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SKILL CLASS 1 | DAY 1: 2.30 PM - 4.00 PM

Creating Secure Connections in Schema Couples Therapy: Connection Dialogues

by Travis Atkinson & Poul Perris

How do Schema Couples Therapists help a couple to create corrective emotional experiences? Imagery rescripting and chair work are two techniques that can help couples shift from negative patterns in their relationship, but not the only tools. Connection Dialogues offer schema therapists a technique that can be used as a default in every session to help couples deepen their more vulnerable modes, and strengthen their healthy adult and happy child sides. Connection dialogues help each partner clarify and make sense of maladaptive modes that lead to unhealthy choices, and to own the impact of those modes. Through practice, Connection Dialogues help the couple expand those choices to create new love connections with each other.

This Skill Class is intended for: 


About the Presenters:

Travis Atkinson

Travis Atkinson, LCSW, is the Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center of New York (STTCNY). He is an Individual and Couples Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Travis trained with Jeffrey Young, the founder of Schema Therapy, starting in 1995, and worked as a staff member of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York for many years. He helped Jeff Young create the Schema Therapy Institute of New York, and served as faculty member for several years. Travis is also certified as an Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor, trained for many years with Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy. He also completed an extensive training at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington, earning his certification as a Gottman Method Couples Therapist. In addition, Travis completed extensive training in group therapy, and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist.
Since 2014, Travis has served as Public Affairs Coordinator on the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), and was the chair of ISST's Schema Couples Therapy Special Interest Group (2014 - 2017) and Committee (2016 - 2017). He has trained therapists internationally for more than 15 years, and is the author of “Healing Partners in a Relationship” in the Handbook of Schema Therapy (Wiley: 2012). Travis is the Director of the Loving at Your Best Program, running a couples center in Midtown Manhattan focused on Schema Therapy.

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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