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ISST Summer School 2015 Day 1, Workshop Choice 2:

"Schema Couples Therapy: Healing Partners in Relationships"

Join us during this skill and intervention-focused workshop that starts with a brief introduction of how the schema therapy model can take advantage of the latest science in love relationships to improve outcomes for partners within a couple. After the introduction, we will cover three key parts:

  1. Assessing schemas and modes of each partner and the love relationship

  2. Applying effective interventions to de-escalate maladaptive mode loops and to create and reinforce adaptive schemas and modes

  3. Consolidating new modes of interaction within the couple, and solidifying adaptive schemas in relation to self, the love relationship, and the world

Each section includes clear illustrations, relevant video demonstrations of real couples, and practical role-plays to help you apply the interventions effectively with your couples.


Objectives of the Workshop

1. Identify core destructive cycles in couple dynamics, linking past and present associations with each partner’s attachment strategies and schemas. Set therapeutic goals as antidotes based on schemas and cycles.

2. Effectively restructure negative cycles of a couple to address schemas and create new beliefs reinforced through a new pattern of emotional connection.
3. Solidify safety and security through continued reinforcement of the healthy cycle in a couple to heal injuries and schemas, minimizing the possibility of relapse. 

Prerequisites for the Workshop

A basic knowledge of the schema mode model is required, but no prior experience working with couples is necessary.


Eckhard Roediger


Eckhard Roediger, M.D., is the President of ISST. He is the Director of the Frankfurt Schema Therapy Institute in Germany. Publications related to this workshop include: 

  • Healing Relationships: Schema Therapy for Couples (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
  • "Why are mindfulness and acceptance central elements for therapeutic change?" in Handbook of Schema Therapy (Wiley, 2012)

Travis Atkinson


Travis Atkinson, L.C.S.W., is the Director of Advanced Cognitive Therapy of New York. He is affiliated with the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York, and is on the faculty at the Schema Therapy Institute. He has trained extensively with Dr. Jeffrey E. Young in Schema Therapy, Dr. Susan Johnson in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Dr. John Gottman of the Gottman Method. 

Travis is a certified advanced schema therapist and supervisor, a certified emotionally focused therapist and supervisor, and a certified Gottman method couples therapist. He is a founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, and serves on the board of the International Society of Schema Therapy as Public Affairs and Member Benefits Coordinator. 

Travis has trained couples therapists internationally for many years, and is the author of "Healing Partners in a Relationship" in the Handbook of Schema Therapy (Wiley, 2012)

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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