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Trainer-Supervisor Level Certification  

This page provides information for the Certified Trainers and Supervisor certification. The highest level of certification in Schema Therapy is the Trainer-Supervisor level. The requirements to qualify at this level for each of the specialty areas of ST vary. For the original certification as T-S in individual ST a person needs to be certified at the Advanced level and have completed the additional requirements that depend upon the year training began. For those who began training before 2014 the requirement is the Trainer-Supervisor Webinar or in person seminar. The Webinar is offered about  twice a year by the Coordinator of T&C in English and also by other Trainers approved to offer this training live in various countries and languages. Current countries with "live" training include: Germany, Italy, Sweden. (If I have left anyone out please email me). 

Required Trainers and Supervisors Workshop/Webinar

The Trainers/Supervisors Workshop is a mandatory requirement for all advanced level certified schema therapists who wish to facilitate as supervisors and/or trainers in ISST approved training programs. This requirement has been in effect since Jan 1 2012. 

The required content is listed in the PDF below. ISST Approved Certification Training Programs in some countries are offering in-person workshops to meet this requirement. This is the case in Sweden, Norway, Germany and Italy. ISST approval is needed to offer the webinar in person, so please contact me if you want to apply to offer the webinar for your country. Standard materials including a power-point slide presentation of required content in English is available for translation.  For more information contact Joan Farrell ( STIM-Indpls@sbcglobal.net   or farrell@iupui.edu )

 The goals of the Trainer/Supervisor Workshop are to:

  • enhance quality assurance within our programs
  • promote balance, uniformity, and comprehensive coverage of required material
  • maintain the stability and integrity of our model, especially for the purpose of fostering reliable outcome studies in ST
  • provide an overall sense of clear and effective expectations for supervisors and trainers, as well as offer support to them in their roles

Continuing Education in Schema Therapy 

8 hours of continuing education (CE) activity - either ST workshops, added supervision or self-therapy- are required for all ISST Trainer-Supervisors every 2 years. 

Added Options qualifying as CE activity: research, publications, books, readings and participation in ISST special interest groups, watching DVDs with log of reflective comments.

CE Reporting

The CE requirement will be reported using an honor system with a random audit of a percentage of members. Those chosen for audit must provide documentation of their CE activities (i.e. certificate for a workshop, email confirmation from supervisor or therapist, journal publication or other writing).  The ISST Quality Assurance Committee, chaired by Susanne Vind,  will manage CE reporting and the evaluation of ISST Training Programs.

New Requirements for Advanced level certified therapists  who began training in 2014 and who have completed the general Trainer/supervisor webinar described above who want to provide supervision to others for certification.  If you began certification training in individual ST after January 1, 2014 you must meet the additional requirements approved by the ISST board in 2013. A full description of these requirements is attached as a file on this page and summarized below.

1.Clinical Experience

a.Three years of ST practice after achieving Advanced level certification as a Schema therapist.The T & C committee can be asked to consider approval with a minimum of two years of practice when special circumstances apply – e.g., shortage of supervisors.

b.Treatment of at least 10 patients in ST of at least 6 months duration. Must include at least 4 personality disorder patients.

2.Trainer exception Upon the recommendation of the director of an ISST approved training program, an advanced level certified schema therapist with a minimum of 2 years of post certification experience may act as one of the trainers in that program in conjunction with a certified trainer/supervisor.

3.Additional Training/Supervision 6 hours of individual supervision focused on supervising. This requirement can be met by attending the Supervisor Skill Building Workshop being developed by an ISST committee chaired by Jeff Conway or by individual supervision with a certified Supervisor. These supervision hours cannot be counted in the total required for certification as a schema therapist.

4.Applicants who have completed a course in supervision can submit a course description for review by the Training & Certification committee with a request that this requirement be waived.

It has been a long and thoughtful process to develop the new guidelines, derived from many hours of dialogue among the board members and committee members, careful scrutiny of details, shared discussions with some of our most experienced trainers and supervisors – worldwide, along with helpful observations, experiences, and input from candidates who have participated in schema therapy certification training programs in recent years.  Please be aware that these requirements and the STCRS pertain to “individual certification programs” – ST with individuals. Separate requirements exist for Group Schema Therapy and for Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy and Couples ST.

