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In-Congress Workshop 5: Friday Early Afternoon and Friday Late Afternoon (F2W5 & F3W5)

Group Schema Therapy for Unspecified Personality Disorders Parts 1&2

by Annemieke Koppeschaar, Maria Rocher, and Kasper Nikkels




Aim:

In this workshop we will present a new 30 sessions protocol for the treatment of patients with Other Specified Personality Disorder (OSPD). The protocol is based on Group Schema Therapy by Farrell&Shaw with an emphasis on experiential work. This 30 sessions, semi-open group protocol developed with Arnoud Arntz is currently in a pilot phase at PsyQ Amsterdam. In this treatment program patients will gradually grow from junior level to senior level.

Teaching Methods:

workshop, with different exercises with experiential techniques

Learning Objectives:

How to implement a new 30 sessions protocol for other specified personality disorder, dealing with different levels of techniques with patients in different phases due to an open group schema therapy.

Workshop Intended For:

Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST training)

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

In this workshop we will present a new protocol for the treatment of patients with Other Specified Personality Disorder (OSPD). The protocol is based on Group Schema Therapy by Farrell&Shaw with an emphasis on experiential work. This 30 sessions, semi-open group protocol developed with Arnoud Arntz is currently in a pilot phase at PsyQ Amsterdam. In this treatment program patients will gradually grow from junior level to senior level.

Due to the many possible personality traits the patients in this (OSPD) diagnostic group have, there is a broad spectrum variety in the group dynamics. This challenges the grouptherapists to adjust their therapeutic relationship to these dynamic factors. Working with therapy-phases during this process gives the therapists structure and gives the clients the opportunity to learn from one-another.

OSPD-patients generally have a stronger Healthy Adult compared to clients with a specified personality disorder. This makes it possible for the therapists to use exercises in the group that induce more tension. In this workshop we will demonstrate how to use different experiential techniques matching both the different phases of the patients and the overall group dynamics. This includes for example experiencing how different experiential techniques can be used, taking into account the different levels, phases and group dynamics (mainly cluster B or C for example). We will also focus on imagery rescripting, the use of fleece (corresponding with the different phases), case conceptualization and on how to deal with the Punitive Parent and stimulating growth of the Healthy Adult in the group, using the group members and group dynamics.


    About the Presenters:

    Annemieke Koppeschaar:

    Annemieke is a healthcare psychologist in education for Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor/Trainer in individual and Group schema therapy for the ISST and is a Senior Schema therapist for the Dutch Schema Therapy Register. She works at PsyQ Amsterdam together with Arnoud Arntz, Maria Rocher and Kasper Nikkels where they have started a pilot for the treatment of Otherwise Specified Personality Disorder (OSPD) based on the treatment programs of Farell&Shaw. Annemieke has been working as a Schema therapist with patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and OSPD for several years. Mainly as part of the Farrell&Shaw research programs and currently in the BOOTS trial. She also worked several years in Elderly healthcare in Amsterdam and with people with autism spectrum disorder. She also owns a private practice for mental health problems a long with 2 other Psychologists. Annemieke is a Schema therapy Trainer, working with/for Odette Brand and Eelco Muste at Schematherapie in Bedrijf.



    Maria Rocher:

    Maria is a healthcare psychologist, a supervisor in the Dutch Schema Therapy Register, a Supervisor/Trainer in Group Schema Therapy for ISST, and a Supervisor in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (VGCT).

    She works at PsyQ Amsterdam, and is an independent Supervisor/Trainer. At PsyQ Maria works with Arnoud Arntz as a therapist in the group research programs of Farrell & Shaw. During last 5 years she has worked at the Viersprong, where Maria was a therapist in several groups for Borderline Personality Disorder (Farrell & Shaw programs). She has been working with the model for six years with groups and individual patients. She is supervisor for the Boots trial that is currently running. She has worked with forensic clients, women, men and adolescents at the Waag, a forensic Policlinic in the Netherlands for the past 9 years, along with two years at G-kracht with Marjon Nadort and Jenny Broersen.

    Maria is a Schema Therapy Trainer, working with Odette Brand and Eelco Muste at Schematherapie in Bedrijf. She has worked with clients from many different cultural backgrounds, and is also a trainer in Transcultural Psychology


    Kasper Nikkels:

    Kasper is a healthcare psychologist, Supervisor/Trainer in Individual and Group schema therapy for the ISST and is senior Schema therapist for the Dutch Schema Therapy Register. He works at PsyQ Amsterdam together with Arnoud Arntz, Maria Rocher and Annemieke Koppeschaar where they have started a pilot for the treatment of Otherwise Specified Personality Disorder (OSPD) based on the treatment programs of Farell & Shaw. Kasper has been working as a Schema therapist with patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and OSPD for several years. Mainly as part of the Farrell&Shaw research programs and currently in the BOOTS trial. He also worked several years in Addiction healthcare in Amsterdam, treating people with a wide range of addiction problems. Kasper is a Schema therapy Trainer, working with/for Odette Brand and Eelco Muste at Schematherapie in Bedrijf



    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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