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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




2.15 - 3.15


Schema Therapy for Childhood Sexual Abuse: Gaining Confidence and Understanding 

with Chris Hayes

Many adult clients who seek treatment in schema therapy have experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA).  The impact of CSA is complex and pronounced in the client’s conceptualization. In some cases, clients present with a focus on assistance in this domain. In other cases, the client has developed strong coping modes to block emotions, memories and thoughts that can be a significant driver of the presenting issues. The content and handling of CSA related issues can be anxiety-provoking for therapists and often be left unaddressed or misunderstood. This presentation aims in providing therapists better understanding of how to manage CSA related issues and better conceptualize its impact within a schema therapy context.  


Chris Hayes

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Schema Therapist based in Perth, Western Australia. He has had extensive experience in both government and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. Since 2005, he has been practicing as an advanced Schema Therapist, supervisor and trainer having completed certification in Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City (USA) with Dr Jeffery Young. He has presented workshops throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia. He is the Director of Schema Therapy Training Australia.

In addition to the provision of Schema Therapy training and supervision, he is currently employed with the Health Department of Western Australia as a Senior Clinical Psychologist (within a specialist service working with those who have experienced recent or childhood sexual trauma).

He has co-produced 2 DVD/ video releases "Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting" and “Fine Tuning Chair Work in Schema Therapy", both of which are highly recommended (and the 1st of their kind internationally).  From 2014 to 2018, Chris served as Secretary on the Executive Board for the International Society of Schema therapy (ISST).

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