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: Guesthouse Lovisenberg, Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo

Date: 24. January 2020

Course fee: 2 500, - (includes lunch)

Deadline: 15.12.19

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will receive a brief introduction to the development of DSM and ICD's conceptualization of personality disorder as a diagnosis.
2. Participants will receive a brief introduction to today's status cf. revision of DSM and ICD - Categories, Dimensions and Function Level
3. Participants will receive a presentation on how to investigate personality disorders cf. categories, dimensions and function level; what is being done today and what's coming
4. Participants will be able to reflect on diagnosing "personality disorder", what it means to the person and what it means to us as clinicians.

More about the course

The course day gives an introduction to how we can understand "personality disorder" as a diagnosis and how we distinguish between the different categories.

The diagnosis "personality disorder" is defined by the diagnosis manuals DSM and ICD and the definitions have changed over time, both in terms of how we understand the term and in relation to the tension between theory and empiricism. In connection with revisions of DSM and ICD, there have been many discussions and disagreements that lead to questions about how "personality disorder" should be defined and how this will in turn affect clinical understanding and work in the future; How do you diagnose personality disorders, what is the relationship between diagnosis and therapy, where is the person in "personality disorder"?

Approved by

Norsk Psykologforening has approved the education in form 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 PhD fellow at the University of Oslo, where she researches patients with anxious (elusive) personality disorder.

Do you have questions?

We will be happy to answer your questions.