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Round Table Discussion 1 | Day 1: 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

10 Years of the International Society of Schema Therapy: Strengths and Gaps in the Research

by Gary Donohoe, George Lockwood, Gerhard Zarbock, Poul Perris, and Joan Farrell

Chair: Wendy Behary


About the Presenters:

Gary Donohoe

Gary is Professor & Chair of Psychology at the National University of Ireland Galway. He completed his Clinical Psychology training at Trinity College Dublin, where he later completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychiatric genetics. Gary’s research focuses on understanding the biological basis of cognitive deficits associated with major mental health disorders, and the development of therapeutic programs for overcoming these difficulties. He was the recipient of a European Research Council award in 2015 for his work on the role of the immune system in cognition, and in 2018 received a Collaborative Doctoral Award for research in youth mental health. 

George Lockwood

George Lockwood is the Director of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest, Kalamazoo and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy under the supervision of Aaron T. Beck in 1982, and has training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and object-relations approaches. He has Advanced International Certification in Schema Therapy, served on the executive board of the International Society of Schema Therapy for 8 years, has written a number of influential articles and chapters on cognitive and Schema Therapy. Dr. Lockwood has also been a central contributor in the development of two new schema therapy inventories, “The Positive Parenting Schema Inventory and the “Young Positive Schema Questionnaire” and has maintained a private practice for the past 34 years; the past 23 of which has included work with individuals, couples and families with a special interest in extremely challenging cases. Dr. Lockwood is been giving invited workshops on schema therapy throughout the U.S. over the past 20 years and has given workshops at ISST conferences in Portugal, Berlin, New York City, Istanbul and Vienna. He consistently receives outstanding evaluations. 

Wendy Behary

With 25 years post-graduate training and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and co-director (with Dr. Jeffrey Young) of The New Jersey-New York City Schema Therapy Institutes. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York (until merging in 2012 with the NJ Institute), where she trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. She is a Founding Fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck Institute).  Wendy served as the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of "Disarming the Narcissist...”  (New Harbinger, 2013) translated in 10 languages.  Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, and the subject of narcissism, relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people.  Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, parenting issues, and couples experiencing relationship problems.

Poul Perris

Poul Perris, MD, is the Director of the Swedish Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Schema Therapy. He is trained in both individual and couples therapy. Poul is a certified in both Individual and Couples Therapy as a Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. He has  served on the Schema Couples Therapy Committee since 2014.

​Poul is the Founding President of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), and served on the ISST Executive Board from 2008 to 2010. He also served as President of the Swedish Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (SACBT), from 2010 to 2016. Poul has trained therapists nationally and internationally for over 10 years, and is the co-author of "Schematerapi en clinkers handbook & terapiberattelse," currently available in Swedish.

Joan Farrell

Joan Farrell, PhD, (with her partner Ida Shaw) has facilitated self-therapy groups for over 30 years leading to their book Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists. Guilford Press, 2018.

She is an advanced level ISST Certified Trainer/Supervisor in individual & Group ST. She co-directs the Indianapolis Center of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest, a training, research and practice center with ISST approved training programs in individual, Group and Child-Adolescent ST. She offers training nationally and in collaboration with ISST Training programs internationally – thirteen countries so far. She has published research articles, book chapters, a training DVD and three books on Schema Therapy. Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, Wiley 2012 and The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide: A Complete Resource for Building and Delivering Individual, Group and Integrated Schema Mode Treatment Programs, Wiley, 2014.

Joan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of clinical psychology, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and was a faculty member of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), in Psychiatry for 25 years. She is the Research Director of the Center for BPD Treatment & Research of the IUSM/Eskenazi Community Mental Health Center. She is an investigator on a number of international schema therapy outcome studies and was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health (USA) award for a randomized controlled trial of Group Schema Therapy. Joan is a member of the Executive Board of the ISST and the Coordinator for Training & Certification 2012-2018.

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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