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Amsterdam: The Place to Be INSPIRED


Created specifically for the psychologically-minded, INSPIRE 2018 marks the return of the International Society of Schema Therapy's (ISST) three-day biennial conference. With the beautiful city of Amsterdam hosting, INSPIRE 2018 promises to be the must-attend event for psychotherapists and researchers everywhere.

INSPIRE 2018 will be engaging, interactive, and a unique opportunity to explore practical skills, build on therapeutic models, and chat with psychotherapy peers and top experts from the schema therapy world. Participants will meet, mingle, and share ideas with some of the most innovative minds in the therapy world.

If you’re a full-on psychotherapy enthusiast, or just want to know how to do more with schema therapy and research, join us at INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam the 24th through the 26th of May as ISST brings together a worldwide community of clinicians, researchers, educators, and supporters for the biennial conference. You will be updated on the latest advances in schema therapy, while enjoying the connections of friends and colleagues from around the world, including those new to schema therapy, and those who have long shared a passion for the model and its results.

During the preconference workshops, you can choose from several options, and you will see keynote speakers and choose from multiple workshop selections during the conference days.




Tap on each presenter's image to read more about his or her Keynote Presentation

Amsterdam: Melding History with Modern Urban Flair

Amsterdam, the city of canals, gabled rooftops, hypnotizing Rembrandts, and remnants of splendor from its 17th-century Golden Age, when it was the wealthiest city in the world, is also less red, more tasty, more comfy, and more connected than ever before. It is the capital and spiritual “downtown” of the Netherlands, where LED billboards mix with Golden Age drinking holes and hip coffee shops. Outside the center, you’ll find tree-lined canals, hidden courtyards, and wood-paneled cafes.

Amsterdam offers multiple options for colorful day trips: through the tulip fields of Kuekenhof, the cheese market of Alkmaar, the halls of the first modern painter of the 17th-century at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the streets with a Golden Age atmosphere in Vermeer’s hometown of Delft, the backyard beauty of the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Hoge Veluew National Park in Gelderland, or the stunning tower of de Dam in nearby Utrecht.

The canals of Amsterdam are reminders that the Dutch have managed nature. On a sunny day, the waterways come to life, flooded with boats, while cafes with canal-side seating fill. One of the most cherished words in Dutch is gezelligheid, which means “coziness.” You’ll witness the spirit of gezeligheid as you linger in conversations at a local café, or as you walk along the canals at night. The Netherlands has long cherished a “live-and-let-live” spirit, where tolerance for differences is welcome.

Amsterdam may feel a bit like a global village, with 820,000 inhabitants from 179 nationalities, and nearly everything a mere 10-minute bike ride away. For a small space, the city packs a cultural wallop, with scores of concerts, museums, festivals, and a legendary party scene. It’s impossible to resist Amsterdam’s charms, in a city defined by its houses, but with more than 7,000 registered monuments, most stemming from humble merchants that were built on 160 human-made canals stretching 75 km, covered with more than 1,500 bridges. Amsterdam is home to the largest historical inner city in Europe, famous for its UNESCO site waterways known as Grachtengordel, a 17th century urban expansion plan for the wealthy that is a lasting testament to the city’s Golden Age. Within a single mile, Amsterdam houses some of the greatest achievements in Western art, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, and so many more masterpieces.

You will find many of the treasures in smaller details, like the tiny alleyways off the beaten track, hidden garden courtyards, shop windows, vistas of church spires and gabled roofs that look like so many unframed paintings. With your umbrella in tow, you’ll be ready to take refuge from the propensity toward sudden bursts of rain by exploring the Museum District. Walking along the Prinsengracht canal may remind you of the beauty you experienced witnessing a Golden Age painting at the Rijksmuseum, and your best selfies may be next to local artists painting their finishing touches on their own versions of Rembrandt’s Nacht Wacht.

Amsterdam offers Holland’s best people-watching, as the Dutch are uniquely among the world’s tallest people. Culturally, the Dutch are known as being open and honest, in a way that some may experience as refreshingly blunt. As travelers and connoisseurs of world culture, the Dutch may be known to appreciate Vermeer paintings, Indonesian food, and the latest French film, all enjoyed with an un-snooty, blue-jeans attitude.

Venue: Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam

Less than 50 Spots Remain for Tier 4 Registration Rates: the Sooner You Register, the More You Save!

Save by registering now, and increase the likelihood of attending your preferred selections.

Tier 4 Registration Rates: lock-in your savings by registering now, and once the complete program is announced in February, you will receive an email with a link for preferred Tier 4 access to choose your desired selections.   


1. Choose Complete Pass, Conference Only, Preconference Only Full-Day, or Preconference Only Half-Day, along with your membership status (member, non-member, reduced rate member, reduced rate non-member, student).

2. Reduced rate participants reside in the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam.

3. If you are a non-member, we encourage you to join us and apply as a member after you have completed your registration. If you are accepted, please contact the ISST Office and request a refund for the difference between the member discounted rate. Please allow 10-15 days for your application to be processed. Join Us

4. The sooner you register, the better your choices: You will receive an email with a link to make your selections for preconference and conference days after the complete program is announced in February, depending on your Tier. The earlier you register, the better your selection of choices, since availability is limited.

The Official INSPIRE 2018 T-Shirt

Add the official INSPIRE 2018 T-Shirt to your cart! 

Celebrate INSPIRE 2018 and add a T-Shirt to wear during the conference in May. T-Shirts are available in both crewneck and V-necklines, and are made of a luxurious, ultra-soft, tri-blend material that is breathable, allowing extra comfort (we tested the material, and are certain you will LOVE it!).





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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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