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, Leeds and Isle of Man.
Inverness 21st March to 23rd March 2017
The conference programme can be found here.
This year we were 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. Many thanks to the local team for such a well organised conference.
A big thank you to Tom Bailey for his fantastic art work of all the discussions at the conference and his summary.
Highlights of the conference included keynote addresses from Professor Peter Fonagy, the 2017 Senior Scientist award winner, from 2017 Senior Practitioner Award winner, Dr Jackie Craisatti, and from our keynote speaker Dr Lucy Johnstone. We also enjoyed a talk by Alan Bissett about our identity and sense of community.
Dr Lucy Johnstone gave an overview of current challenges and alternatives to psychiatric classification, with particular reference to the contested category of 'personality disorder.' She argued that it is time to abandon a term that lacks validity and is often experienced as harmful by service users. She outlined the principles of a forthcoming non-medical framework for understanding emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour.
Professor Fonagy’s talk focused on the concept of epistemic trust as it relates to our conceptualization of personality disorder. Asking, if the apparent rigidity of personality disorder is 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 was the address from the 2017 Senior Practitioner Award winner, Dr Jackie Craisatti, who traced the highs and lows of the past 15 years’ development in models of care for offenders with personality disorder, and provided a very personal take on the challenges of the next five years.
Peter Fonagy Senior Scientist Address- Epistemic Trust in personality disorder
Lucy Johnstone Beyond diagnosis and disorder
Jackie Craissati Senior Practitioner Address
Lisa Campbell - Evaluating the efficacy of personality disorder training for police officers
Catriona Connell - Participation in prosocial occupation among offenders - Winner of the Junior Scientist Award - Well done
Penny Cutting/ Caroline Falconer/ Paul Moran - Virtual reality adjunct to MBT
Rebecca French - An integrated modular approach within a female personality disorder unit
Emma Jones – Get Tweeting: Personality disorder and social media
Vanessa Jones - Developing plant emoticon scale
Mark McFetridge, Gavin Lewis, Brendan Dunlop - Attachment styles in DBT informed TC
Marc Kerry - Trauma-informed mental health sevrice at HMP/YOI Low Newton
Joe Reilly - Non-diagnosis in community teams
Kristy Summers/ Zoe Otter - DBT skills manual in female medium secure
Ruth Sutherland/ Sharon Prince - Creating meaningful pathways for individuals with personality disorder
Sandra Walker – Extremely unique people developing
Heather Wolfe - The Compass Project - Winner of the Poster Competition – Well done
Kirsten Barnicot - Personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: Implications for DBT and MDT
Di Bailey/ Claire De Motte - Reducing self harm in prison
Jane Bradley- Relational Thinking
Mike Crawford- The role of ‘sense of self’
Benjamin Griffin/ Kate Saunders - The impact of group therapy for borderline personality disorder
Katie Goodlad - Criminal narrative experience
Alan Hirons - Occupational therapy in offender personality disorder services
Melanie Hunter - High secure secures HMP Frankland
Darren Johnson - Comorbidity
Darren Johnson - Social skills and emotional modulation in high secure
Mark Morris/ Amanda Spong – Taking responsibility
Lisa Maltman/ Alan Hirons - Compass project
Simon Murphy - An evaluation of adapted individual MBT
Phil Neal - Early maladaptive schemas and critical thinking styles
Neil Piggin - Exploring the experience of managers working withing a psychologically informed commissioning relationship
Sue Ryan - Stories of Second Chances
Dan Warrender - Staff nurse perceptions of the impact of mentalization-based therapy skills training when working with borderline personality disorder in acute mental health
Andrea Williams - MBT questionnaire
Jorge Zimbron/ Simon Paveling/ Lee Davies - The impact of positive risk taking
Symposiums and Workshops
NOMS interventions services – The importance of Responsivity
Leeds personality disorder service – Reimagining service user invovlement
Offender personality disorder services- Developing standards and model of delivery for interventions
Different ways of experiencing EMBRACE
Social media workshop #BIGSPD17
Personality disorder services in the Highlands: Development of a personality disorder service; Integrated care pathway; Day service