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In-Congress Workshop 2: Friday Early Afternoon and Friday Late Afternoon (F2W2 & F3W2)

Preventing Burnout Part 1&2

by Susan Simpson, and Diana Kleijzen 


This workshop provides an opportunity for therapists to develop self-awareness into the effects of their own underlying schemas & modes in the work setting. There will be a focus on schema domains as presented in the original Schema Therapy model, and the ways in which these are linked both to burnout and resilience. Participants will be encouraged to examine their own underlying unmet emotional needs and schemas, and the way in which these interact with those of their clients, as well as their colleagues and work environments. Participants will learn about those needs that interfere with their own well-being and quality of life, whilst exploring ways o building their Resilient Healthy mode in the context of their own work environment. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice different ways to build regular restorative practices (including breathing techniques, movement, micro-pauses) into their everyday work-life, in order to maintain equilibrium and build resilience. In the workshop a connection is being made between basic needs and bodily sensations, with helpful exercises to integrate these ideas into daily routines. Drawing on the available research on this topic, this workshop will enable participants to reflect on how they can better take care of themselves and build resilience. Whilst this workshop will highlight some important scientific findings, the primary focus will be on giving participants the chance to learn and try out some of our exercises. We aim to focus on our restorative energy in our daily professional and personal life.

Teaching Methods:

Powerpoint, video demonstrations, roleplay, guided meditation/visualisation exercises.

Learning Objectives:

1/ To recognise and monitor the main schemas and modes driving burnout

2/ To learn about factors that build 'Healthy Adult' resilience amongst psychotherapists 3/ To learn about the impact of 'mindsets' in cultivating resilience vs. burnout.

3/ To learn strategies for building 'embodied resilience', including: meditations for embodiment, micro-pauses for self-restoration, breath and body movement work.

Workshop Intended For:

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

́Kaeding, Sougleris, Reid, van Vreeswijk, Hayes, Dorrian, & Simpson, (2017). Professional burnout, early maladaptive schemas, and physical health in clinical and counselling psychology trainees. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(12), 1782-1796.
́Klimecki, et al., (2013). Functional neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. Cerebral Cortex, 23(7), 1552-1561.

́McCormack, et al., (2018). The prevalence and cause(s) of burnout among applied psychologists: A systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1897.
́McGonigal, K. (2015). The upside of stress: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it. London, UK: Vermilion. ́Simionato & Simpson (2018). Personal risk factors associated with burnout among psychotherapists: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(9), 1431-1456.

́Simionato, Simpson, Reid, C. (In Press). Burnout as an ethical issue in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy.
- Simpson, Simionato, Smout, van Vreeswijk, Hayes, Sougleris, & Reid (2018). Burnout amongst clinical and counselling psychologists:

the role of early maladaptive schemas and coping modes as vulnerability factors. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 26(1), 35-46

About the Presenters:

Susan Simpson

Susan Simpson, is a Clinical Psychologist and Schema Therapy trainer/supervisor, with a specialist interest in eating disorders and complex trauma. She has held several clinical and academic positions and is director of Schema Therapy Scotland, providing training and accreditation in schema therapy across Scotland and northern England. She has 20 years of experience working with eating disorders. She currently works with severe and enduring eating disorders at an NHS-inpatient eating disorders unit, and is adjunct lecturer at the University of South Australia. She is co-leading an international research group investigating the effectiveness of group Schema Therapy for eating disorders. She has published several research papers on the schema therapy model applied to arange of clinical populations, and has presented workshops at national and international conferences

Diana Kleijzen

Psychologist, based in theNetherlandsAccredited Advanced Schema Therapistin the Netherlands, applying for supervisorWorking in a private practice in UtrechtTeam member of Secure Nest, an eHealth tool designed specifically for Schema Therapy. Website: https://www.securenest.org/Developing workshops for Burnout, Stress, Schemas in Therapists, together with Susan SimpsonTraction Lead for Secure NestDeveloping workshops for Secure Nest together with Sally Skew

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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