ESSPD Webinar: New pathways to improve early detection and intervention in borderline personality disorder


Monday, January 16, 2023 | 17:30–19:00 CET




The webinar gives an overview on current developments in the field of early detection and intervention in BPD. First, current state of the art will be introduced and justified. Afterwards, new avenues will be presented that range from prevention of BPD via early detection in children to personalized treatment and stepped-care in adolescents. The potential of biomarkers and e-mental health will also be discussed.

Michael Kaess,  Switzerland

Chair and Director University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Bern

ESSPD Webinar: The ICD-11 Classification of Personality Disorders – Challenges and Opportunities


Wed 30 March 2022 | 17:30–19:00 CET




This second ESSPD webinar was devoted to informing European mental health professionals about the now released ICD-11 classification of personality disorders and how it may be used in clinical practice. Attendants watched three presentations by experts followed by a panel and audience discussion. The total length of the webinar is 1½ hour. In the first presentation, Mikaela Swales introduced and explained essential aspects of the new classification. In the second presentation, Bo Bach provided an overview of how the ICD-11 classification of personality disorder severity and trait domain specifiers may be carried out based on currently available instruments and different sources of information. In the third and final presentation, Sabine Herpertz gave a clinically-oriented overview and discussion of how the new classification may inform clinical practice and how established ICD-10 personality disorder types may be re-conceptualized within the ICD-11 new system. All three topics were eventually discussed, while pointing toward future research and implementation.

The webinar was accompanied by the ESSPD board’s new open-access publication on this topic:

Bach, B., Kramer, U., Doering, S., di Giacomo, E., Hutsebaut, J., Kaera, A., De Panfilis, C., Schmahl, C., Swales, M., Taubner, S., & Renneberg, B. (2022). The ICD-11 classification of personality disorders: a European perspective on challenges and opportunities. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 9(1), 12.

The following experts will be guiding you through the changes:

Michaela Swales, UK

Background information on the new ICD-11 classification system

Sabine Herpertz, Germany

Information on the implications of the new system for clinical practice

Bo Bach, Denmark

Information on diagnostic assessment of ICD-11 personality disorders

Babette Renneberg, Germany

The presentations will be followed by Q&A as well as general discussion, moderated by ESSPD president.

ESSPD Webinar: Euthanasia and assisted suicide for people with personality disorders in Europe – What is our current knowledge?


TUE | January 26, 2021 | 4 to 6 pm CET




The first ESSPD webinar was devoted to informing the European specialists working with Personality disorders about the widely unknown topic of euthanasia and assisted suicide for patients with severe mental disorders in general and particularly personality disorders. Attendants watched four presentations by experts followed by a 45-minute panel and audience discussion.

Find out more about the topic in the ESSPD paper.



Prof. Babette Renneberg (Berlin, Germany), president of the ESSPD


Prof. Christian Schmahl (Mannheim, Germany)

Dr. Ester di Giacomo

Milan, Italy

Introduction to the issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide with a view on psychiatric patients

Prof. Joris Vandenberghe

Leuven, Belgium

EAS and mental disorders in Belgium

Prof. Damiaan Denys

Amsterdam, Netherlands

EAS and mental disorders in The Netherlands

Prof. Lars Mehlum

Oslo, Norway

Transactional aspects of asking for and granting EAS in patients with personality disorders