Treating Personality Pathology in a Time of Change

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Welcome to “Treating Personality Pathology in a Time of Change”

Dear members of the ESSPD, dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to « Treating Personality Pathology in a Time of Change », this year’s international meeting on personality disorders ! The European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) is delighted to invite you to Antwerp, Belgium, to our 7th congress, from September 23 to 25, 2024.

The preliminary program is published, early bird registration ends May 31st, 2024, so register now! We encourage everyone interested to get the much-needed update on personality disorders research and treatment to join us in unique Antwerp. The organizing and scientific committees of the ESSPD have joined forces to deliver a cutting-edge program, embedded in a vibrant Belgian city, a hub for creativity in 2024!

In Antwerp, we will learn about the developmental pathways of personality disorders. We will hear from experts about the evolution of our diagnostic systems. We will appreciate the effects of treatments and how treatments can be delivered in even more powerful ways, so they can reach those who need them the most. We will learn about the mechanisms of our treatments and how they can be studied in deeper ways. We will explore areas of personality pathology that have been under-researched and under-treated so far.

The 7th ESSPD conference will bring together expert clinicians and top researchers in a light-hearted and welcoming atmosphere. We will host an interactive poster session with exciting new data from all five corners of the world, and in particular from early career researchers. The ESSPD will honor the best work with our signature awards. We will humbly learn about the welcomed involvement of users and families, experts by lived experience on how to make our work even more fitting and relevant to them. Don’t miss the Social Dinner experience! Antwerp 2024 will be a lively and decontracted meeting where we exchange cutting-edge knowledge, and where the field may move a bit closer together in the striving of leaving a lasting impact.

Don’t miss this year’s ESSPD conference !

Ueli Kramer, PhD

ESSPD President

Ueli Kramer,
ESSPD President

Timeline of the Conference

Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 29th, 2024

Deadline for Award Submission: March 31st, 2024

Notification of acceptance of submissions: May 1st, 2024

Preliminary Program released: May 15th, 2024

Early Bird Registration ends: May 31st, 2024

7th ESSPD Congress/Borderline congress: September 23-25, 2024

Confirmed Speakers for ESSPD Antwerp 2024

Bo Bach (Denmark)

Anthony Bateman (UK)

Lois W. Choi-Kain (USA)

Carla Sharp (USA)

Svenja Taubner (Germany)

Martin Bohus (Germany)

Brin Grenyer (Australia)

Sabine C. Herpertz (Germany)

Christopher Hopwood (Switzerland)

Kenneth N. Levy (USA)

Shelley McMain (Canada)

Ulrich Reininghaus (Germany)

Lars Mehlum (Norway)

Stephan Doering (Austria)

Elsa Ronningstam (USA)

Alan E. Fruzzetti (USA)

Rasa Barkauskiene (Lithuania)

Remco van der Wijngaart (The Netherlands)

Alvise Orlandini (Italy)

Richard D. Lane (USA)

Lars Schulze (Germany)

Oliver Püschel (Germany)

Natascha van Dam (Belgium)

Saskia Bamberger (Germany)

Reasons to attend

  • Get informed about the latest, yet-to-be-published, research results in the field of personality disorders, including updates on MBT, DBT and TFP, adolescent treatment, antisocial and narcissistic PD, AMPD and its clinical implication, and much more.
  • Learn clinical skills to deal with disruptive behavior in-session, intimacy avoidance, dissociation and self-esteem issues by attending our clinical discussion with demonstration by experts
  • Join the presidential discussion on Mechanisms of change in psychotherapies for personality disorders
  • Meet colleagues in our ESSPD sections on social cognition and interpersonal functioning
  • Attend our keynotes
  • Take a look at a variety of poster presentations
  • Arrange your agenda as you like as all sessions will be recorded and kept available after the conference

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