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Chair of Group Schema Therapy Committee


Kerry Beckley

Group Schema Therapy Committee

The ISST now has a separate certification in Group Schema Therapy. The required curriculum, supervision hours and practice were developed over the last two years by a committee appointed by the ISST Executive Board. The function of the committee is to consider all applications for the certification of therapists and training programmes.  Group certification is separate from individual ST certification.  A prerequisite of beginning group training for those not already certified in individual ST is attendance at 12 hours of training in the ST model, which can be obtained through any of the ISST approved training programs in Individual ST. Kerry Beckley is the current chair of the Group ST Committee. All applications and questions should be directed to her at: EMAIL  The committee regularly discuss issues via email and more formal meetings are held when necessary.

Group Schema Therapy is the application of the full model of ST (i.e. cognitive, experiential or emotion-focused and behavioral pattern-breaking interventions). A short paper by Jeff Young nd Joan Farrell describing the model of group ST upon which certification is based can be found in the attachments for this page. Advanced level Trainer-Supervisors who want to apply to have an approved training program in Group ST must demonstrate that they will cover the curriculum developed by the GST committee and that they present a full model of ST as described in this paper. Over the two years of the committee's work to establish a Group ST certification we have reached consensus regarding the essential ingredients of GST which are reflected in the GST adherence and competence scale, the development of which was led by Gerhard Zarbock (I am trying to establish if this can be made available)

Upcoming Events in Group Schema Therapy

We are happy to be in London this Spring for our "5th annual" week of training in Group Schema Therapy March 23-27 - coordinated with Schema Therapy Workshops, Arnie Reed, director. See Arnie's webpage for information  www.schematherapyworkshops.com This training is part of our ISST approved Group ST Training Program, thus eligible to count toward requirements for Group ST certification. See our website for the full certification requirements www.BPD-home-BASE.org 

We are also very happy to be offering a new 2 day Master Clinician Workshop:  Schema Therapy for Avoidant Coping Modes in Personality Disorder, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, March 20-21 in collaboration with Schema Therapy UK, Vartouhi Ohanian, Director. This workshop focuses on interventions that can be used in individual or group therapy. See attached flyer for location and description and for registration info go to www.schematherapyuk.com

We will be in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia June 4-6 for Advanced Group Schema Therapy Certification Modules I,II,III coordinated by the St.Pb Schema Therapy Institute, directed by Paul Kasyanik: EMAIL  These three days are for people who have completed the introductory Group ST 3 days and they complete the didactic/role-play modules of Group ST ISST certification.

Also - we hope to see you at the very exciting international event - ISST Summer School 2015 in St. Petersburg  for the"White Nights Festival" June 11-13. Go to ISST Summer School for information. We have prepared 3 exciting days of meter clinician workshops by international experts in individual, group couples and child-adolescent Schema Therapy and a not-to-be-missed social program during the beautiful "White Nights".

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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