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There is a reason Travel+Leisure magazine named St. Petersburg one of the "top canal cities in the world." Attendees to the 2015 ISST Summer School basked in the glory of the "white nights," while attending workshops focused on schema therapy's specialist topics. 

The White Nights Festival of the Arts brought together ballet and opera including the ballets Cinderella and Don Quixote performed by the world famous Marinsky ballet troop in the gorgeous, historic Marinsky theater, opera and folk music performances.

Do you want to enhance your skills and expertise as a schema therapist, during one of the best times of the year to visit St. Petersburg? ISST invites you to join us for the 2015 Summer School in St. Petersburg during the White Nights Summer Festival. We will be hosting top experts in the field of schema therapy to present at workshops designed to help you broaden and expand your work with select populations and areas. It is also an opportunity to earn the continuing education credits required of all certified schema therapists or add to your work toward certification.

Since this is one of the busiest travel times to St. Petersburg, we suggest that you make your travel reservations as soon as you can. ISST Summer School 2015 will take place from June 11th through the 13th. The venue will be the Holiday Inn, St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota. This 4 star hotel and conference center is located just minutes from Moskovskiye Vorota Metro Station and is four metro stops from the city center of Saint Petersburg. It has large, modern, air-conditioned rooms. The hotel has two bars, three restaurants, and a night club. Rodchenko Restaurant serves rich breakfast buffet and a variety of Europe cuisine for lunch and dinner. Guests can make use of the tour desk and ticket service. The friendly, English-speaking staff provides 24 hour assistance. 

The Moskovskii Prospekt is a short walk away from the conference site, and the airport is only a 20-minute drive away.

The Conference Program offered a choice of three day-long workshops each day followed by early evening Round Table discussions led by experts. The daily workshop choices included the specialty areas of Schema Therapy: individualgroup, couples, or child-adolescent given by international experts. These workshops provided specific ISST certification credits and we expect them to be university certified to meet international continuing education requirements. Participants from Germany can send in their conference receipts together with the program to their Chamber and ask for Continuing Education credit points. We have been successful with this at previous conferences as events outside of Germany cannot be certified by German Chambers in advance. The Round Table discussions focused on: ST Specialty areas (Child-Adolescent, Group, Couples) ISST Certification, ST Research and ST theory. These provided opportunities to ask questions and share your ideas with international colleagues. The working language of the Summer School is English. Simultaneous translation into Russian for one workshop per day is being explored - info to follow.

The Social Excursions Schedule Included:

June 10: “Magnificent Sankt-Petersburg” -Evening sightseeing 3 hour coach tour of the city with an English speaking guide 8:00 – 11:00 pm 

(Winter Palace, Peter & Paul Fortress, St.Isaac Cathedral, Nevsky Prospect, Mariinsky Theatre, Summer Garden, University, Grand Choral Synagogue, Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg Mosque, Shipyards and many more)

June 11: “Romantic Sankt-Petersburg” Boat trip– canals, rivers and Neva (tube from hotel +    little walk by Nevsky Prospect to the boat pier) 8:00 – 10:00 pm  

June 12: ISST Summer School Banquet, at Holiday Inn, Russian, Soviet & Georgian Cuisine

June 13:  “White Night on Neva” – 2 hrs city tour by coach + 2 hrs boat trip on Neva with bridges opening (10:00 pm – 02:30 am) 

June 14: The Hermitage tour including Golden Collection Or: Peterhof – Historic Palace and Park with Fountains – 7 hrs 

Information about obtaining tickets to White Nights Festival: Ballet, Opera and Symphony will be provided as it becomes available. If you have special requests, let us know and we will try to help you arrange them.

EVENT COST By April 10; After April 11 

June 10 Evening Sightseeing €30 early bird €35

June 11 Evening Sightseeing by boat €30 early bird €35

June 12 Banquet €55 early bird €65

June 13 Eve Sightseeing & Boat trip €68

June 14 Day Trip to Peterhof- 7 hrs €110

June 14 Day -Hermitage, with “Golden Collection €35


All excursions are contingent upon required minimum signing up. Payment must be made in advance – early discount given for the first three events.  Social excursion events should be paid in rubles by Russian participants.

