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  • 22 Jun 2016 9:13 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    22 June 2016

     


     

    Schema Therapy Bulletin

    June 2016: Experiential Elements in Schema Therapy

     

    Schema Therapy relies on Cognitive, Behavioral and Experiential Strategies as well as Limited Reparenting.  In this issue we are pleased to highlight some new and creative approaches to Experiential work.

    Ofer Peled proposes eight different presentations of dysfunctional parent modes, and has a developed a hierarchy of confrontational interventions to address each presentation. Identifying both the the characteristics and the intensity of each dysfunctional parent mode, and understanding the patients unmet needs enables therapists to assume a stance in imagery or in mode work using chairs that will be most effective in helping patients get core needs met in a healthy way. 

    Christof Loose works with children and adolescents. His article describes a very creative technique he uses with children, in which he and the child identify the child’s modes, and write them down. The child then creates his own “mode sketch”, and assigns a finger puppet to each mode. Through the finger puppets the child is able to understand his modes, and work with them to find ways to get his needs met.

    Rita Yonan works extensively within a group schema therapy framework.  She looks at novel creative and experiential opportunities that are available within group schema therapy context. In addition, she discusses how experiential and emotional components of therapeutic work can be enhanced within a group format. 

    Chris Hayes is involved in research investigating the use of imagery respiting for childhood trauma. His article discusses imagery re-scripting within schema therapy context, and looks at practical ways therapists can improve imagery techniques and skills.

    Bruce Stevens and Pierre Cousineau contributed an article about Memory Reconsolidation and the brains ability to unlearn or relearn at the level of Emotional Learning. They describe recent findings which may help to explain why imagery is such a powerful intervention in Schema Therapy. 

    As these innovative techniques demonstrate, Schema Therapy remains a dynamic and evolving model. We look forward to continue to share our members creativity with you in future issues.

     

    Editors, 

    Lissa Parsonnet, PhD., LCSW (USA)  

    Chris Hayes, Clinical Psychologist (Australia)  

     

    Please note: you must be enrolled on the ISST website to access the latest digital or pdf version of the Schema Therapy Bulletin. Go to STB now for the complete issue: SCHEMA THERAPY BULLETIN

     

    Not yet enrolled on the website? Visit: MEMBER LOGIN

    — FEATURE ARTICLES INSIDE JUNE'S ISSUE —

     

     

     

     

    CONFRONTATIONAL INTERVENTIONS

    A Hierarchy of Confrontational Interventions Facing 8 Dysfunctional Parent Modes 

    Ofer Peled, The Schema Therapy Center Raanana, Israel, Bar-Ilan University

     

    Young et al. (2003) refer to the critical punitive and the demanding parent modes as negative internalized representations of parents and other significant figures. Since there are several parental styles (e.g. Maccoby & Martin, 1983) it is conceivable that there are much more internalized dysfunctional parent modes than the two suggested by Young. 

     

    Young et al. (2003) instruct therapists to help patients battle and defeat their internalized dysfunctional parent modes. Many patients and therapists find combating the parent voices makes them needlessly critical and punitive themselves. The hierarchy of confrontational interventions enables matching the intervention to the severity of the dysfunctional parent mode. As with real parental coaching, when the parent-child relationship is not that devastating, the hierarchy starts with empathic confrontation.  CONFRONTATIONAL INTERVENTIONS

     

    CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

    Schema Therapy with Children and Adolescents an Extract of Mode Work 

    Dr Christof Loose 

    Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

    Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf

    Institute of Experimental Psychology dept. Clinical Psychology

     

    Let‘s imagine, there is a boy named Felix. His parents notice that something is wrong with him. His teacher says that he tends to be aggressive. They decide that he needs some help. They look for a therapist who can help Felix. Then, Felix gets to know Chris. He is a psychologist and therapist for children and adolescents. After Felix‘s parents have asked him to help, he meets up with Felix. Chris encourages Felix to talk about himself and his world.  He is especially interested in all the different sides of Felix that come out at different times. He calls these different sides „parts“ or „modes“. He asks him: Felix, I am really interested in finding out about you, and about all of your different sides, or „modes“ as I call them. Which different sides of yourself have you noticed? Let‘s write that down, okay?“ Felix creates his own mode-sketch. CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

     

     

     

     

    EXPERIENTIAL STRATEGIES

    Experiential Strategies in Group Schema Therapy 

    Dr. Rita Younan

    Clinical Psychologist

    ISST Advanced Certified Schema Therapy Trainer – Supervisor

    The Victoria Clinic, Melbourne Australia

     

    When I was asked to write this paper on “how to do experiential strategies in group” it got me thinking – what is different about implementing Schema Therapy experiential interventions in a group versus individual? This is something I do day to day, (for the last four years in fact) as part of my role as the Program Director of a Group Schema Therapy Program at a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia (The Victoria Clinic). Although GST is theoretically consistent with individual ST and most individual interventions can be adapted to use in groups, a group does offer some additional creative opportunities. GST strategically uses the therapeutic factors of the group modality as described by Yalom. We also know from the Farrell, Shaw & Webber (2009) rct and the published pilot done in the Netherlands (Dickhaut & Arntz, 2014) that a group seems to catalyse the therapeutic effects of ST for patients with BPD. For this article, I discussed the issue with Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw, the developers of Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder and the creative minds behind the imaginative ways in delivering emotion focused techniques within the group setting. GROUP EXPERIENTIAL TECHNIQUES

     

     

     

    MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION

    Memory Reconsolidation: Can we Unlearn Emotional Learning?

