GP events

25 April, 2023

Understanding personality in clinical practice

GP Webinar Series: A family doctor views content on their laptop while taking notes in a notebook

GPs and healthcare professionals are invited to a webinar taking place on 25 April to explore personality in clinical practice.

In the third instalment of the 2023 GP Webinar Series from our team here at St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS), Dr Conal Twomey, Senior Clinical Psychologist (SPMHS) and Adjunct Associate Professor (University College Dublin), will explore the topic of personalities in clinical practice.

Taking place from 7.30pm on Tuesday, 25 April, this hour-long webinar will focus on understanding the personalities of service users from diagnostic, contextual and dimensional approaches:

  • Diagnostic approaches focus on the presence or absence of symptom clusters that represent so-called personality disorders
  • Contextual approaches often focus on attachment, relationship and life event factors that shape personality
  • Dimensional approaches focus on “personality on a continuum” and the universality of personality traits.

Increasing GPs’ knowledge about each of these approaches to personality—and their associated pros and cons—will help to inform care planning and promote open discussion of clinical issues relating to personality.

The webinar also promotes flexibility in relation to the understanding of personality beyond diagnosis and the normalisation of personality.

Queries or accessibility requirements around attending this webinar can be emailed to GPs can also submit questions for speakers in advance by emailing; during the webinar, questions can be submitted through Zoom. 

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) has recognised this webinar for one Continuous Professional Development (CPD) point. Please note that only those who attend the live webinar are eligible for the CPD point.

Register for the GP Webinar here.