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White Nights Summer Festival


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ISST Summer School 2015 Schedule

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ISST Summer School 2015 Program

Click on the Workshop name if it is italicized for more information about content and presenters. (not all are available yet) The working language of the Summer School is English. Simultaneous translation into Russian for one workshop per day is being explored - info to follow.

June 11

Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents **    Maria Galimzyanova, PhD & Christof Loose, PhD

Russia & Germany

Schema Couples Therapy: Healing Partners in Love Relationships***
Eckhard Roediger, MD & Travis Atkinson, LCSW  Germany & USA Empathic Confrontation in Individual Schema Therapy****   (intermediate experience level)                    Neele Reiss, PhD & Friederike Vogel, MD                Germany

June 12

Individual Schema Therapy for Axis 1 Disorders **** (all experience levels)                                             
Eshkol Rafaeli, PhD & Offer Maurer, PhD                     IsraelChild & Adolescent Group Schema Therapy **

    Elena Romanova, PhD & Maria Galimzyanova, PhD Russian Federation

    Advances and Challenges in Working with Complex Trauma, Dissociation and Personality Disorder: *, **** (Intermediate & Advanced)  
    Joan Farrell, PhD  & Ida Shaw, MA                                  USA

    June 13, 2015

    Couples Group Schema Therapy *                          Paul Kasyanik, PhD & Elena Romanova, PhD         Russian Federation

    Overcoming "Stuckness," the Client’s and Your Own: Learning the “ABCs” of Schema Therapy *,**** (all experience levels)                                                  Ida Shaw, MA & Joan Farrell, PhD  
    Research into Schema Therapy in Your Clinical Practice (Half-day 1) (all experience levels)         Arnoud Arntz, Ph.D.

      Gerhard Zarbock, PhD

      *counts toward credits for the Group Schema Therapy Certification  

      **counts toward credits for the Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy Certification  

      ***counts toward the Couples Schema Therapy Certification  

      ****Counts toward the Individual Schema Therapy Certification

      ISST Independent Module certificates will be issued as indicated

      University-based Continuing Education credit is being applied for to meet international requirements.

      Detailed Summer School Information

      View more information about the exciting opportunity to join other ISST members in June by clicking on the image above.

      Hotel Registration Form: Holiday Inn

      Click on the image to download and complete the reservation form to secure your lodging during the ISST Summer School 2015. Act quickly to ensure your stay.

      "Among Top Canal Cities in World" - Travel+Leisure Magazine

      St. Petersburg Rated One of Top Canal Cities to Visit in the World by Travel+Leisure Magazine

      An intricate network of canals crisscrosses this crown jewel among Russian cities. The grand Neva River breaks off into strands that go by the State Heritage Museum and circa-1800 cathedrals and mansions. All kinds of watercraft ply the canals, including futuristic hydrofoils that can speed you to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s epic summer palace.

      How to Do It Right: Visit during the annual summer White Nights Festival, which heralds the midnight sun with concerts, exhibits, and street fairs. Revelers spill out of bars to gather along the water and cheer the late-night raising of the Neva River bridges to let tall ships pass.

      From Travel+Leisure Magazine online

      What are the "White Nights?"

      "Although the phenomenon known as the "White Nights" is not unique to St Petersburg, in no other northern city have they received such poetic and literary acclaim. What could be more romantic than a walk along the banks of the city's rivers and canals in almost broad daylight, no matter what the time of day? No other major European city can rival this experience nor the atmosphere on the streets of St. Petersburg during the summer months - lively, friendly, romantic and bustling with people throughout the night as well as the day!

      From late May to early July the nights are bright in St Petersburg, with the brightest period, the White Nights, normally lasting from June 11th to July 2nd. The White Nights (Beliye Nochi) are a curious phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg's very northerly geographical location - at 59 degrees 57' North (roughly on the same latitude as Oslo, Norway, the southern tip of Greenland and Seward, Alaska). St. Petersburg is the world's most northern city with a population over 1 million, and its stands at such a high latitude that the sun does not descend below the horizon enough for the sky to grow dark. In fact night becomes curiously indistinguishable from day, so much so that the authorities never need to turn the city's streetlights on!"

      From: www.saint-petersburg.com

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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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