    Dr Bruce A. Stevens 

    Advanced Schema Therapist, Australia

    Dr Pierre Cousineau, 

    Advanced Schema Therapist, Canada

     

    In over 25 (Bruce) and 40 (Pierre) years of being  therapists, we have sat for countless hours with patients who have struggled with accepted ‘truths’ about themselves, beliefs that have governed their lives, limited their choices and flooded their relationships with ugly emotions. We have agonized with our patients in the slowness of the change process. 

     

    One of the most important questions in therapy is how can the brain unlearn something? Think of one of your patients with early abuse or neglect. Or trauma. Or low self-esteem. Or dysfunctional relational patterns. This is often the focus of therapeutic efforts and it is frustrating how much the brain resists any change, even of early learning which is inherently irrational and completely dysfunctional. And it can last a lifetime driving dysfunctional patterns of behaviour. MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION

     

     

     

    IMAGERY RESCRIPTING

    Imagery Rescripting: Practical Way to Improve Skills

    Chris Hayes 

    Senior Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Schema Therapist 

    Sexual Assault Resource Centre, Department of Health, Western Australia 

    Director - Schema Therapy Training Australia  

     

    “How about we do some imagery work today?” I said to my client, expecting a predictable imagery rescript where I enter the image, stick up and protect the child, and provide the safety that they had long been deprived. My supervisor at the time had been encouraging me to “do more experiential work." It had worked well in other clients and I was up for the challenge. 

     

    “Close your eyes and get an image of you as a child when you felt unsafe”, I said to my client. My client replied, “I’m walking into my house, I’m about 5, and as I walk in there are five big bikers who are drunk sitting in my lounge room…. I’m scared."

     

    Taken by surprise, I go through the imagery process trying my best to look calm and collected, but secretly thinking….“WHAT ON EARTH AM I GOING TO DO WITH FIVE BIKERS?!”. I looked around the room as if I was looking for an invisible guiding colleague to appear! IMAGERY RESCRIPTING

     

    Share on Your Social Media Account: SHARE THE JOY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

     

     

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

     

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    Copyright 2015 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"


  • 16 Jun 2016 8:32 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    16 June 2016

     

    How to start your perfect day in Vienna. 

    Bring Out Your Happy Child: AcroYoga with Lisa Looping

     

    TRUST, PLAYFULNESS & COMMUNITY: We're excited to offer Vienna conference attendees the opportunity to start the day with Lisa Looping in a yoga activity that blends the wisdom of yoga, the power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of the healing arts: AcroYoga. 

    What is AcroYoga? A team activity that combines three main elements:

    1. Solar Acrobatic Practices: cultivate trust, empowerment, and joy

    2. Lunar Healing Arts Practices: cultivate listening, loving, and letting go 

    3. Yogic Practices: cultivate breath awareness, life balance, and connection

    Step into your power and bring out your "Happy Child" mode: having fun, without knowing what you are capable of, and being curious about exploring new things.

    AcroYoga can teach you how to achieve through teamwork and progressions you may not have known were possible. You can laugh, play, and fall safely into a new sense of how much is possible in your body. As you advance in the session, you will become more skilled with how to fly, to be comfortably upside down, and how to support your fellow participants in the process of learning. Together, you become a team player, building trust through movements that are fun!  

    When: Friday & Saturday Mornings 7:00 - 8:15 a.m.

    Equipment Needed: Please bring your own yoga mat

    Level: Every body, age, and level can participate

    Bring comfortable clothes, and we will have changing rooms available.  

    Lisa Looping is a local yoga instructor and performer based in Vienna (featured on "Austria's Got Talent!"). She will be joined by a colleague to lead the AcroYoga sessions to help reinvigorate your body and soul. See more about Lisa on the website: MORNING YOGA

     

    Important: the morning yoga activity requires enrollment when you register for the conference. If you didn't enroll but would like to attend, or if you can no longer attend the yoga activity, please contact us by emailing: morning activity

     

     

    FREE WIFI & Schema Therapy App:  We have arranged for free wifi for conference attendees at the Messe Wien venue. Our new Schema Therapy App is now available on the Apple Store and on Google Play. Within a week, conference attendees will receive an email containing their usernames and passwords to access all the features available for the Vienna conference. The App will work on any smartphone, tablet device, or laptop, and will simplify your experience--no more thumbing through a mountain of paper--being kind to your fingers, and to the earth.  

     

    The clock is ticking: 14 days

     There's still time to register and get your INSPIRE 2016 Pass for the Schema Therapy Event of the Year: Only a few spaces left!

     

     

      

     

     

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

     

    Friday July 1: Morning AcroYoga Activity | Conference Day 1 

     

    Saturday July 2: Morning AcroYoga Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet

     

     

     

     

    Please help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    — VIENNA CONFERENCE NEWS —

    One selection at the Preconference Workshop on Thursday June 30th is the full-day workshop: 

     

    "Schema Therapy for Children & Adolescents (ST-CA)" by Christof Loose & Mariya Galimzyanova

     

    A "Sneak Peak" by Christof Loose

    - Click pictures above to see interview -

     

    The aim of this workshop is to establish and to improve a better and more profound understanding of Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents (ST-CA). Starting with a breif overview of the model applied to children and adolescents, the workshop will cover working with drawings, finger puppets, chair work, board games, storytelling, fairy-tale techniques, marionettes, sand play, and metaphors. A significant part of the workshop will focus on the "Inner House," with a demonstration for how to use the technique, along with an exercise for participants.

