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Borderline Personal Disord Emot Dysregul. 2018 Apr 2;5:7. doi: 10.1186/s40479-018-0082-z. eCollection 2018.

Building a strong European alliance for personality disorder research and intervention.

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1National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
2University College, London, University of Copenhagen, London, UK.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, UK.
Private practice, Weesp, The Netherlands.
5Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
6Kanta-Häme Central Hospital, Hämeenlinna, Finland.
7Centre for Academic Mental Health, Department of Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
8Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.
9Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
Stolpegaard Psychotherapy Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Department of Research and Development, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Oslo University Hospital and Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
12Institute of Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Psychotherapy; Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany.


People with personality disorders frequently face stigma, ignorance and pessimism regarding the treatability of their disorders. This is despite substantial progress that has been made in developing a number of effective evidence based psychotherapeutic treatments. However, expertise in how to systematically deliver these treatments in a sustainable way throughout Europe is largely lacking. To bridge the gap between evidence based treatments and their implementation in health services, the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders is currently building a new alliance of experts to promote personality disorder scholarship, and to support the development of clinical expertise and systematic treatment implementation throughout Europe. The aim of this paper is to describe how the Society is currently using its interdisciplinary and international roster of experts to address the specific treatment and research needs of the European personality disorder field, particularly to countries in which expertise in the field is less developed.


Dissemination; Network; Non-governmental organization; Personality disorder

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