Upcoming ESSPD events in 2023

ESSPD Webinar: Parenting and mother-child interaction

Mothers with BPD are often unable to recognize and/or respond (to) their children’s needs, are inconsistent in their parenting styles and have difficulties in setting adequate limits. Difficulties in emotion regulation are a core feature of BPD and constitute a severe problem for parenting. As a result, children of mothers with BPD are often missing adequate role models and orientation – and are at high risk to develop dysfunctional behavior patterns themselves. The training “Parenting skills for mothers with BPD” aims to support these mothers to develop positive parenting strategies and thereby to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies.

In the webinar, we will present main aims and therapeutic strategies of the training, supported by video examples and short role plays.


Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 17:00–18:30 CET



Babette Renneberg, Germany

Director of the Outpatient Psychotherapy Treatment Centre at Freie Universität Berlin

Charlotte Rosenbach, Germany

Doctor of Psychology, FUB · Institute of Psychology

ESSPD Webinar: Advances in the understanding and treatment of pathological narcissism

The webinar will offer an overview of current conceptualizations and new perspectives on the study of pathological narcissism. First, the conceptualization and pressing issues in relationship with dimensional conceptions of personality disorders will be discussed. Then, we will discuss principles of intervention which address pathological narcissism, the therapeutic strategies, and discuss research evidence on psychotherapy for pathological narcissism. Finally, the impact of pathological narcissism on the social interaction, family and peers will be discussed.


Wednesday, May 31, 2023 | 17:00–18:30 CET



Elsa Ronningstam, US

Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

David Kealy, Canada

Associate Professor Institute of Mental Health Canada

Ueli Kramer, Switzerland

Department of Psychiatry, University of Lausanne

Eve Caligor, US

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Psychotherapy Division Training

Nicholas Day, Australia

Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Past events

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


Wed 30 March 2022 | 17:30–19:00 CET



Recording available

Those that didn’t have the chance to attend the webinar can now purchase access to the recording.

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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40479-022-00182-0

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.


Participation fee:

Reduced fee for ESSPD members: