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Schema Therapy for Children & Adolescents (ST-CA)

By Christof Loose & Maria Galimzyanova

Schema Therapy (ST) is an enhancement and development of cognitive behavioral therapy, and particularly integrates emotions, but also developmental aspects centrally in their diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. It is also and especially in the field of child and adolescent therapy particularly suited to generate action-guiding, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts. The aim of the workshop is to establish and/or to improve a better and profound understanding of ST-CA.


In this Pre-Congress Workshop, first the schema therapeutic conceptual model, the underlying theory, and requirements in the therapeutic attitude are briefly outlined. Related to the children’s age one of the 18 schemas described by Young are outlined with their typical child and adolescent cognitions, coping strategies, and parental characteristics. In the center of the workshop are training and practice units, encompassing schema therapeutic strategies that have proven successful in schema- and mode driven, cognitive behavioral therapy of childhood and adolescence: Working with drawings, finger puppets, and chair work, but also with board-games, using storytelling and fairy tale therapy techniques, marionettes, sand-play, , and 

metaphors. In the second part we would like to explain the basic ideas for the “Inner House” and demonstrate how to work with it. This approach integrates mode and schema work with the 3 levels of the "Inner House", an adapted technique for imagery re-scripting work. It is suitable for adolescent patients, and all those (adults) who are not able to accept the Imagery Rescripting approach.

Learning Objectives:

Workshop’s participants have understood and learned the following contents: - Theoretical basics of ST-CA - Psychoeducation through drawings and finger puppets - Working with child modes, especially with the vulnerable and angry child modes - Chair dialogue - Use of the Inner House, as a substituion to Imagery Rescripting - Comprehension of the Inner House, and training in how to build it up with patients

    The workshop is intended for: Beginners and Advanced

    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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