Personality Disorders in the DSM 5

Time : 13:00 – 16:00
Length of Workshop : 3 hours
Type of Workshop : 3 Hour Session
Who should attend

Anyone interested, particularly:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychometrists
  • Registered Counsellors
  • Interns in these fields

Considering personality disorders as psychiatric disorders, and including these disorders in the DSM classification system has been an ongoing debate for many decades. The APA task team for personality disorders clearly debated these issues, and tried to find a way to address these. Their task was complicated by two important factors, i.e. doing away with a multi-axial classification system, and the fact that the DSM-5 has adopted a neurocognitive paradigm for the classification and description of disorders.

Early proposals for the classification of personality disorders by the APA was met by great resistance from clinicians. In this presentation I will highlight how the APA tried to appease clinicians as far as possible in the DSM-5. This has been done in 3 ways, i.e.

  • Noting certain Personality Disorders, i.e. Schizotypal PD in the Schizophrenia Spectrum category and the Anti-social PD in the Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorder category.
  • Retaining the Personality Disorder category, and
  • Including an alternative DSM-5 model for Personality Disorders.

The main focus of the workshop will be the alternative model for Personality Disorders.

Practice guidelines for psychometric assessment, instrument selection and application will also be communicated.

What’s included
  • Refreshments
  • CPD Points
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