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SKILL CLASS 9 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM

Using a Chair to Represent the Affair in Couple Therapy

by Bruce Stevens

This class presents a brief overview of research about affairs and the difficulty of definition. The seven different types of affairs will be explained. Schema Therapy offers a rich model for understanding affairs in terms of mode dynamics, for example considering which mode(s) is driving the affair and how this can determine effective interventions. The use of chair-work to externalize the affair and how to encourage the couple to align with the therapist against the affair will be demonstrated. The Mode Cycle Clash Card will be demonstrated and then practiced. Also, the theme of exploring emotional learning, related to domains of schemas, will be illustrated using sentence completion, “I went into this affair because...” Finally, the question of forgiveness will be addressed. When? How?

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 


About the Presenter:

Bruce A. Stevens 

Bruce Stevens (PhD, Boston University, 1987) is the Wicking Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist, who has written seven books for publishers such as Random House, Harper Collins, PsychOz Publications, Australian Academic Press and Wiley-Blackwell. He is with Shayleen and he has four adult children. He has is a co-author of four books on Schema Therapy:

Schema therapy for couples: A practitioners guide to healing relationships, with international authors Dr Chiara DiFrancesco (USA) and Dr Eckhard Roediger (Germany), Walden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Breaking negative relationship patterns, with Dr Eckhard Roediger, Walden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.

Free to Love: Schema Therapy for Christians with Maureen Miner-Bridges New York: Novinka Publishers, 2017.

Contextual Schema Therapy, with Eckhard Roediger and Rob Brockman, in press with New Harbinger for 2018.

He has given over a hundred professional workshops in Australia and overseas.

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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