Understanding personality disorder through developmental pathways and trauma: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION FACE 2 FACE

Registration closes @12 noon on 09.05.24

People with borderline and antisocial personality disorders have poor health and mental health and difficulties forming and maintaining relationships. They are frequently referred to health services with high levels of emotional distress and self-harm.

For many years, therapeutic nihilism was associated with these diagnoses but we now know that psychological therapies are helpful, particularly for those with BPD. Pharmacological therapies, on the other hand, are generally not recommended.

Psychological therapies have differed in intensity, length of treatment and in complexity of theory and techniques. CBTpd is an effective evidence-based therapy for people with both borderline and antisocial personality disorder. CBTpd takes a developmental perspective, engaging the person in producing a narrative formulation of their unique circumstances and problems. Treatment techniques focus on emotional and behavioural regulation, in the context of interpersonal relationships. Developing a non-judgemental, authentic, and warm therapeutic relationship is central in CBTpd.

The workshop will increase participant’s knowledge and understanding of borderline and antisocial personality disorders. Key issues and problems in carrying out therapy will be discussed. CBTpd takes a developmental perspective to produce a narrative, in-depth formulation. Participants will devise ways to regulate emotions using their clinical and personal experience and consider behavioural experiments to improve relationships.

Training modalities
The workshop will be interactive and include both experiential and didactic teaching and videos.

Participants will be able to discuss how they work with patients with PD and how they manage problems in the therapeutic relationship.


Prof. Kate Davidson

Kate Davidson is Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow.  She was a Member of the National Confidential Forum in Scotland, set up to listen and acknowledge people’s childhood experiences of institutional care in Scotland.  She worked as a Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health in the NHS in Scotland for over 35 years.  She was founder and Director of the South of Scotland CBT Course. She was past President of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder, Board member of the International Society for the Study of Personality and Editor of the journal Personality and Mental Health. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Her clinical and research work has focused on developing effective therapies for people who harm themselves or who harm others, many of whom had experienced deprivation, and emotional and physical abuse, in childhood and adolescence.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website www.octc.uk

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

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The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.