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2014-2015 ISST CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AS AN INDIVIDUAL SCHEMA THERAPIST 

Qualifications to apply for Certification for those completing training after December 31, 2013: 

To qualify for certification in Schema Therapy a person must fulfill the following two qualifications: 

1. Academic training: Hold at least a master's degree in psychology, clinical social work, psychiatric nursing or a counseling area that leads to licensing; or a medical degree with psychiatric residency (or residency equivalent if it is defined differently in that country). 

2. License or certification for practice: In countries that certify or license the above professions, a person must be certified or licensed by either the government body or professional organization which grants this. If no such control exists in a country, the standard of one of the national or international professional psychotherapy organizations must be met to fulfill this requirement. 

If you belong to another group that is licensed or certified to practice psychotherapy in your country, please submit this information with your academic qualifications to be considered for certification application. 

We added a separate Auxiliary Schema Therapist certification this year for those who are not psychotherapists working independently, rather mental health professionals working on a team or in an approved treatment program under the direction of Advanced level certified schema therapists. Auxiliary Certification requirements can be found here.


The complete description of the current Certification requirements can be found HERE.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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