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Welcome to Copenhagen!
We are delighted to invite you to the XIIIth International Congress on the Disorders of Personality, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 16th -19th September 2013. This Congress will serve as the 25th Anniversary of the Society and will commemorate the First International Congress.
The overall theme of the Congress “Bridging personality and psychopathology: the person behind the illness” has been inspired by Hippocrates and Sir William Osler, founder of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who once said: “It is more important to know the person with the illness than the illness the person has”. This has now been rephrased by the World Psychiatric Association as Person-Centered Psychiatry.
What have we learned and achieved through the last 25 years since the foundation of the Society? Promising new theories on developmental psychopathology; a better understanding of the gene-environment interactions and neurobiology, in particular in the Borderline Personality Disorder and Psychopathy; about the significant comorbidity of personality disorders and major illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, psychosis, anxiety, and eating disorders; a clearer understanding of the role of personality in etiology and pathogenesis in all mental illnesses; the role of personality for the therapeutic alliance to effect salutogenesis; new evidence-based psychotherapies, which have contributed to the fact that personality disorders have a more benign course than we previously thought. Research in personality and its disorders have contributed to significant advances in national guidelines, service delivery, and the clinical applicability of new treatment programs.
The program will include keynotes by the current leaders in the field on the different approaches to our understanding of personality and psychopathology and different treatment approaches, a numbers of preconference workshops, debates on the new challenges following the DSM-5, a young researcher symposium where the future will be addressed, the ISSPD award lecture, and lectures on the writings by the local philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the poet Hans Christian Andersen. In addition there will be a number of invited symposia with “hot topics” and free oral scientific presentations.
This event is an extraordinary opportunity for clinicians and scientists to meet and share their ideas and thoughts and at the same time listen to presentation from outstanding leading experts in the field and to set the agenda for future collaborations.
|Erik Simonsen, MD, PhD
Chair of the Scientific Committee
|Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc
Patron of the Congress
Founder of the ISSPD