Riga goes virtual: ESSPD Workshops on Personality Disorders
Skills Training for Effective Treatments

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June 3–5, 2021

Faculty & general topics

  • Anthony Bateman – Structured Clinical Management
  • Arnoud Arntz – Schema Therapy
  • Bo Bach – ICD-11 Classification of Personality Disorders
  • Michaela Swales – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Svenja Taubner – Mentalization-Based Treatment
  • Stephan Doering – Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Participation Fees

For the workshops the following participation fees will apply.
Full program (6 workshops / 3,5 hours each):

Full participation fee
For participants from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea (Republic of Korea), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, United States: 240€

Reduced fee
For all nurses, social workers, students and participants from all countries not listed above : 120€

Single workshop : 80€


  • Please note that the deadline for registrations will be 01st June, last minute registrations might result in delayed processing
  • The Workshops will be organized as a virtual event with on-line participation of speakers and participants.
  • All times are Eastern european Summer time
  • If participation is cancelled by 20th May 2021, the participation fee will be reimbursed, minus a processing fee of € 25,- per person. After this time, no refund will be issued.


ESSPD in collaboration with University of Latvia Faculty of Medicine, Latvian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Latvian Association of Medical Psychotherapists and The Baltic Schema Therapy Institute.

Preliminary Programme

Eastern European standard time


Workshop 1:

Anthony Bateman – Principles of Structured Clinical Management for borderline personality disorder

SCM is a pragmatic and atheoretical psychological approach to emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) / borderline personality disorder (BPD) (Bateman and Krawitz 2013). SCM follows the principles of consistency, coherence, and continuity of interventions to target the specific symptoms of an individual’s personality disorder (PD) thereby meeting all the recommendations for structured clinical care outlined in the NICE Guidance for BPD (NICE 2009).

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Lunch and virtual social gathering


Workshop 2:

Michaela Swales – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Treating Complexity and Risk

This workshop will briefly describe the underlying therapeutic principles of DBT and how they are delivered in practice. We will focus on the practical application of DBT principles and will give participants experience of using behavioural analysis, validation and dialectics via role-play, video and small group exercises.


There are short breaks throughout workshops


Workshop 3:

Bo Bach – Rationale, essential features, and clinical application of the ICD-11 personality disorder classification

This workshop will provide an overview of the ICD-11 personality disorder classification. The rationale of using a common dimension of personality functioning (i.e., mild, moderate, severe) will be presented, and the underlying principles of using trait domain qualifiers (i.e., negative affectivity, detachment, dissociality, disinhibition, and anankastia) will be elucidated.

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Lunch and virtual social gathering


Workshop 4:

Arnoud Arntz – Imagery Rescripting as a transdiagnostic technique

Many disorders are related to adverse experiences early in development. Imagery Rescripting is a technique to change the meaning attached to such experiences, which might have a strong effect on present problems. This lecture offers an introduction in the technique, including how it can be used when patients do not present with a list of traumas (as they do in case of PTSD), an overview of different areas of application, and a discussion of the evidence base. Imagery Rescripting can be used as a standalone technique, or integrated in other treatments. It turns out to have a high effectiveness in a wide variety of disorders, and seems to be especially helpful for more complex presentations.


There are short breaks throughout workshops


Workshop 5:

Svenja Taubner – Mentalization-Based Treatment for adolescents and young adults

In the workshop basic elements of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) will be explained, discussed and demonstrated using video examples and role play. MBT has been developed for the treatment of personality disorders in adults and has been further developed for the treatment of adolescents and young adults with emerging personality disorders.

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Lunch and virtual social gathering


Workshop 6:

Stephan Doering – Introduction to Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

This workshop gives an introduction to Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), which is a psychodynamic treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. TFP has been manualized and has demonstrated its efficacy in the treatment of borderline patients in randomized-controlled trials. Thus, it can be regarded empirically validated.

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There are short breaks throughout workshops


Anthony Bateman

Anthony Bateman biosketch

Prof Anthony W Bateman MA, FRCPsych is Consultant to the Anna Freud Centre, London; Visiting Professor University College, London; Honorary Professor in Psychotherapy University of Copenhagen.

He developed mentalization based treatment (MBT) and structured clinical management (SCM) for borderline personality disorder and studied their effectiveness in research trials.

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Arnoud Arntz

Arnoud Arntz biosketch

Arnoud Arntz is professor of Clinical Psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His main research interests lie in the fields of PTSD and personality disorders, both applied and fundamental. He also practices as a therapist at PsyQ in Amsterdam, where he treats patients with trauma and personality disorders. He is a former editor of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

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Bo Bach

Bo Bach biosketch

Clinical Psychologist and Research Manager at Center for Personality Disorder Research (CPDR), Slagelse Psychiatric Hospital, Denmark

Bo Bach is research manager at the Center for Personality Disorder Research (CPDR), Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand – and a part-time clinical psychologist in an outpatient unit at Slagelse Psychiatric Hospital.

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Michaela Swales

Michaela Swales biosketch

Michaela Swales PhD is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Professor in Clinical Psychology on the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme, Bangor University.  She trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Seattle in 1994 / 95 with Marsha Linehan and for twenty years ran a clinical programme for suicidal young people in an inpatient service.  Professor Swales is the Director of the British Isles Training Team, an International Affiliate of the Linehan Institute.

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Stephan Doering

Stephan Doering biosketch

Dr. Stephan Doering is psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, IPA). He is chair and professor of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and head of the Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His main research foci are psychotherapy research, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders, neurobiological aspects of psychotherapy, and psychosomatic medicine.

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Svenja Taubner

Svenja Taubner biosketch

Svenja Taubner is Professor for Psychosocial Prevention at the medical faculty of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She is the director of the Institute for Psychosocial Prevention at the University-Hospital Heidelberg.

She has studied psychology and received her PhD at the University Bremen (Germany) and has worked as researcher at the universities Ulm, Kassel and Berlin (Germany).

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