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Conference Day 1: Friday Afternoon Selections 3:15 - 4:45

"the development of a 'healthy adult mode' in schema therapy with young adults, age 18-25 years" 

 WORKSHOP by natalie van oort & WilleMiEn van der mark

Participants will experience our approach of SchemaGrouptherapy for young adults (18-25 years) Young adults with personality disorders strive very hard to develop a Healthy Adult mode, but seem to be stuck in Childmodes. Many of them lack a positive parental identification figure and they often relate towards peers in an unhealthy manner. SGP with peers and therapists who can offer a positive role model in a safe environment enables patients to develop a healthy young adult mode of their own.  

The benefits of SGP for young adults are explained and illustrated by clinical case examples. We will outline the phases in SGP for young adults, in which patients develop from a junior to a senior position each phase transition marked by specific tasks and achievements which can be considered as a 'coming of age ritual'. For therapists working with young adults it is important to learn how to balance between setting limits and facilitating separation. Similarly, the therapist tries to stimulate the young adults to become autonomous individuals with a firm healthy young adult mode. This is a delicate process in which the therapist has to be sensitive towards the actual dependency on and loyalty towards the parents. We will focus on the approach of the therapist as an adequate, ‘good enough’ parent adjusted to the specific needs of the young adult. Teaching methods used in this workshop will include imagery, role play and chair work.

  • Regain insight in the specific mode dynamics during young adulthood 
  • Learn to recognize and encourage the 'Healthy Young Adult mode' 
  • Experience how therapists can use limited reparenting in this particular phase of life 
  • Learn how to benefit from the power of the peer group 
  • Learn more about do's and don'ts for therapists in working with young adults 

The workshop is intended for: Beginners and Advanced 

Willemien van der Mark, Msc, and Natalie van Oort, Msc, are licensed Mental health Psychologist and Psychotherapists with over 15 years of experience. They are both supervisors in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Schematherapy and trained in EMDR and Family-therapy.  As psychotherapists, they work at Altrecht, Institute for Mental Healthcare in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and in their own private practice in individual and in group setting. In their expertise as therapists for young adults with personality disorders they interweave clinical experience and theoretical frameworks of Schematherapy and Family Therapy. Central themes in their work are the development of identity and autonomy in young adulthood, loyalty problems and intergenerational schematransference.Together, they teach Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Schematherapy in postdoc trainingprograms and give workshops in Schematherapy and Transgenerational Schematransference at several (ISST) congresses.

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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