     

    Watch Christof Loose, in an interview with Travis Atkinson, describe more about the "Inner House" in his "Sneak Peak." ST-CA PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP 

    One of your selections for the Morning of Friday July 1st from 10:45 to 12:15 includes a workshop by Eelco Muste, Nynke Tuin, Greta Günther, and Connie van Mook:

     

    "Please take my hand and get me out of her. Modes in rescripting: an experiental, multi-disciplinary discourse" 

     

     

    A "Sneak Peak" by Eelco Muste

    - Click picture above to see interview -

     

    Imagery with rescripting is one of the most powerful experiential tools to meet and heal the Vulnerable Child mode, and to strengthen the Healthy Adult mode. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply rescripting throughout multiple disciplines. You will also learn how to use 'nonverbal' therapy (psychomotor, drama, and art therapy), and sociotherapy during rescripting. Finally, challenging situations that arise during rescripting will be discussed, such as how certain modes interfere with the process, and you will be able to practice working through these obstacles. 

     

    Read more about this workshop, and other offerings, by visiting the conference website:  IMAGERY RESCRIPTING

     

     

    Stephansdom Cathedral: Vienna's Most Beloved Landmark

     

    Your logical starting point to explore the past and present:the Gothic Stephansdom Cathedral is Vienna's most beloved landmark, and remains the nucleus upon which the city has grown. The foundations of the original Romanesque church originate from 1147, but the earliest surviving features today are the 13th-century Giant's Door (Riesentor), and the Heathen Towers (Heidentürme). In the 14th and 15th centuries, various Habsburg rulers rebuilt the Gothic nave, the side chapels, and the choir. 

     

    Read more in our extensive travel planner on our website: Vienna Travel Planner

    Help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

     

    See our Event Page on Facebook: INVITE

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

    Follow us on our new Google+ page: Google

     

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

     

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

     

  • 02 Jun 2016 2:49 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    2 June 2016

    June President's Letter 

    Vienna is approaching, with so much to offer!

    by Eckhard Roediger


    Read the latest President's letter, where Eckhard highlights some key features of INSPIRE 2016, including an invitation to attend the General Membership Meeting. Visit: PRESIDENT'S BLOG



    Celebrate INSPIRE 2016 with a Conference T-shirt!

    Order your shirt by June 8th: T-SHIRT

    We designed a perfect souvenior to remember your experience in Vienna! Select your preferred style, size, and quantity. We estimate the cost will be between €8.92 to €11.41, depending on the style you choose and the amount ordered by all attendees (plus applicable taxes and exchange rate fees). We plan to deliver them to the venue in Vienna. Hurry: you must order by June 8th. Click the button below to see the size chart and reserve your shirts:

    Final Reminder: Vote by June 6th! 

    The winner to host INSPIRE 2018 will be announced at the Closing Ceremony in Vienna

    We've created a poll for ISST members to find out what their top choice is to host the next ISST World Conference: Take a few minutes to review the choices by clicking on the images below, and you will be redirected to each city's official tourist website to read more details, and then cast your vote in our poll. The ISST Board will consider your answers to decide which city will be announced as the winner in Vienna on July 2nd at the Closing Ceremony.

    The nominations are listed below, in reverse alphabetical order:

    Washington, D.C., USA

    Perth, Australia

    Kraków, Poland

    Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Barcelona, Spain 

    Ready to cast your vote? Click the image below:

    After you vote, go to the blog to share why you made your choice to help other members decide.

    The blog is open to be read and commented on by the public. To add a post, you must be an active ISST member enrolled on the website. If you're not yet enrolled, complete the required "Double Opt-In" process at: ENROLL

    Go to the blog now to share your views: INSPIRE 2018

    Joining Us in Vienna? Get Your INSPIRE 2016 Pass Now: There's still time to register and get your INSPIRE 2016 Pass for the Schema Therapy Event of the Year: Space is Limited, and Spots are Filling Fast!

      

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet

    — SNEAK PEAKS of Your Selections —

    One of your selections for Friday Morning, July 1st from 10:45 to 12:15 is:

    "Working with an Innovative e-Health App 'Secure Nest' Designed Specifically for Schema Therapy: New Avenues for Meeting Client's Needs in a Digital Era."

    Watch the "Sneak Peak" interview now: NEW TOOLS

    Secure Nest is a web-based application built to support schema therapists in working with clients. This workshop will demonstrate the features of the application, including how to support clients through the stages of therapy. Several uses of the application will be shown to guide therapists. Watch the "Sneak Peak" interview with Sally and Joseph Skewes to find out more about the workshop and Secure Nest: e-Health Tools

    Magnificent views of both old and new Vienna: the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel

    The 200-foot Ferris wheel was one of three built in Europe at the end of the 19th century, but the only one to survive. Views from the cars provide vistas of the best of Vienna. The Ferris wheel is located in the 2nd District, Leopoldstadt, not far from the Reed Messe Wien Conference venue, and open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight. €8.50.

    Read the list of top activities in our Vienna Travel Planner: SEE VIENNA

    See our Event Page on Facebook: INVITE

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

    Follow us on our new Google+ page: Google

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator


    "Be the Change You Help Create"

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

  • 24 May 2016 6:57 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    24 May 2016

    The Nominations Are In: Cast Your Vote Now. Winner to be Announced at Closing Ceremony in Vienna

    Complete the Member Poll: Deadline is June 6th

    We've created a poll for ISST members to find out what their top choice is to host the next ISST World Conference: Many members participated in the blog to nominate and support cities to host INSPIRE 2018. From those nominated, we have chosen the top five where ISST members backed up their nomination with a commitment to help organize the conference in the host city. Take some time to review the choices, and cast your vote in our poll. The ISST Board will consider your answers to decide which city will be announced as the winner in Vienna on July 2nd at the Closing Ceremony.

