Master Class: Advanced Skills Development in Group Schema Therapy with Ida Shaw & Joan Farrell

  • 19 Sep 2018
  • 20 Sep 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 class is intended for those who have completed the modules of Advanced Group Schema Therapy (GST) to further develop their skills in GST interventions by participating in demonstrations and acting as group therapists in role-plays with coaching from two of the developers of GST. There will be opportunities to present problems you have encountered in groups or GST interventions that you want to learn or polish - like imagery rescripting in a group. The content of the two days will be based upon participants needs so it will vary from last years training. The range of possible topics includes: group limited reparenting, group imagery rescripting, exercises to get through maladaptive coping modes, facilitating healing experiences for the vulnerable child mode, play for the happy child mode and group interventions to diminish the control of the demanding or punitive critic modes. The treatment protocol used is described in The ST Clinician’s Guide by Farrell, Shaw & Reiss Wiley 2014. It can be utilized for short Group Protocols (20-30 sessions) as well as longer protocols for severe personality disorder treatment.


19. - 20. September 2018


Gjestehuset Lovisenberg

Lovisenberggaten 15 a


Registration & fees

Registration fee: 4. 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 20th. August 2018

For Whom Could This Workshop be useful?

The goal of the advanced skills development workshop is for therapists to improve their mastery of selected core interventions of GST i.e. have the ability to meet the requirements of the Group ST Rating Scale. The following areas will be focused on with the length of time on each dependent upon the needs of the participants

• Be skilled at establishing connection in the group provide a cohesiveness, safe and reliable frame of GST.

• Be able to do imagery rescripting in the group.

• Be able to conduct multiple patient mode role plays

• Understand and be able to employ symbols and transitional objects that match the developmental levels of the group when in child modes and for limited reparenting.

• Be able to employ limit setting and empathic confrontation in groups.

• Be able to create opportunities in sessions for Happy child mode play.

• Help patients develop and strengthen their healthy adult mode

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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