Personality disorders and differential diagnosis

Trainer: Kristine Dahl Sørensen

organizer: Norwegian Forum for Forensic Therapy in collaboration with the Norwegian Association for Cognitive Therapy

Location: Psychology Treatment Clinic, Fjellgata 14, Kongsvinger

Date: March 17, 2023

Course fee: NOK 2 (includes course booklet and lunch)

Deadline: 15.01.23

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will receive a brief introduction to the development of the DSM and the ICD's conceptualization of personality disorder as a diagnosis.
2. Participants will receive a brief introduction to DSM-5 and ICD 10 personality disorders as categories, as well as to the alternative DSM-5 model and ICD 11.
3. The participants will receive a presentation on how to investigate personality disorders cf. categories, dimensions and level of functionality; what is being done today and what is coming.
4. The participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the diagnosis of personality disorder, what it means for the person and for us as clinicians and schema therapists.

More about the course

The course day also provides an introduction to how we can understand "personality disorder" as a diagnosis. We look at the different categories, but also at the alternative diagnosis model from DSM-5 and what came with ICD 11. We discuss how the diagnosis "personality disorder" affects clinical understanding and work now and in the future with a particular focus on schema therapy. And we ask ourselves; where is the person in the "personality disorder"?

Approved by

Norsk Psykologforening has approved the education in Schema Therapy as a compulsory program for the specialty in psychotherapy. The Norwegian Psychology Association approved this course as 8 hours maintenance-active. The course will be applied for as an optional specialist and postgraduate course of the Specialization Committee in Psychiatry and the Speciality Committee in General Medicine by the Norwegian Medical Association.


The education program is approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) as a counselor for international certification in Schema Therapy. This course is mandatory to be certified.

Briefly on Schema Therapy

  • Transdiagnostic psychotherapy model
  • Evidence-based and integrative treatment method
  • Recent research shows that Schema Therapy is very suitable for the treatment of relationship problems, personality disorders and complicated psychiatric conditions.

About the lecturer

Kristine Dahl Sørensen is a specialist in clinical adult psychology and works in a group team at DPS Aust-Agder, SSHF. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Oslo, where she researches patients with anxious (avoidant) personality disorder.

Do you have questions?

We will be happy to answer your questions.