    The nominations are listed below, in alphabetical order:

    Barcelona, Spain 

    Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Kraków, Poland

    Perth, Australia

    Washington, D.C., USA

    Click on each picture, and you will be redirected to the official tourism website of each city. Take some time to review each offering, then cast your vote in our poll by clicking on the image below:

    After you have cast your vote, go to the blog to share your vote and let other members know why you made your choice.

    The blog is open to be read and commented on by the public. To add a post, you must be an active ISST member enrolled on the website. If you're not yet enrolled, complete the required "Double Opt-In" process at: ENROLL

    Go to the blog now to share your views: INSPIRE 2018

    Joining Us in Vienna? Get Your INSPIRE 2016 Pass Now: There's still time to register and get your INSPIRE 2016 Pass for the Schema Therapy Event of the Year: Space is Limited, and Spots are Filling Fast!

      

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet

    See our Event Page on Facebook: INVITE

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

    Follow us on our new Google+ page: Google

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 11 May 2016 9:04 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    11 May 2016

    Nominate Your City to Host INSPIRE 2018: Winner to be Announced at Closing Ceremony in Vienna

    Enter Your Proposal on the Member Blog Now

    We've created a blog for members to nominate cities for the next ISST World Conference: Go to the new blog and add a post that includes all the reasons you are proposing your favorite city to host the next conference in 2018. Criteria may include potential conference venues, convenient transportation hubs, numerous hotel offerings, exciting cultural and entertainment activities, and any other factors that help your favorite city stand out.

    The blog is open to be read and commented on by the public. To add a post, you must be an active ISST member enrolled on the website. If you're not yet enrolled, complete the required "Double Opt-In" process at: ENROLL

    Go to the blog now to submit your proposal: INSPIRE 2018

    Joining Us in Vienna? Get Your INSPIRE 2016 Pass Now: There's still time to register and get your INSPIRE 2016 Pass for the Schema Therapy Event of the Year: Space is Limited, and Spots are Filling Fast!


      

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet

    Please help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    — VIENNA CONFERENCE NEWS —

    One of your selections at the conference for 

    Friday Morning, July 1st from 10:45 to 12:15 is:

    "Differentiating Between a Parent Mode and an Overcontroller Mode" 

    A "Sneak Peak" by David Edwards

    - Click picture above to see interview -

    Negative voices (punitive, guilt-inducing, demanding, etc.) are often introjects from parent or authority figures and located in parent modes. They may also be part of overcompensatory modes: a "perfectionist" overcontroller incorporates rules that set standards as well as self-critical and demanding messages that motivate the individual to attain them. Such modes may begin in childhood where they shut down vulnerability to protect the child from hurtful behavior from adults.

    David Edwards gives a "Sneak Peak" in an interview by Travis Atkinson of his Vienna workshop, explaining how existing parent messages may be recruited in their construction, so that what starts as an introject becomes part of a coping mode, and so of the self. In parent modes and in overcontrollers, the messages are self-directed, but in modes like "scolding overcontroller" or "bully and attack," they are turned on others, and incorporate elements from parent introjects. Knowing the source of the mode helps the therapist determine which strategy will be most helpful therapeutically.

    Read more about this selection, and watch the interview with David: OVERCONTROLLER MODE

    Another selection at the conference for 

    Saturday Early Afternoon, July 2nd from 2:30 to 4:00 is: 

    "Schema Mode Inventory (SMI): What Does It Measure, and Does It Matter?" 

    An interview with Eamon Smith

    - Click picture above to see interview -

    Few studies have examined the factor structure of the Schema Mode Inventory (SMI), and specifically the theorized category structure of child, parent, and coping modes. This study presents an analysis of the factor structure, internal reliability, and inter-correlations among individual modes and measures of psychological distress and well-being.

    In this interview by Travis Atkinson, Eamon Smith gives a sneak peak of his hot topic, hinting at some of the results of his study that lead to some provocative suggestions that may influence clinical work. Read more about this hot topic, one of five hot topics presented as one of your selections during the Early Afternoon Session on Saturday, July 2nd in Vienna: MEASURING THE SMI

    The Habsburg Collections: Royal Taste and Style in Art

    The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts)

    Albertina Museum

    A World of Art Awaits Your Five Senses in Vienna: If you're a fan of classical works, the enormous collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Art) is ready to delight. The museum

    houses a vast range of art collected by the Habsburgs, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Holbein, and Caravaggio. Seeing the sublime Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, the 16th-century Dutch master, is worth the trip to Vienna alone.

    Adding to Vienna's massive art offerings, the Albertina Museum has a tremendous collection sure to satiate your appetite for the finest masterpieces, including 70 Rembrandts, 145 Dürers, and 43 Raphaels, along with works by Picasso, Rubens, da Vinci, and Michelangelo.

    See our extensive guide to travel within Vienna at: Vienna Travel Planner

    Share the INSPIRE 2016 Flyer with your colleagues

    We created a promotional flyer to help share the details about the Vienna Conference, and we invite you to download the pdf, available in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Turkish, and Italian.

    The Vienna Conference is one of the best ways other professionals can get to know schema therapy; help as many colleagues as you can to learn more. Visit: INSPIRE 2016 FLYER

    Help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    See our Event Page on Facebook: INVITE

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

    Follow us on our new Google+ page: Google

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"


  • 29 Apr 2016 9:00 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    29 April 2016

    It's your last chance! The Early-Bird Pass savings end on April 30th. Save your spot now.

