BIGSPD was formed in 2000 and is a focus for academic and professional networking in the field of personality disorder. The main event each year is a stimulating conference with international speakers presenting new research findings and clinical approaches to Personality Disorders. Previous meetings have been held in London, Leicester, Jersey, Dublin, Cardiff, Glasgow, Nottingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Belfast, Lincoln and Leeds.
Our next conference will be in Inverness from 21st March 2017 to 23rd March 2017. Abstract submission has now closed. All places are now fully booked and registration is closed. The conference programme can be found here.
This year we are delighted to be holding the conference at the Kingsmills Hotel, a 17th century mansion set in four acres of grounds, amidst the beautiful scenery of Inverness - the 'Highlands Capital' of Scotland.
Highlights of the conference will include keynote addresses from Professor Peter Fonagy, this year’s Senior Scientist award winner, from this year’s Senior Practitioner Award winner, Dr Jackie Craisatti, and from our keynote speaker Dr Lucy Johnstone.
Dr Lucy Johnstone will give an overview of current challenges and alternatives to psychiatric classification, with particular reference to the contested category of 'personality disorder.' She will argue that it is time to abandon a term that lacks validity and is often experienced as harmful by service users. She will outline the principles of a forthcoming non-medical framework for understanding emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour.
Professor Fonagy’s talk will focus on the concept of epistemic trust as it relates to our conceptualization of personality disorder. Is the apparent rigidity of personality disorder the consequence of problems being embedded in character, as traditionally thought, or a more specific difficulty in placing trust in socially communicated knowledge and information? Should we consider this a disorder or is it better seen as a failure to engage in regular interpersonal communication that protects us at times of social change?
A further highlight will be the address from this year’s Senior Practitioner Award winner, Dr Jackie Craisatti, who will trace the highs and lows of the past 15 years’ development in models of care for offenders with personality disorder, and will provide a very personal take on the challenges of the next five years.
Subsidised places for service-users and carers
We are currently aiming to support service-users and carers who have been selected to present at the conference but who would not otherwise be able to attend. Please contact Karen Sugars if this applies to you.
Getting to the conference
Inverness can be reached by train from all over the UK and the airport has flights from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Jersey, Manchester, and London. The conference venue is 10 minutes from Inverness station and 20 minutes from the airport.
Alternative accommodation can be found at http://www.inverness-scotland.com/stay-inverness.php
Community of Practice Events
BIGSPD are currently working towards developing a learning community which can support and connect individuals in working with personality disorder and will therefore be facilitating and coordinating learning regular events to share, thinking, innovation and significant developments which will enhance our efforts to reduce distress and improve lives. The first Community of Practice event was on Wednesday 14th December 2016 at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, LS9 7LN. The aim of the day was to generate ideas for developing a community of practice - a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly and engage in a process of collective learning. Additionally, expert clinicians, researchers and experts by experience gave a picture of the latest initiatives and developments in working with clients with personality disorder in community, Tier 4 and forensic services and on the work of the Personality Disorder Commission.
Our 17th Annual Conference was held on the Isle of Man from March 15th to March 17th 2016.
This year we held our annual conference in Douglas on the Isle of Man. The venue was the stunning Villa Marina , and the glorious sunshine allowed delegates to take in the beautiful sea views and enjoy many a stroll amidst the Villa's elegant gardens and along Douglas' charming 19th century promenade. Many thanks to Dr Tim Byrne and his excellent team of local organisers.
The conference featured an inspiring keynote address from Professor Anthony Bateman, co-developer of mentalization based therapy, who reflected on lessons learnt and future directions for advancing research and treatment for personality disorder. An equally stimulating talk was given by our second keynote speaker, Dr Kate Saunders, University of Oxford, who shared insights from her innovative work on mood tracking in borderline personality and bipolar disorders, including a fascinating interactive look at the link between conference mealtimes and delegates' own mood ratings! The conference was opened by Dr Malcom Couch, C.E.O. of Health and Social Care on the Isle of Man, who gave a fascinating insight into healthcare challenges and service planning on the Island, with particular reference to mental health services. This year's Senior Practitioner award winner, Dr Winifred Bolton, was recognised for her powerful championing of high-level service user involvement in service delivery, and gave a moving address about the psychology of service user involvement in personality disorder services. This year's Senior Scientist Award winner was Dr Paul Moran, who was recognised for his outstanding contribution to advancing knowledge on the epidemiology and treatment of personality disorders. His Senior Scientist address presented some compelling and thought-provoking findings based on his extensive research work on the public health implications of personality disorder, leaving delegates feeling inspired to take action on this issue.
This year we introduced for the first time a film programme, including a variety of short films from delegates, and a screening of "Ida's Diary" in association with Emergence. This powerful film documentary uses real-time footage of a young Norwegian woman's life as she struggles with many of the issues associated with the diagnosis of emotionally unstable (borderline) personality disorder, and we were privileged to be able to discuss the film with both director August Hanssen and Ida herself.
The plenary presentations and a selection of delegate presentations are available here:
Keynote Address - Professor Anthony Bateman
Senior Scientist Address - Dr Paul Moran
Senior Practitioner Address - Dr Winifred Bolton
The keynote address from Dr Kate Saunders will follow shortly.
Community Personality Disorder Services
Consultation to staff teams - C Middle - 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust
PD intervention in IAPT - G Lamph - 5 Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust
Dropout from psychoeducational groups - Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT
Mental health worker attitudes - J Wackett - University of Kent
From involvement to employment - J Chiocchi - 5 Boroughs NHS FT Innovative practice and systemic integration - E Touroni - CANDI NHS FT
Co-facilitation of a DBT pre-treatment group - CANDI NHS FT and Emergence
Mechanisms of change in MBT - Forster et al. - Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT
Equine assisted therapy - H Turrell - Shaw Specialist Services
National Personality Disorder Service Survey - Dale, Sethi, Evans et al. - WLMHT
Psychologically informed consultation & training - CANDI NHS FT & Emergence
Pre - structured clinical management - CANDI NHS FT & Emergence
Benzodiazepine & opioid prescribing - McLoughlin et al. - Belfast HSC Trust
Developing co-produced services - A tale that is still being written - Whyte et al. - BSMHFT
Developing co-produced services - Handout - Whyte et al. - BSMHFT NHS
Setting up a therapeutic community - From Scratch - K Harding - Wales
Offender Personality Disorder Services
Constructing case formulations - McMullan et al. - Yorkshire & Humberside
A unified clinical model for inpatient services - Firski & Renwick - Cambian
Creating Enabling Environments - Davies et al. - Wales
Formulating problems in multi-agency work - Sutherland - Leeds & Yorkshire
Latest developments in the Yorkshire-Humberside Partnership - J Ramsden
Evaluation of the Community Model - J Cattell - London Offenders Pathway
Service-user involvement & coproduction- Falshaw & Grocott - Tees, Esk & Wear
Service-user involvement in a high secure service - Bennett - HMP Frankland
Ethical considerations in qualitative research - Jones - UCLAN (Lancashire)
MBT skills training for inpatient staff - Williams et al. - NHS Glasgow & Clyde
Professional perspectives on PD in CAMHS - K Wright - UCLAN (Lancashire)
Safewards for Safe Homes - Amri, Scullion, Hadfield, Kingsley - Care in Mind
An evaluation of case-based teaching - Wright & Ramos - UCLAN (Lancashire)
Personality disorder in detained Asians - P Sen et al. - St Andrew's Healthcare
Social baseline theory and the treatment of BPD - R O'Hanlon