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Forensic Applications of the International Personality Disorder Examination (CPD event)

Our two-day workshop will offer training in the use of the International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) to assess personality disorders.

Date and time: Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October 2019 
Fee: Early Bird: (up to 1 August 19) - £449, After 1 August 19 - £499, Manual (if required) £94. Includes training materials, lunch and refreshments.
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
How to book: Book online or download and complete the ‌Forensic Academy event booking form (Word, 41KB).
Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


The International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) is a semi-structured clinical interview developed to assess the personality disorders described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder 5th Edition (DSM-5, section II) and the International Classification of Diseases 10th Edition (ICD-10).

Personality disorder assessment can be an important undertaking in forensic and other settings; for example, to clarify diagnosis and co-morbidity, to formulate the association between mental health needs and harmful behaviour, and to justify specific treatment and management pathways within the criminal justice and forensic mental health systems.

This workshop will provide those attending with training in the use of the IPDE. It will begin with a review of key issues in the assessment and diagnosis of personality disorder, including a review of the proposed revisions for future editions DSM-5 (section III).

The IPDE will be examined in detail – an IPDE manual and a range of supportive training materials will be provided at this course – and case studies will be used to illustrate important points about the different diagnoses and potential problems in their individual measurement.

The use of IPDE findings in a formulation about personality functioning and its relevance to treatment and harmful behaviour will also be considered, as will clinical interviewing skills relevant to the assessment of personality pathology. 

Who should attend?

The IPDE is a complex clinical tool useful for diagnosis of PD and case formulation. Therefore, this course is suitable for experienced mental health practitioners who have a good understanding and working knowledge of personality disorder and the DSM-5 or ICD-10 classification systems.

Using the IPDE competently assumes training and experience in making psychiatric diagnoses. The training is therefore most suitable for experienced psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and those with comparable training who are capable of making independent psychiatric diagnoses or case formulations.

This training would also be useful for those wishing to use the IPDE in research.

Learning objectives

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the link between personality and personality disorder;
  • understand personality disorder and its link with risk;
  • assess personality disorder with confidence using the IPDE.

Personality disorder detection, assessment and formulation are core clinical skills for mental health practitioners across a range of settings.

About the trainer

Dr Caroline Logan

Dr Caroline Logan is Lead Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist at the Edenfield Centre, a medium secure unit in Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester.

She has worked in forensic settings for many years, working directly with clients who are a risk to themselves and others, and in a consultancy role with multidisciplinary teams and local/national organisations that look after and manage them.

She is a former Board Member of the Scottish Risk Management Authority and of the DSPD Programme Expert Advisory Group. She is co-author of Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol, a structured professional judgement approach to sexual violence risk assessment and management, and co-author of the recent Department of Health guidelines Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services.

Dr Logan has research interests in areas of personality disorder, psychopathy and risk, with a special interest in gender issues in offending. She has published two books and many articles on these subjects.

What our students say

"An excellent day - really engaging, informative and very relevant to my role. A good mix and balance of theory, practice and discussion."

"The training was very enjoyable and highly relevant to what I will be doing. Facilities and refreshments were great and the way it was presented was brilliant."

"The training is pitched at the right level, with a very engaging and enthusiastic presenter."

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802