    Take advantage of the Early-Bird Pass to save from €40 to €100

    We've assembled the dream team of schema therapists for the schema therapy Event of the Year. Prepare to be inspired! If you haven't already registered for Vienna, we are extending your opportunity to save with the Early-Bird Pass through April 30th. This is your opportunity to hand-pick from 50+ training selections, including workshops, symposiums, hot topics, case presentations, and panel discussions. Early-Bird savings add up to as much as €100 off the standard, non-member rate. Save your spot now: REGISTER

    "An Overview of the Vienna Conference from the ISST Board Science and Research Coordinator" 

    Eshkol Rafaeli previews INSPIRE 2016

    - Click picture above to see interview -

    The ISST Board Science and Research Coordinator, Eshkol Rafaeli, highlights the Vienna World Conference. In an interview, he discusses the selection process for presentations, along with the exciting new formats included in the INSPIRE 2016 conference. Watch the interview now for a preview of what you have to look forward to in Vienna.

    Get Your Early-Bird Pass: There's still time to register, save from €40 to €100, and get your Early-Bird Pass for the schema therapy event of the year: Final Early-Bird Savings Expire on April 30th

      

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet

    Please help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    — VIENNA CONFERENCE NEWS —

    One of your selections at the conference for 

    Saturday Morning, July 2nd from 11:00 to 12:30 is: 

    "Cluster-C: From Addiction to Connection. Working with the Self-Soother or Self-Stimulator in Cluster-C Patients: the Hidden Addiction Mode" 

    An interview with Truus Kersten and Guido Sijbers

    - Click pictures above to see interview -

    Join Truus Kersten and Guido Sijbers as they dive into the hidden addiction mode: the self-soother in Cluster-C Personality Disorders. In this interview by Travis Atkinson, they give a sneak peak of their workshop, which focuses on the specific characteristics of this mode, and the differences with other avoidant coping modes. They will explain how the self-soother and self-stimulator modes can be observed in and outside the therapy session. Truus and Guido also will give a short introduction of the core elements of evidence-based addiction treatment (CBT), and suitable schema therapy techniques.

    Truus and Guido will argue that the self-soother can be a hidden mode, illustrated by case examples of Cluster C-patients in different treatment settings, including general mental health, addiction, and forensic settings.

    Read more about the hidden addiction mode, and other selections, at: INSPIRE 2016

    Ringstrasse Tram Tour: Glide By Great Sights in Vienna

    Hop aboard Vienna's Ringstrasse tram: enjoy an hour-long orientation of some of the Ringstrasse's greatest sights. The Ringstrasse was constructed in the 1860s by Emperor Franz Josef, who replaced the medieval wall with the boulevard. The self-guided tour starts and ends at the centrally located Opera house.

    When to go: enjoy the Ringstrasse tram by day, or during the evening hours when buildings are beautifully lit. Allow for more time if you plan to stop at sights or visit nearby points of interest.

    See our extensive guide to travel within Vienna at: Vienna Travel Planner

    Share the INSPIRE 2016 Flyer with your colleagues

    We created a promotional flyer to help share the details about the Vienna Conference, and we invite you to download the pdf, available in several languages. 

    In addition to the English version, we have conference flyers available in the following languages:

    Spanish: translation help by Lydia Tineo
    French: translation help by Danielle Sauvé
    Dutch: translation help by Travis Atkinson
    German: translation help by Eckhard Roediger & Alexandra Schosser
    Portuguese: translation help by Paula Guths
    Turkish: translation help by Sevinc Goral-Alkan
    Italian: translation help by Keeton Alder

    If you would like to volunteer, or don't see your language, please help by emailing: TRANSLATION HELP.

    Please share your native language flyer at other conferences you are attending, at gatherings with your colleagues, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn), or on other professional listservs that allow for postings.

    The Vienna Conference is one of the best ways other professionals can get to know schema therapy; help as many colleagues as you can to learn more. Visit: INSPIRE 2016 FLYER

    Help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    See our Event Page on Facebook: INVITE

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

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    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator


    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 11 Apr 2016 10:47 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    Register now for the most essential schema therapy gathering of the year in Vienna!

    Take advantage of the Early-Bird Pass to save 

    from €40 to €100 before April 30th.

    Whatever you're into, we've got a selection for you: Become a schema therapy champion with powerful content for every passion in the therapeutic world. Our 50+ hands-on training selections include workshops, symposiums, hot topics, case presentations, and panel discussions, and are now ready for you to hand-pick. Register today to take full-advantage of the Early-Bird Pass, and as a member, save up to €100 off the standard, non-member rate by April 30th. REGISTER

    One of your selections includes the symposium:

    "Utilizing the mode model to effectively meet world-wide, ever-shrinking psychotherapy session allowances: can schema therapy be relatively brief?" 

    An interview with Joan Farrell

    - Click picture above to see interview -

    Watch a "sneak peak" interview with Joan Farrell, previewing her symposium that she will cochair with Jeff Young. The symposium will address the development and testing of time-limited schema therapy treatment programs that combine group therapy with a limited number of individual therapy sessions. Can this treatment protocol help produce results that are both effective and safe?

    Schema therapy is generally seen as a long-term treatment, not usually considered for limited session numbers of 20 or 30 group therapy sessions, and 10 to 12 individual therapy sessions. Some people question whether it is even safe to include the essential experiential work of schema therapy within the confines of brief treatment.

    Answering the key questions of effectiveness and safety, the symposium brings together schema therapists from the United States, Australia, and the Netherlands who work with time-limited schema therapy treatments. Each discussant will present the protocols they are testing, along with preliminary results for a variety of disorders, including: borderline personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, mixed personality disorder, and complex trauma, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

    Chairpersons: Joan Farrell, Jeff Young

    Joan Farrell: a brief, trans-diagnostic 'Foundation Treatment Program of Schema Therapy' using the Mode Model and combinations of group and individual sessions.

