The Division of Clinical Psychology are proud to present:
Irish Individual Schema Therapy Training Programme (Adult)

ISST-approved training

This training in Individual Schema Therapy (ST) for Adults is aimed at clinical or counseling psychologists who work with adults with personality disorder related to complex childhood trauma. Of the 20 places available, preference will be given to those who intend to work towards either Standard or Advanced Certification as a Schema Therapist with ISST. Those wishing to attend must be:

1. Currently working individually with adults with complex mental health difficulties related to childhood trauma and adversity, and

2. Have previously attended a two-day Introduction to Schema Therapy training workshop


Have previously attended a one-day Introduction to Schema Therapy workshop and have completed an additional 6-hours of CPD in ST.


The training will be held at the PSI Offices in Dublin and will be presented in three modules. Module 1 will include an overview of schemas, schema modes, schema assessment and formulation in the schema model. It will also focus on observing and practicing therapeutic techniques such as chair work and imagery rescripting. Module 2 will focus on schema mode work with those with borderline personality disorder. Module 3 will focus on schema mode work with other personality disorders. In all modules, in addition to didactic teaching, video presentation and live demonstrations, those attending will participate in experiential exercises to practice techniques.


Schema Therapy Overview:

Schema therapy is an integrated therapy comprising cognitive, Gestalt, attachment-based, object relations and behavioural components. The therapy was originally developed by Jeffrey Young for adults with personality difficulties related to childhood trauma who did not respond to CBT. At the heart of the treatment is the client’s unmet emotional needs from childhood and the maladaptive cognitive and emotional schemas or mental constructs related to these unmet needs. Through interview and completion of schema questionnaires, the therapist works with the client to collaboratively identify unmet childhood emotional needs and schemas to create a shared formulation. In a structured and systematic therapy of between 6 and 24 months, the therapist works to allow the client experience in the therapy relationship and in experiential exercises those needs being met, and to reflect on such experiences to allow schemas to change. Homework is set around generalizing this experience beyond the therapy relationship. Schema therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating individuals with complex issues including Borderline Personality Disorder (Gieson-Boo et al, 2006) and with other personality disorders (Bamelis et al, 2014).

About the Trainer:

Dr. Muireann McNulty is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin, a Clinical Psychologist (Reg.Psychol.PsSI, C.Psychol.BPS), Psychotherapist (MIAHIP), and Advanced Certified Schema Therapist (MISST). She works with Schema Therapy in private practice with adults in Dublin 2 and worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Cluain Mhuire Service with adults from 2003 to 2015. She teaches Schema Therapy at the Schools of Psychology of both UCD and TCD, and has supervised clinical psychologists-in-training from both courses.

Following doctoral level training at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Harvard Medical School, Muireann worked on community mental health teams in London and Dublin. She is co-author with Professor Alan Carr of the Adult Handbook of Clinical Psychology, a second edition of which will be published later this month. She developed the adult mental health module of the doctoral clinical programme at UCD and teaches on topics in adult mental health, theories and techniques of psychological interventions, and advanced personality assessment. 

Training Dates:

Module 1: Overview of core ST concepts and techniques 
5th, 6th & 7th December 2016

Module 2: ST for BPD 
9th, 10th, 11th January 2017

Module 3: ST for other PDs 
8th and 9th May 2017

Training Venue:
PSI Offices, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 2.

Registration fees:
All 3 Modules (8 days)
€560 for PSI Members
[€660 for non-PSI Members]

CPD Credits:
28 CPD Credits in total (4 per day)

Lunch will be provided on each training day.

TO SECURE A PLACE ON THE COURSE, please complete a booking form (with payment) at the top right of the page. 

FURTHERMORE, applicants must complete the APPLICATION FORM and submit it to the Division of Clinical Psychology by Wednesday 1st June 2016 via clinical@psihq.ie 

Informal enquiries to Muireann McNulty:
E: Muireann.mcnulty@gmail.com 
T: 087 336 0042 or (01) 716 8232.

Prioritisation will be given to PSI members until 1 June 2016. If there are places remaining on the course after this date, the training will be open to non-PSI members.

Ireland Schema Therapy Training Program

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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