UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Psychological Interventions with People with Personality Disorder

Welcome to the competence framework for psychological interventions for people with personality disorder. This site gives open access to the framework, as well as background documentation that explains how to use the framework.

A brief description of the framework

The framework describes the various activities which need to be brought together in order to carry out effective clinical work for people with personality disorder. It is not intended to prescribe what a clinician should do:  it makes suggestions about best practice in the light of our current knowledge of the effectiveness of approaches and interventions.

The framework locates competences across six “domains”, each of which represents a broad area of practice. This helps users to see how the various activities associated with work in this area fit together.

Background Documentation

It is important to read the background documentation, as this will help you to understand the principles underlying the construction of the framework and implement it to best effect. Although its primary audience will be clinicians, clinical managers and commissioners of services, service users will also find it useful. A document written specifically for service users will appear on this site shortly.

Access the background documentation here.

To download the competences:

1. You can access the map of competences here. This shows the ‘architecture’ of the framework - the ways in which the competences relate to each other. The map displays five domains of competence, and the activities associated with each domain. Placing the cursor over any of the boxes in the map links you to the competences, so to see the competences associated with a specific activity, just click on the relevant box.

Personality Disorder Competences

2. Competencies for each specific therapeutic intervention and for metacompetences, are accessed via the map.If you want to see all the competences in the first three domains of the map you can get "one click" access here:

Assessment and formulation competencies