psychiatry

  • There is a lot of stigma and lack of knowledge

  • Education is needed, both in primary care and in secondary care

  • WPA/ISSPD Educational Program will be an important step forward

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