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In-Congress Workshop 1 | Day 1: 5.00 PM - 6.30 PM

Overcoming Therapeutic Impasses in Schema Couples Therapy Part 2

by Travis Atkinson, and Poul Perris 


1. Create and maintain a secure therapeutic bond with both partners in a relationship
2. Practice limited reparenting to address and repair ruptures in the therapeutic relationship while balancing the needs of both partners in the relationship
3. Master empathic confrontation with partners in a dysfunctional mode cycle

Teaching Methods:

This skill and intervention-focused workshop will start with a brief introduction of how the schema therapy model uses mode work in love relationships to improve outcomes for even the most challenging couples. We will highlight some of the most common therapeutic impasses that occur when treating couples, focusing on how to repair ruptures. Interventions will include Connection Dialogues (CD) and Imagery Rescripting for Couples (IRC). Participants will view digital recordings of key interventions, and practice role-plays to help them overcome some of the most challenging impasses when working with couples applying the schema therapy model.

Learning Objectives:

1. Assess schemas and modes of each partner in the love relationship that influence common therapeutic impasses
2. Apply effective interventions to de-escalate maladaptive mode cycles between partners and repair ruptures in the therapeutic relationship
3. Consolidate new modes of interaction within the couple to overcome therapeutic impasses and solidify adaptive schemas for both partners

About the Presenters:

Travis Atkinsoni

Poul Perris

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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