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SKILL CLASS 10 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM

The Art of Limited Reparenting: Healing the Full Scope of Dysfunctional Schema-Mode Cycles

by Poul Perris


A hallmark for personality-disordered clients is the difficulty in forming stable intimate relationships. Emotional intimacy may be perceived as unsafe and reparenting attempts in therapy may trigger dysfunctional schema-mode cycles. Bypassing rigid coping modes with empathic confrontation is an art by itself, but once accomplished a dysfunctional parent mode may "kick in". The therapist then has to shift into setting limits to the parent mode to protect the vulnerable child. Once the parent mode is put in place, the therapist has to shift stance again, this time into a reparenting mode to heal the vulnerable child. Shifting stances back and forth like this is a challenging endeavor. If performed well it will help strengthen the client's healthy adult by fostering inner-connection and self-assertiveness, as well as being a pivotal corrective emotional experience for the client's difficulties with intimacy.

In this skill class participants will be presented with a step-by-step rational for how to conceptualize dysfunctional schema-mode cycles within the therapy relationship. Case vignettes will be presented and role-plays. The class aims to help schema therapists deepen their limited reparenting skills by focusing on how to handle the full scope of schema-mode processes as they evolve during reparenting attempts when working with complex cases.

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 

Intermediate (Participants have had basic Schema Therapy Training)

About the Presenter:

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. 

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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