Master Class: Schema Therapy for Difficult Coping Modes in Group & Individual Schema Therapy with Ida Shaw & Joan Farrell

  • 20 Jan 2018
  • 22 Jan 2018
  • Oslo, Norway


by Ida Shaw & Joan Farrell 

Group Schema Therapy was developed by Farrell & Shaw (1994, 2012). The GST model integrates their original group work with Young’s individual Schema Therapy (ST)(2003) & the ST outcome research of Arntz (2009). 

This master clinician workshop is based upon the presenters’ 30 years of working with patients with severe avoidant, compliant surrender and overcompensatory coping modes in a variety of clinical disorders including personality disorders, dissociative disorders and complex trauma. It focuses on interventions for the challenges these  clients present and the schema activation and mode triggering, which therapists encounter in working with them. The overall focus will be on experiential interventions to get through or around the Maladaptive Coping Modes, heal the frightened or traumatized Vulnerable Child and diminish the control of the Dysfunctional Critic Modes. Creative adaptations of imagery rescripting and the development of the client’s “Good Parent” (part of the Healthy Adult mode) will be presented and demonstrated. Techniques to deal with flashbacks, avoidance, detachment and dissociation will be addressed – both in the session and in plans for clients to use outside of therapy. Case examples of clients who were successfully treated will be presented. The training will incorporate didactic sections, demonstrations by trainers in which the workshop participants play clients, and opportunities for participants to practice these interventions with coaching and feedback. Participants will receive handouts, which they can use to implement workshop interventions in their clinical work.


20. - 22. January 2018


Gjestehuset Lovisenberg

Lovisenberggaten 15 a


Registration & fees

Registration fee: 6. 000 NOK

Registration includes participation in all sessions, workshop handouts, and coffee/fruit break each day. For registration and further information about the seminar, please see www.psykologbehandling.no or contact Erlend Aschehoug at erlend@psykologbehandling.no

Registration deadline is 15th. December 2017

For Whom Could This Workshop be useful?

This workshop is designed for those who have attended at least basic training in Schema Therapy. Interventions for individual and group ST will be presented based upon the interest of participants. The Schema Therapy approach, in particular the schema mode model is effective in helping patients presenting with all forms of avoidance, including dissociative disorders, identify the modes operating and employ the user-friendly Schema Therapy concepts as a way to understand and organize their experience. The Mode model is helpful for dissociative patients as it can function as a less chaotic internal system using the mode categories. Healing the Vulnerable Child Mode is at the heart of Schema Therapy. Many interventions are used for this purpose including imagery rescripting in relation to reparenting, trauma reattribution, and decreasing or coping with flashbacks and dissociation. Imagery rescripting will be one focus of the workshop as we have found it to be extremely effective with this group of patients.

About the Presenters: 

Joan Farrell, Ph.D. and Ida Shaw, M.A. are both advanced level International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Certified Trainer/Supervisors in individual and group Schema Therapy. Ida holds the same in Child and Adolescent Schema Therapy. Together they direct the Indianapolis Centre of Schema Therapy Institute, Midwest Joan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, an adjunct professor of clinical psychology, at Purdue University (IUPUI) and was a faculty member of the Indiana University School of medicine (IUSM), in Psychiatry for 25 yrs. She is Research director and Ida is Training Director of the Centre for BPD Treatment and Research of the Indiana University School of Medicine/Midtown CMHC. Ida’s expertise in experiential psychotherapies and her graduate degree in developmental psychology add critical elements to their collaboration. Joan is a member of the ISST Executive Board and the Coordinator for Training and Certification.

Erlend Aschehoug is a clinical psychologist in private practice, working with individuals and group in Kongsvinger, Norway. He has advanced level (ISST) Certified Trainer/ Supervisor in individual and group Schema Therapy. The past 2 - 3 years he has conducted several patient groups in group Schema Therapy under the supervision of Ida Shaw.

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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