    Rita Younan: a pilot study of a four-week inpatient program using group schema therapy for adults with complex trauma.

    Sally Skewes: a pilot study using short-term group schema therapy for mixed personality disorders.

    Michiel van Vreeswijk, Tamara May, Ida Shaw, Rachel Samsonadditional speakers. 

    Read more about this symposium at: BRIEF SCHEMA THERAPY


    Get Your Early-Bird Pass: There's still time to register, save from €40 to €100, and get your Early-Bird Pass for the schema therapy event of the year: Current Savings Expire on April 30th

      


    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet



    Please help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    Wiener Staatsoper: Delight Your Eyes and Ears 

    One of the World's Great Opera Venues: construction of this Neo-Renaissance State Opera House began in 1861, and opened in 1869 with Mozart's Don Giovanni, securing the title "heart of the music world" for Vienna. The State Opera House was the first of the grand buildings constructed on the Ringstrasse in Vienna. After being nearly destroyed by World War II bombs, it reopened in 1955 with new technology. From the exterior, the majestic stone survived the war, and is dominated by the original loggia. See the two fountains on each side by Josef Gasser, representing music, dance and joy on the left, and sorrow, love, and vengence on the right.

    The state subsidizes the opera company, so both pricey and affordable seats are available. Since the opera company is on summer break between July 1st through August 31st, take in a performance at the beginning of your Vienna adventure. Make your reservation in advance by visiting the opera website: STAATSOPER

    See our extensive guide to travel within Vienna at: Vienna Travel Planner

    Share the INSPIRE 2016 Flyer with your colleagues

    We created a promotional flyer to help share the details about the Vienna Conference, and we invite you to download the pdf, available in several languages. 

    In addition to the English version, we have conference flyers available in the following languages:

    Spanish: translation help by Lydia Tineo
    French: translation help by Danielle Sauvé
    Dutch: translation help by Travis Atkinson
    German: translation help by Eckhard Roediger & Alexandra Schosser
    Portuguese: translation help by Paula Guths
    Turkish: translation help by Sevinc Goral-Alkan
    Italian: translation help by Keeton Alder

    We are asking for volunteers to help with the SwedishNorwegianand Greek translations. If you would like to volunteer, or don't see your language, please help by emailing: TRANSLATION HELP.

    Please share your native language flyer at other conferences you are attending, at gatherings with your colleagues, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn), or on other professional listservs that allow for postings.

    The Vienna Conference is one of the best ways other professionals can get to know schema therapy; help as many colleagues as you can to learn more. Visit: INSPIRE 2016 FLYER

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

    Follow us on our new Google+ page: Google

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 04 Apr 2016 10:20 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    4 April 2016

     

    Register now for the schema therapy event of the year in Vienna!

    We're proud to host the Schema Therapy World Conference in Vienna. Take advantage of the Early-Bird Pass to save €40-€50 before April 15th.

    We never want to stop learning, and one of the best ways to grow is through the collaboration with other colleagues. Nowhere this year is there a better opportunity for schema therapists to gather for inspiration than Vienna for the ISST INSPIRE 2016 World Conference.

    Whatever you're into, we've got a selection for you: We now have the entire program of the Vienna Conference online, with details about each selection, along with bios of presenters, at: INSPIRE 2016. You will see workshops, symposiums, hot topics, case presentations, and panel discussions focusing on how to apply schema therapy to a vast number of populations, with an emphasis on mode work. You will also see summaries of the keynote speakers and pre-conference workshops by some of the key leaders in the field, both from within and outside of schema therapy.

    Are We Prisoners of Our Personality? Keynote address by Will Fleeson

    Can we change who we are, or are we prisoners of our personality? Are personality traits permanent and unwavering? How do schemas relate to traits? Will Fleeson will discuss Whole Trait Theory, offering a detailed model of traits with optimistic evidence suggesting that our personality is plastic, to a greater extent than previously thought. This plasticity provides us freedom to create the lives we want, but also reveals consequences of symptom variability from moment to moment, on a greater scale than once thought. 

    Will Fleeson is a Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA. His interests include the nature of personality, consistency, self-regulation, development, well-being, borderline personality disorder, and moral character. Will's studies on the distributions of behavior and their implications for personality won SPSP's Theoretical Innovation Prize, and the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology in 2015.

    Read more about Will Fleeson's keynote address, along with details of the many other distinguished presenters in Vienna, on the conference website: INSPIRE 2016

    Get Your Early-Bird Pass: There's still time to register, save €40-€50, and get your Early-Bird pass for the schema therapy event of the year: Savings Expire on April 15th

      

    Thursday June 30: Pre-conference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Gathering

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet

     

     

    Please help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    — VIENNA CONFERENCE NEWS —

    Join TEAM INSPIRE: promote the conference by getting the word out to your friends and colleagues

    We are forming a team to help promote schema therapy throughout the world, and to help spread the word so that as many people as possible will get to experience INSPIRE 2016! If you have an interest in marketing or publicity, or just want to lend your talents to a great cause, take a moment to sign-up to help promote the Vienna conference to colleagues in your area! Go to: VOLUNTEER FOR TEAM INSPIRE

    The Hofburg: Walk in the Footsteps of Emperor Franz Josef

    Walk through the Imperial Palace to see some of the finest Baroque interiors in Europe. Until 1918, the Hofburg was the home of the Habsburgs. Today, it is a vast sightseeing destination, including the Imperial Apartments, two imperial treasuries, six museums, the National Library, and the famous Winter Riding School. Don't miss the latest Hofburg attraction, a museum devoted to "Sisi," the beloved Empress Elisabeth and beautiful wife of Franz Joseph who was the talk of Europe. See it all with the €23 "Sisi Ticket," including the Kaiserappartements, Silberkammer, Imperial Furniture Depot, Vienna Furniture Museum, and a Grand Tour of the Schönbrunn Palace. Review our complete guide to travel within Vienna at: Vienna Travel Planner