Listing of current ISST Certified Supervisor/Trainers

As part of the ISST Board’s ongoing effort to make the certification process more user-friendly we have made some changes regarding website listings and certificates. One important reason for this is to ensure that trainees/supervisees will be able to make sure that they are receiving training or supervision from currently certified trainer/supervisors. There has been some confusion in this area recently.

  • We ask that all certified supervisor/trainers allow at least their name to be listed on the ISST website. This was previously voluntary, but it is thought that the society needs a public record of the certified supervisor trainers for certification applicants to check when they are choosing a training program, workshop or supervisor. Having an updated list is important as ISST certification is dependent upon being an active, dues paid member of ISST. With the new website it is possible for members to keep their personal listing updated.
  • To accomplish a current listing we need to check the certification id number of all. If we do not have yours, you will receive an email request to provide it in the near future. We appreciate everyone’s timely response to this request.
  • We would like to respectfully remind you that on time dues payment is necessary for ISST to function and for members to maintain their rights, like certification, website access, reduced conference fees. Any supervision or training provided by trainer/supervisors not current on dues payment cannot counted for ISST certification. This is a responsibility of trainer/supervisors that can have serious repercussions for trainees.
 
 
INFORMATION FOR CERTIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTORS

ISST Logo Use:

Only approved Certification Training Programs may use the ISST logo on training. You MUST have signed permission to use the ISST Logo on any promotional materials, web-pages, and handouts. The logo agreement form is available HERE. It must be completed and sent to Eckhard Roediger at  
 
kontakt@eroediger.de
 

Certificates of Participation in Training Modules

The module certificate form is meant to be used only by directors of approved certification training programs for stand alone workshops or modules designed to be later be used as part of a certification application. Information to complete numbers (1-5) can be found in the "Minimum Certification Training Requirements" document (also attached below) that refer to the specific certification curriculum requirements. These numbers should be used when filling out this form so that it is clear what requirement the module or workshop is fulfilling. This form is available HERE.

Independent Tape Raters for ISST certification

Tape raters must be certified at the Advanced level and have met the Trainer/Supervisor education requirement. Tape raters for certification must be independent. "Independent" has been defined by the ISST Executive Board as:  an ISST certified Supervisor/trainer who is not the director of the applicants training program, a supervisor or a participant in their training – didactic or role-play portions. We realize that there will be situations where this definition cannot be met completely – for example, a country with only one training program or very limited number of certified supervisor/trainers, forensic settings with limitations regarding taping or the removal of tapes from the institution. In those situations, please write to the ISST training coordinator to request an exemption. We took this position to remove the possibility of naturally occurring bias when the trainer and independent rater roles overlap.  We are also in the process of having the STCRS validated empirically and establishing an inter-rater reliability standard for independent raters to meet.

Please note that for Advanced level certification 2 different independent raters must be used - one for each tape. In addition two different patients must be sued. The full rating form with the summary sheet and case conceptualization must be sent in when applicants apply to ISST for certification. Tape raters can get access to the Schema Therapy Competency Rating Scale (STCRS) here. (Click for STRS )   


REQUIRED ONGOING EVALUATION FOR ALL TRAINER-SUPERVISORS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

a.    SUPERVISION

After certification, schema therapists will be asked to anonymously evaluate their supervision on a form supplied by ISST. If they participated in a certified training program they will also be asked to evaluate the program. If the mean rating over four or more individual supervisees falls below 4 the problems identified will be reviewed by the coordinator of Training & Certification and reported to the ISST Board, which will decide on further action. To maintain one’s Trainer/Supervisor or program certification a mean rating of 4 over all trainees in a two year period must be accomplished.

b.    TRAINING WORKSHOPS

INDIVIDUALS

TRAINING PROGRAMS

To maintain Trainer or Training Program certification every two years a report of the mean rating of workshops evaluated must be reported.

A mean rating of 4 on a 0-6 scale must be accomplished.

These evaluations should be anonymous and completed at the end of a training event. A standard rating form will be provided by ISST. This evaluation form will be developed by the newly formed ISST Quality Assurance committee chaired by Susanne Vind. 

Anonymous ratings of training workshops by graduates after they achieve certification.


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