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Schema Therapy for Cluster-C Personality Disorders with Hannie van Genderen & Marleen Rijkeboer

  • 03 Mar 2016
  • (UTC+01:00)
  • 04 Mar 2016
  • (UTC+01:00)
  • Fossekallen, Vollsveien 13, Oslo, Norway

Schema Therapy for Cluster-C Personality Disorders

with Hannie van Genderen & Marleen Rijkeboer

Content of the workshop


Schema Therapy (ST) is developed for patients with personality disorders and chronic Axis I disorders, who do not profit from regular CBT. ST was first extensively tested in Borderline PD with remarkable results (Giesen-Bloo et. al 2006). 

But many therapists more often see patients with cluster-C personality disorders. 

Many of these patients are quite rigid in their avoidance and obsessional patterns, often being as challenging as borderline patients, causing many therapists struggling with these patients. Thus, there is a clear need for mode-based ST approaches to cluster-C personality disorders. 

Recently an article was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in which Schema Therapy was superior to treatment as usual and clarification-oriented psychotherapy for a.o. cluster C personality disorders (Bamelis, Evers, Spinhoven & Arntz, 2013)

This workshop will present the latest schema-mode models of cluster-C personality disorders and the main Schema Therapy techniques that can be used to address these modes. A 50-session protocol will be used as a guideline, and phases of treatment and the topics and techniques that are central in each phase will be discussed. 

The workshop leaders will demonstrate some of the major techniques and participants can practice in pairs. 

After this workshop participants can:

Understand cluster-C PDs in terms of schema modes

Have a basic idea how to time the focus of treatment and the choice of techniques over treatment

How to detect the mode that is active in the patient

Which ST-techniques can be used in each phase

How to empathically confront the patient who uses rigid coping modes, and help the patient without becoming responsible for the patient’s welfare. 

Registration & fees

Registration fee: 5. 000 NOK


Registration includes participation in all sessions, workshop handouts, and lunch & coffee/cake break each day.


For registration and further information about the seminar, please see www.psykologbehandling.no or contact Erlend Aschehoug at EMAIL


Registration deadline is February 1st, 2016 

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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