     

    Share the INSPIRE 2016 Flyer with your colleagues

    We created a promotional flyer to help share the details about the Vienna Conference, and we invite you to download the pdf, available in several languages. So far, Lydia Tineo has helped with the Spanish translation, Sevinc Goral-Alkan with the Turkish version, Danielle Sauvé with the French translation, and Paula Guths will be translating the Portuguese flyer. If you don't see your language, or see needed edits in your native language, please help by emailing: TRANSLATION HELP

    Share the flyer at other conferences you are attending, at gatherings with colleagues, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn), or on other professional listserves that allow for postings. The Vienna Conference is one of the best ways professionals can get to know schema therapy; help as many colleagues as you can to learn more. Visit: INSPIRE 2016 FLYER

    Help promote schema therapy by sharing this email on your social media account: SHARE VIENNA

    See our Event Page on Facebook: INVITE

    "Like Us" on our new Facebook page: FANS

     

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

     

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"


  • 24 Mar 2016 2:29 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INSPIRE 2016 isn't just a conference - it's an experience

    Share the inspiration with your colleagues and friends in Vienna

    Researchers, clinicians, educators, and trainers who effectively practice schema therapy know firsthand how the results of the model can lead to real recovery in clients, not just symptom reduction. We never want to stop learning, and one of the best ways to grow is through the collaboration with other colleagues. Nowhere is there a better opportunity for schema therapists to gather for inspiration than Vienna this summer for the ISST INSPIRE 2016 conference.

    Whatever you're into, we've got a selection for you: We now have the entire program of the Vienna Conference online, with details about each selection, along with bios of presenters, at: INSPIRE 2016. You will see workshops, symposiums, hot topics, case presentations, and panel discussions focusing on how to apply schema therapy to a vast number of populations, with an emphasis on mode work. You will also see summaries of the keynote speakers and pre-conference workshops by some of the key leaders in the field, both from within and outside of schema therapy.

    Together Again: If you attend the conference in Vienna, you’ll have the opportunity to meet our Honorary President, Jeff Young, the creator of schema therapy, and Arnoud Arntz, our Honorary Scientific Director, a pioneer researcher in the field of schema therapy. Jeff will be presenting a Welcome Address, and will be participating in panel discussions, including a special Plenary Panel focusing on the role of mode work in schema therapy. In his Keynote, Arnoud will talk about the scientific foundation of the mode model and its effectiveness in clinical practice. During the conference, he will participate in a case conceptualization, symposium, and more. Read the details about Arnoud and Jeff, and the many other distinguished presenters in Vienna, on the conference website: INSPIRE 2016

    We hope you take advantage of this opportunity in Vienna to learn from schema therapy’s most provocative and influential leaders, and to contribute to your fellow colleague’s growth by sharing a part of your own experience—a way of learning that only the Vienna conference can offer to so many schema therapists from around the world.

    Get Your Early-Bird Pass: There's still time to register, save €40-€50, and get your Early-Bird pass for the schema therapy event of the year: Savings Expire on April 15th

      

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Poster Presentations & Welcome Reception

    Friday July 1: Morning Activity | Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Morning Activity | Conference Day 2 | Conference Banquet



    Join TEAM INSPIRE: promote the conference by getting the word out to your friends and colleagues

    We are forming a team to help promote schema therapy throughout the world, and to help spread the word so that as many people as possible will get to experience INSPIRE 2016! If you have an interest in marketing or publicity, or just want to lend your talents to a great cause, take a moment to sign-up to help promote the Vienna conference to colleagues in your area! Go to: VOLUNTEER FOR TEAM INSPIRE


    Schönbrunn Palace: the Glories of Imperial Austria

    Spend a half day experiencing the Habsburg's former summer home, a highlight for both Rococo romantics and Habsburg followers. This is the top tourist site in Vienna for a reason, since nowhere is the history of imperial Austria more prominent. Designed by Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach in 1696, with significant alterations for Maria Theresa 40 years later, this is the Habsburg summer residence that lies within the Vienna city limits. Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds, open from dawn to dusk. Gather more inspiration as you look out from the beautiful vistas inside the palace that Maria Theresa, Napoléon, and Franz Josef viewed. See our complete guide to travel within Vienna at: Vienna Travel Planner

    Share the INSPIRE 2016 Flyer with your colleagues

    We created a promotional flyer to help share the details about the Vienna Conference, and we invite you to download the pdf, available in several languages. So far, Lydia Tineo has helped with the Spanish translation, Sevinc Goral-Alkan with the Turkish version, and Danielle Sauvé will be helping with the French translation. If you don't see your language, or see needed edits in your native language, please help by emailing: TRANSLATION HELP.

    Share the flyer at other conferences you are attending, at gatherings with colleagues, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn), or on other professional listserves that allow for postings. The Vienna Conference is one of the best ways professionals can get to know schema therapy; help as many colleagues as you can to learn more. Visit: INSPIRE 2016 FLYER

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator


    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"


  • 10 Mar 2016 3:35 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Schema Therapy Bulletin

    March 2016: Schema Couples Therapy

    “We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all” - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Few intimate relationships commence and develop with the prospect thoughts of tough times ahead, however conflict, challenges and emotional pain are often side effects from are a natural accompaniment to being close to someone.

