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eckhard roediger 

Honorary Life Membership approved by the ISST General Membership Assembly October 2020

Eckhard Roediger, MD has is a pioneer in the world of Schema Therapy.  He is one of the founding members of the ISST and the first German Schema Therapist to establish a Schema Therapy Training Program in Germany.  Germany now has the largest number of Certified Schema Therapists in the world, due in no small part to his sustained commitment to providing high quality Schema Therapy Training.  He is also a Trainer in schema therapy for couples and is a prolific author.

While he continued his commitment to Schema Therapy training, writing and treatment, Eckhard also served on the Executive Board for 6 consecutive term from the beginning of the ISST, more than any other ISST Member.  He served 3 terms as Secretary, one term as President and two terms finally as Treasurer. His knowledge, experience and generosity has made him a great source of support and inspiration to past and current Executive Board Members and to many others in the ISST Community.  Throughout his ISST commitment he has consistently demonstrated caring, compassion and understanding, qualities we value very highly in the Schema Therapy Community.

Eckhard has played a leading role in the development of schema therapy for couples.  He founded the Couples therapy special interest group and served on the ISST committee that developed the criteria for training in this area.  He is a co-author of the first book on schema therapy for couples (DiFrancesco, Roediger, & Stevens, 2015) and of a schema therapy self-help book for couples (Stevens & Roediger, 2017).  See also his introductory article on using mode maps and analyzing mode cycles in the way we do in couples therapy to understand some of the conflicts that occur between client and therapist (Roediger & Laireiter, 2013).

To see just how prolific a writer he is, just go to www.amazon.de and put in his name under “Books.”  There are several books in German (some already in their 3rd editions) which have played a significant role in disseminating schema therapy in Germany. Here you will find his most recent book in English, Contextual Schema Therapy (Roediger, Brockman, & Stevens, 2018) which presents a deeper perspective on the Healthy Adult Mode and provides more finely tuned guidance on the implementation of experiential exercises.  This book has stirred a great deal of excitement and interest in the Schema Therapy Community and is an important contribution to advancement and development of Schema Therapy. 

His 2008 interview with Jeffrey Young can be read on the ISST website at https://schematherapysociety.org/Interview-with-Jeffrey-Young-by-Eckhard-Roediger

His contributions to the ISST and Schema Therapy have been enormous, and he richly deserves Honorary Life Membership of ISST.

Publications (Select list)

Roediger, E. (2012). Why are mindfulness and acceptance central elements for therapeutic change in schema therapy too? An integrative perspective. In M. van Vreeswijk, J. Broerson & M. Nadort (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory, research and practice (pp. 239-248). Wiley-Blackwell.

Roediger, E. (2018). Was ist Schematherapie?: Eine Einführung in Grundlagen, Modell und Anwendung (3rd ed.). Junfermann.

Roediger, E. (2016). Schematherapie: Grundlagen, Modell und Praxis (3rd ed.). Schattauer.

Roediger, E., Behary, W. T., & Zarbock, G. (2013). Passt doch! Paarkonflikte verstehen und lösen mit der Schematherapie. Beltz.

Roediger, E., & Laireiter, A. (2013). The schema therapeutic mode cycle in behavior therapy supervision. Verrhaltenstherapie, 23, 91-99. https://doi.org/10.1159/000351775

Roediger, E., Stevens, B. A., & Brockman, R. (2018). Contextual schema therapy: An integrative approach to personality disorders, emotional dysregulation and interpersonal functioning. Context/New Harbinger. s

Roediger, E., & Zarbock, G. (2015). Schematherapie bei Persönlichkeitsstörungen. Der Nervenarzt, 86(1), 60-71. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00115-014-4008-8

Roediger, E. & Zarbock, G. (2015). Schematherapie bei Persönlichkeitsstörungen. Eine Standortbestimmung. Nervenarzt, 86, 60-71.

Roediger, E., Zarbock, G., Frank-Noyon, E., Hinrichs, J., & Arntz, A. (2020). The effectiveness of imagery work in schema therapy with couples: A clinical experiment comparing the effects of imagery rescripting and cognitive interventions in brief schema couples therapy. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 35(3), 320-337. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681994.2018.1529411

Di Francesco, C., Roediger, E., & Stevens, B. A. (2015). Schema Therapy with couples:  A practitioner's guide to healing relationships. Wiley-Blackwell.

Stevens, B. A., & Roediger, E. (2017). Breaking negative relationship patterns: A schema therapy self-help and support book. Wiley-Blackwell.

Valente, M., & Roediger, E. (2020). Schematherapie (Psychotherapie kompakt). Kohlhammer.

Zarbock, G., Roediger, E. & Hampel, J. (2014). Moduskarten in der Schematherapie. Verhaltenstherapie & Verhaltensmedizin, 35, 4, 374-379.

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