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Please Note: Nederlandse deelnemers die naar het congres komen hier ook punten voor krijgen voor enkele belangrijke beroepsgroepen: VGCt Preconference 6 punten, Congres 14 punten; FGzPt: Preconference 6 punten, Congres 12 punten. 

Certificaten worden de volgende week naar u gemaild voor deelnemers die aanwezig waren.

Attended INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam? Access slides, and continue connecting with fellow participants by downloading the Schema Events App, available for your smartphone or tablet on iOS (9.0 or later) and Android devices (4.1 and up), or any other laptop, desktop, or other smartphone or table devices using your browser (safari and chrome work best): www.SchemaEvents.com 

Need a certificate of attendance? Contact the ISST Office directly at: CERTIFICATES

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Amsterdam: We were 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 2018’s must-attend event for psychotherapists and researchers everywhere.

Schema therapy is an integrated model of psychotherapy that has been shown in multiple studies to be significantly more effective than traditional psychotherapeutic treatments for a broad range of personality disorders, contributing to real recovery for our patients and clients, not just symptom reduction. 

At ISST’s biennial gathering, INSPIRE 2018 will be engaging, interactive, and will offer you a unique opportunity to explore practical skills, build on therapeutic models, and chat with psychotherapy peers and top experts in schema therapy. You 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 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 exciting results.

During the preconference day, you can choose from 10 full-day workshops, and during the two conference days, you will see world-renowned keynote speakers, and choose from 60+ selections from fresh topics most relevant to the psychotherapeutic world today.

Scroll below for more information on keynote speakers, features of the host city, Amsterdam, and specific directions for how to register for May’s conference. 

INSPIRE 2018 already has the largest enrollment for any schema therapy society event, and is nearing venue capacity, so we encourage you to register now. After you enroll, you will receive a link over the next few weeks to download the INSPIRE 2018 app, a state-of-the-art tool to help you connect and share with other conference participants.




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.


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CANCELLATION POLICY: If you are not able to attend INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam after registering, you are entitled to a refund, minus a €50 processing fee, if you notify us via email and receive an email confirmation from us that we received your request before April 23, 2018. After April 23, 2018, there will be no refunds allowed. Not attending INSPIRE 2018 does not entitle you to a refund. For details, or to notify us of a change, please contact the ISST Office at: OFFICE


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, Iran, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, 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. Do you reside in a country that requires a visa to visit the Netherlands? Please be mindful of the following five guidelines:

  • You contact ISST with an official document stating that you are employed by a university or comparable institute in your residing country (Email: VISA FOR ADAM)
  • ISST will send a "Letter of Invitation," sent by the ISST representative in the Netherlands, currently Remco van der Wijngaart, Vice President of ISST
  • Use your invitation letter to apply for a visa with the Dutch embassy in your country
  • Your embassy may contact ISST's representative in the Netherlands to verify the validity of your application
  • Please keep in mind that it is not possible for a government organization such as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or the Community of Amsterdam to provide a document with guarantees for the conference or your participation at the conference

The Official INSPIRE 2018 T-Shirt

DEADLINE EXPIRED: the deadline to order a t-shirt was May 1st. If you already purchased your t-shirt, you can pick it up at the Help Desk in Amsterdam. 

Celebrate INSPIRE 2018 and add a T-Shirt to wear during the conference in May. T-Shirts are available in both crewneck and V-neck lines, and are made of a luxurious, ultra-soft material that is breathable, allowing extra comfort (we tested the material, and are certain you will LOVE it!). Below is a design that will resemble the final version. See more about t-shirts, including SIZES: OFFICIAL T-SHIRTS




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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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