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

Dealing with Anger: Tips and Tricks for Therapists in Dealing with Angry Patients 

by Remco van der Wijngaard and Hannie van Genderen

Clients' anger is often the hardest thing to handle – not just for those close to the client, but also for therapists. -The client is touchy and refuses to do the exercises suggested by the therapist, leading to ever-increasing irritation. -The client exhibits sudden outbursts of rage for no apparent reason, during which he spews out all the perceived injustices. -The client becomes threatening or angry in a denigrating fashion when he feels he is not treated with respect. Therapists can react to such forms of anger in very different ways. Some find anger so difficult that they try to head off any dissatisfaction, irritation or anger in the client before it happens. However, angry clients can also provoke feelings of fear or failure, causing the therapist to feel anxious and insecure or perhaps become angry him/herself. In therapy, these interactions can lead to stagnation of the therapy process, withdrawal from therapy or feelings of despondency and exhaustion on the part of the therapist. In this workshop, the participants will learn to differentiate between the various forms of anger and then to handle these different forms of anger better with the help of tips, tricks and specific methods and techniques. 

The objective of the workshop is to help participants be better able to deal with anger in the therapeutic setting. Demonstrations will involve role-playing or DVD clips, which the participants then practice. Topics covered are: -Angry Protector, Bully & Attack mode, Self-Aggrandiser, Angry Child mode, Raging Child, Angry Punishing Parent and Healthy Adult anger -Empathetic confrontation, setting boundaries, the therapeutic relationship and private schemas.

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 


About the Presenters:

Remco van der Wijngaart

Vice President, ISST

Certified Advanced Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer

Remco works as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Initially trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, he was trained and supervised in Schema Therapy personally by Dr Jeffrey Young from 1996 till 2000. Remco specializes in borderline patients, patients with cluster C personality disorders as well as Anxiety and depressive disorders.

Since 2000 he frequently has been given training courses in Schema Therapy worldwide. He produced and directed the DVD series “Schema therapy, working with modes” which is considered to be one of the essential instruments in learning schema therapy. In 2016 he co-published 2 new DVD series “Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting” and “Schema therapy for the Avoidant, Dependent and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder.”

Hannie van Genderen 

Certified Advanced Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer

Hannie van Genderen is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist and is the Director of the Schema Therapy Training Institute of the Netherlands, She also has a private practice in  Schema Therapy. Hannie is co-autor of Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns and Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. 

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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