Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Personality Disorders
1st Cycle Studies
It is strongly recommended that students have previously been approved the following units: Behaviour Modification, Behavioural Models and Cognitive Models, Psychopathology I, Psychopathology II.
Lectures, discussion of clinical cases, role-play of psychotherapy sessions. Simulation exercises based on famous characters (movies characters, novel characters and biographical material, celebrities) who display typical traits of personality disorders.
General Goals: (1) To understand the nature, features and diagnostic criteria for personality disorders, and (2) to know the relevant cognitive-behavioral models for assessment and intervention with personality disordered patients.
1. Knowledge about the diagnostic systems and criteria for personality disorders (DSM5 and ICD 10);
2. Capability to assess personality disorders by using clinical interviews and structured assessment instruments;
3. Knowledge about the main cognitive models relevant for case conceptualization and intervention with PD patients.
To know how to use personality disorders classification systems and manuals; to be able to recognize and to diagnose personality disorders including differential diagnosis; to be able to use major cognitive-behavioral strategies with PD patients; to be able to adapt intervention programs to personality disordered people; to develop relational skills for interventions with PD patients.
1. Personality Disorders – Introduction, history and relevant issues
2. Personality Disorders in DSM 5 and ICD 10
3. Personality Disorders epidemiology and comorbidity issues
4. Diagnostic and assessment instruments and procedures
5. Cognitive psychopathology of Personality Disorders and therapeutic intervention: Beck and Freeman’s cognitive model, Dialetical-behavioural Therapy, Young’s Schema Focused Therapy, and J. Safran’s cognitive-interpersonal approach
6. Critical issues of Personality Disorders psychotherapy: scope, efficacy and limits of the intervention
Daniel Maria Bugalho Rijo
Case study to be done in small groups (6 points; 30%): 30.0%
Two written tests on theorethical contents (7 points each = 14; 70%): 70.0%
Beck, A. T., Davis, D. D., and Freeman, A. (Eds) (2015). Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders (3rd Ed.). NY: Guilford.
Giesen‑Bloo, J., van Dyck, R., Spinhoven, P., van Tilburg, W., Dirksen, C., van Asselt, T.,
Kremers, I., Nadort, M. & Arntz, A. (2006). Outpatient Psychotherapy for Borderline
Personality Disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatric, 63, 649‑658.
Safran, J.D. & Segal, Z.V. (1990). Interpersonal Process in Cognitive Therapy. Basic Books.
Rafaeli, E., Bernstein, D. P., & Young, J. (2011). Schema therapy. New York: Routledge.
Swales, M. A., and Heard, H. L. (2016) Dialetical behavior therapy (2nd Ed). NY: Routledge.
Rijo, D. (2017). O questionário de esquemas de Young (YSQ-S3). In Gonçaves, M. Simões, M. R., & Almeida, L. (Eds). Psicologia clínica e da saúde: instrumentos de avaliação. Lisboa: PACTOR. (159-173)
R. Wainer, R. Erdos, K. Paim, and R. Andriola (Org.) (2016). Integração em psicoterapia: Terapia cognitiva focada em esquemas. Artmed/Brasil.