International Perspectives on Engaging Families and Delivering Services – April 6-7, 2006

Borderline Personality Disorder:
International Perspectives on Engaging Families and Delivering Services

April 6-7, 2006
University of London, London, UK


The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD)
East End London and the City, Mental Health NHS Trust
North East London, Mental Health NHS Trust
North East London, Strategic Health Authority
University College, London

Course Description

This is the first international conference to focus on borderline personality disorder, engaging families and professionals whose lives are impacted by borderline personality disorder.
The program is specifically designed to offer professionals, relatives, and service users a forum to better understand the complexities and issues of the disorder from many and various perspectives.
Internationally-recognized faculty will be joined by family members, consumers, and advocates to present up-to-date information pertaining to many aspects of the disorder.


  • To create an appropriate forum of information exchange between individuals with PD, families of service users, researchers and policy makers in the field of PD.
  • To focus on the importance of the family as effective treatment agent
  • To present the best evaluated and most innovative treatment approaches to BPD nationally and internationally
  • To spell out the implications of basic science research for service development for PD
  • To identify best European and North American practice in the management and treatment of PD

Conference Description

The first day of the conference will be divided into two plenary sessions designed to set the context of BPD for commissioners of services and developers of new services. The morning session will be devoted to an overview of biopsychosocial models of BPD, and the experiences of service users and families of living with BPD. The afternoon will examine the evidence for developmental experiences leading to BPD and the longitudinal outcome of BPD.

The second day of the conference will be devoted to brief presentations of a wide range of therapeutic models and models of service delivery, and open question time for considering the applicability of these models both in the UK and the USA. The conference will finish with speakers from the Department of Health in the UK and a major health care provider in the USA delineating the funding context in which services may develop.


All Sessions will be chaired by:
Professor Peter Fonagy (UK) and Dr. Perry D. Hoffman (USA)

Thursday 6th April Part I

The Lived Experience of BPD

Professor Joel Paris (Canada) – A review of biopsychosocial models of BPD and ASPD
Donna Smart (UK) and Kiera Van Gelder (USA) –  Service users-perspective on living with BPD
Family (TBC; UK) and James Hall and Trisha Woodward (USA) – Carers/family perspective on living with BPD

Thursday 6th April Part II

Pathways into and out of BPD

Dr. Trudi Rossouw (UK) and Dr. Amanda Jones (UK) – Babies, mothers, and attachment in BPD
Dr. Mary C. Zanarini and Dr. Frances Frankenburg (USA) – Becoming BPD and ASPD: life events and vulnerabilities
Professor Andrew Skodol (TBC; USA) – What happens to BPD over time? The Collaborative Longitudinal Study of BPD (CliPS)

Friday 7th April Part I

Therapeutic Models for the treatment of BPD

Dr. Tom Lynch (USA) -Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dr. Anthony Bateman (UK) -Mentalization
Dr. Frank E. Yeomans (USA)-Transference-Focused Psychotherapy
Dr. Anthony Ryle/Dr. Ian Kerr (UK)-Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Dr. Ken Silk (USA) – Medical treatments for personality disorders

Friday 7th April Part II

Service Delivery Models for BPD

Dr. Marco Ciesa (UK) The Cassell Programme (therapeutic community and step down)
Nancee Blum (USA) Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving STEPPSTM
Professor Jonathan Hill and Dr. Toby Biggins (UK) ROSTA – Treating adolescents in foster care and looked after care with complex needs
Dr. Celia Taylor (UK) DSPD – Services for dangerous and severe personality disorder
Dr. Perry D. Hoffman and Dr. Alan Fruzetti (USA) – Working with families: a professional perspective
Dr. Dixianne Penney (USA) Family mentoring.

Friday 7th April Part III

Funding for developing services and increasing the evidence base in the UK

Dr. Nick Benefield and Professor Anthony Sheehan – UK Department of Health Personality Disorder Programme
Professor John Oldham – Overview of services funded in the USA.