Using ‘Emerging Borderline Personality Disorder’ in Adolescence: helpful or harmful?

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25 May 2012

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Bevan House, 34-36 Springwell Road
LS12 1AW

‘Emerging Borderline Personality Disorder’: a viable diagnosis in adolescence with effective clinical treatment, or a label discordant with the fluidity of adolescent personality development, or neither?

This conference, the second collaboration between the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP), aims to address some of the issues and controversies surrounding the use of this label in adolescents.

Margot Waddell, Psychoanalyst, Child Analyst and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist from London’s Tavistock Clinic, will set the scene for the day, giving an overview of the development of the personality in adolescence, from a psychoanalytic perspective. The conference moves on to a dialogue in which Dr Greg Richardson, retired Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Tom Mullen, Clinical Services Manager, Personality Disorder and Criminal Justice Mental Health Services, Leeds, will discuss their perspectives on the diagnostic significance of using ‘Emerging Borderline Personality Disorder’ in adolescence; this is followed by an opportunity for us to debate this further. The afternoon of the conference focuses on new therapeutic approaches to managing young people whose difficulties could be conceptualised as ‘Emerging Borderline Personality
Disorder’: Dr Peter Fuggle, from London’s Anna Freud Centre, will give an overview of ‘Mentalization’ and the ‘Adolescent Mentalization-based Integrative Treatment’ (AMBIT) approach. Professor Jonathan Hill from the University of Manchester, will conclude the day with an introduction to the ‘Domains Based Approach’ to personality development and disorder. There will be opportunities throughout the day for multidisciplinary discussion and dialogue.

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