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Day 2: Track 6

"Experiential Techniques for Violence in Offense Focused Work" 

with Kerry Beckley

This  workshop will provide an overview of the application of Schema Therapy to forensic clients.  The first part of the workshop will consider how offending behaviour can be understood in terms of modes, and how the function of violent acts links to the persons unmet needs.  Participants will be encouraged to consider how this applies to their own clients, and then to consider how both chairwork and imagery exercises can be used to deepen our understanding of these functions and to work on the underlying motivations to act violently in therapy.  The workshop will consider how techniques can be used in both individual and group work.  Finally, the workshop will explore how the schema model can be used to inform risk assessment and wider team working, including the common challenges for teams in 'holding in mind' the clients vulnerability and risk. 

About the Presenter:

Dr Kerry Beckley is Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical and Forensic), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPS) and the current Chair for the Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology.    Whilst at Rampton High Secure Hospital, she developed the Schema Therapy Programme for men with a diagnosis of personality disorder.   She was previously currently the Project Lead for the Personality Disorder Offender Pathway Project in Lincolnshire and was previously seconded part time to the Safer Communities Partnership in Lincolnshire to develop a strategy for supporting and treating perpetrators of domestic abuse. Kerry now runs her own company providing expert witness reports and training and supervision in both individual and group schema therapy.  Kerry is an Accredited Schema Trainer/Supervisor in Individual and Group Schema Therapy and am a full member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).  She is the current chair of the Group Schema Therapy Training Committee (ISST) and the Board Elections Committee.  She has published and presented on schema therapy for many years both nationally and internationally . 

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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