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WORKSHOP 1 | DAY 1: 2.30 PM - 6.00 PM

Corrective Emotional Experiences in the Group Family: Group Schema Therapy Mode Dialogues

by Joan Farrell, Zsolt Unoka, and Klara Csusz


A Schema Therapy (ST) group is a close analogue to the family of origin in which schemas and modes developed. For that reason, group ST is a powerful stage for corrective emotional experiences. One of the main group interventions is the mode dialogue. This workshop will present creative uses of the mode dialogue adapted for Group Schema Therapy. GST is a powerful catalyst of change and emotional healing. However, managing and leading a group is a complex task that requires a high skill level. In this workshop, the application of current and historical mode dialogues expanded for the group modality will be demonstrated. The critical components of this intervention will be described followed by participant practice with coaching from the presenters. In GST clients take the roles of the various modes of an individual member. Although a critical scene for one member is the point of origin, the rest of the group is actively involved. Playing out the relationship among modes for an individual allows all group members to feel and see the roles of the various mode categories in relationship to each other and to the underlying need of the Vulnerable Child mode. In addition, members are asked to reflect on their experience in the various roles and how the awareness gained can be applied to their schemas and modes. The importance of including the whole group in the intervention will be discussed and demonstrated. Brief didactic, emphasis on demonstration by presenters with participants and participant practice with coaching and feedback.

This workshop is intended for: 

Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST Training)

About the Presenters:

Joan Farrell

Joan Farrell, PhD, (with her partner Ida Shaw) has facilitated self-therapy groups for over 30 years leading to their book Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists. Guilford Press, 2018.

She is an advanced level ISST Certified Trainer/Supervisor in individual & Group ST. She co-directs the Indianapolis Center of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest, a training, research and practice center with ISST approved training programs in individual, Group and Child-Adolescent ST. She offers training nationally and in collaboration with ISST Training programs internationally – thirteen countries so far. She has published research articles, book chapters, a training DVD and three books on Schema Therapy. Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, Wiley 2012 and The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide: A Complete Resource for Building and Delivering Individual, Group and Integrated Schema Mode Treatment Programs, Wiley, 2014.

Joan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of clinical psychology, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and was a faculty member of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), in Psychiatry for 25 years. She is the Research Director of the Center for BPD Treatment & Research of the IUSM/Eskenazi Community Mental Health Center. She is an investigator on a number of international schema therapy outcome studies and was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health (USA) award for a randomized controlled trial of Group Schema Therapy. Joan is a member of the Executive Board of the ISST and the Coordinator for Training & Certification 2012-2018

Zsolt Unoka

Zsolt Unoka, M.D., Ph.D., psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, CBT and schema therapist, an associate professor, the head of the Psychotherapy ward, and deputy director at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. He is providing inpatient group cognitive/schema therapy for over ten years.  He is an advanced level ISST Certified Trainer/Supervisor in individual ST. He recently started to provide an inpatient, group schema therapy program at Semmelweis University. He is the Educational Director of the Hungarian Association of Cognitive, Behavior and Schema Therapy. He has published several research articles, book chapters, on Schema Therapy and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Klára Csúsz

Hungary, Clinical Psychologist 1982, Psychotherapist 2013

Most relevant qualifications: Psychodrama Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor 1989,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 2013, Schema Therapy training – will be completed in 2018, Group Schema Therapy training – started in March 2018

Psychodrama for groups and individuals has been my focus for the past more than 25 years. My Schema therapy training and supervision provide a consistent theoretical foundation for my work. I have many years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently I work in my private psychotherapy practice, I teach and train psychodrama in the Hungarian Psychodrama Association, and also provide training programs in psychotherapy and organizational development for Eötvös Lóránd University Budapest. 

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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