    At the centre of our psychological makeup lies vulnerability, and interpersonal relationships are often where human beings feel that vulnerability. Often the epicentre of vulnerability is observed in the couples relationship, where feelings are magnified by love, romantic bonds, family and ties.

    Dysfunctional schemas and modes can be perpetuated by unhealthy, relationships or healed and transformed by healthy and satisfying ones. More recently, the complex interplay between 2 people and their history has become a focus of Schema Therapy. This model suggests ways to explain, improve and resolve some of the obstacles to successful relationships, through its focus on meeting basic human needs. The basic human need to feel safe, secure, connected and cared about,  and the factors that interfere with getting those needs met in healthy and adaptive ways, are explored in this issue.

    Co- Editors,

    Chris Hayes (Australia)  

    Lissa Parsonnet (USA) 

    Please note: you must be enrolled on the ISST website to access the latest digital or pdf version of the Schema Therapy Bulletin. Go to STB now for the complete issue: SCHEMA THERAPY BULLETIN

    Not yet enrolled on the website? Visit: MEMBER LOGIN

    FEATURE ARTICLES INSIDE MARCH'S ISSUE 

    Mode TrackingSM with Couples

    by Chiara Simeone DiFrancesco, Ph.D.  (USA) 

    Mode TrackingSM and Need TalkSM are service marks created by the author and belonging to Dialog International Press, LLC

    What is Mode TrackingSM and how does it work? Mode TrackingSM comes from the conceptualization of Schema Therapy. It involves the activation of the developmental history of a person, particularly in their childhood. Because we do not live in a perfect world, most children have at least some of their core needs unmet. How core needs are or are not met will impact the individual’s emotional development and their capacity for connection with others. The vantage point of adulthood does not necessarily bring recognition of the lessons learned in childhood, and the consequent formation of early maladaptive schemas (schemas).  Schemas are complex patterns that arouse the autonomic nervous system into a familiar way of coping that maintains the unmet need. These schemas can generally be classified into 18 different patterns. This helps us have some meta-awareness of their activation. 

    One can track the activation of the schemas like pistons firing in an engine. Together they more or less, depending on their state of repair, get the car moving.  When schemas are activate, often many of them in rapid succession, people exhibit schema modes. We can observe this from a three-dimensional perspective of core emotions activated (Child Modes), the cognitively mediated “voice in one’s head” (Parent Modes) providing commentary about self and others, and the actual ensuing behaviors (Coping Modes). These layers can be diagrammed in a Mode Map or Mode Cycle Clashcard. They can also be experienced through the exercise of placing the modes in chairs, as their layers are “peeled off” like thin onion skins occurring at some moments nanosecond by nanosecond. MODE TRACKING

    A Schema Therapy Approach to Affairs

    by Professor Bruce A Stevens, PhD (Australia)

    Affairs are often part of the breakdown of relationships. Sadly, it seems that few people have much psychological insight into what happened or are wiser after the event. ST can help us to understand and possibly find some resources to deal with this common challenge in couple counseling.

    Almost all people enter a romantic relationship, whether marriage or living together, with a conscious intention of remaining sexually faithful, so an affair is inevitably a falling from an initial ideal, whether a religious or a personal value. It is usually secretive, guilt-inducing in the person involved and anywhere from infuriating to shattering for the partner who finds out. Although most of our discussion of this topic focuses on the affair in relation to a marriage, the dynamics are similar for an engagement, de facto partnership, or longer term committed relationship. In those cases, there may be less of a public dimension than with vows made in a marriage service, but often there are children involved and the legal situation can easily become entangled. AFFAIRS

    Healing relationships: How to extend the mode model into an interpersonal perspective

    by Eckhard Roediger, MD (Germany) 

    The conventional mode model is based looking at a single person and their biographical imprints resulting in schemas and coping styles. Schemas result from interpersonal experiences and tend to be acted out in current relationships (Young et al. 2003). So there is already an implicit interpersonal thinking underlying the schema model. Additionally, our partner selection is schema driven based on what Jeff Young called “chemistry”: In a nutshell that means that we  choose what we already know and do what we already can. We often end up in what Jeff Young called “life traps” (Young 2012). 

    Understanding current relations problems including the therapeutic interaction based on an interpersonal schema therapy model seems helpful – if not necessary - to improve them. Such an adjusted mode model for supervision purposes and for treating couples has been outlined (Roediger & Laireiter 2013; Simeone-DiFrancesco et al. 2015). The core concept of the interpersonal mode model focuses on the mode cycles between the coping modes of the partners. Relationships tend to stabilize themselves in a number of mode cycles, in a more or less functional way. HEALING RELATIONSHIPS

    Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance: Repairing and Rebuilding Trust with a Couple

    by Travis Atkinson, LCSW (USA)

    Challenges in the treatment room are constantly present for the individual therapist. These may include obstacles to developing and maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance, barriers to the ability to empathize with the client, and hurdles in working with the client to establish goal consensus and collaboration during treatment. With two clients in the room, double the possibilities for obstacles, and the challenges faced by the therapist working with a couple become more apparent.

    Of the many hurdles the couples therapist faces, one of the biggest threats to successful outcome lies in a rupture to the therapeutic alliance. The therapeutic bond between clients and therapist stands out as crucial to successful couples therapy, along with the treatment methods used, the characteristics of the client, and the qualities of the therapist (Norcross, 2011). When tension or breakdowns in the therapeutic relationship occur, the success of the treatment often diminishes, and failure to resolve the ruptures may lead to the end of couples therapy. RUPTURES IN COUPLES THERAPY

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    Copyright 2015 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"


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