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The Schema Therapy Bulletin

The Official Publication of the 

International Society of Schema Therapy


In 2006, Stockholm hosted the 1st International Society of SchemaTherapy Conference. Approximately 56 people attended the event which​ established the inner workings of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). The exponential growth in both interest and application of the Schema Therapy model, demonstrated by the attendance of 1150 clinicians, researchers, trainers and students from 49 countries at​ INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam​, is ​astounding​ and gratifying​. 

The ​conference theme “Corrective Emotional Experiences: How Schema Therapy Transforms Lives,” was ​well met with enthusiasm by those who were fortunate enough to attend. To those who ​practice schema therapy in geographically isolated regions, from regions where there is less exposure to the schema model, or in workplaces where other treatment modalities are dominant, the event itself was a corrective emotional experience. It ​provided an opportunity to meet others with similar therapeutic views, to share ideas collaboratively and to feel connected to a group of like-minded individuals; ​confirming that ​you ​are not the only practitioner of Schema Therapy!

For many ISST members​,​ ​the cost of ​attending such events can be prohibitive​ due to limitations in time and financial resources​. For those members who were unable to attend the Amsterdam conference, we hope in the coming editions of the Schema Therapy Bulletin to bring you contributions and presentations from the event. Furthermore, in the coming months the Schema Therapy Webinar Series will be made available, featuring 90 minute specialist schema therapy webinars (many of which presented in Amsterdam and other ISST events). 

While many of our members were preparing their presentations of the Amsterdam conference, others took the time to write articles sharing new and interesting approaches to Schema Therapy. In ​the current issue, Scott Kellogg (USA) discusses the application of chair-work​ in schema therapy and describes a framework for understanding and​organizing mode dialogues​, and ​offers ​a variety of chair work opportunities​. Rachel Samson (Australia) discusses the use of Schema Therapy within a family based approach  exploring a case study of an adolescent and her family the exploring effect of temperament and attachment in the treatment. Finally, Erin Bulluss (A​u​stralia) describes the use of Schema Therapy with those with Autistic Spectrum diagnoses, describing ​ways to work with the​ Schema Therapy model to accommodate​ the ​neurodevelopment aspects of the condition.

We continue to call for contributions for upcoming issues of the Schema Therapy Bulletin. If you have an article or want to propose a contribution please make contact.


Lissa Parsonnet (USA) &
Chris Hayes (Australia)


In This Issue

Transformational Chairwork: The Four Dialogue Matrix
Scott Kellogg, PhD
New York City, USA

When a Duck is Raising a Swan: Temperament and Attachment in Schema Therapy with Families
Rachel Samson 
Clinical Psychologist, Adelaide Australia

Schema Therapy and the Autism Spectrum: The importance of modifying the Schema Therapy conceptual framework to counter neuro-normative assumptions when working with neurodiverse populations
Erin K. Bulluss, PhD
Clinical Psychologist 
Adelaide,  Australia

ISST News

Recent Schema Research /Books/ Resources 

Arntz, A. (2018). Schema therapy. Science and Practice in Cognitive Therapy: Foundations, Mechanisms, and Applications, 65. 

Bach, B., & Farrell, J. M. (2018). Schemas and modes in borderline personality disorder: The mistrustful, shameful, angry, impulsive, and unhappy child. Psychiatry research, 259, 323-329.

Basile, B., Tenore, K., & Mancini, F. (2018). Investigating schema therapy constructs in individuals with depression. J Psychol Clin Psychiatry, 9(2), 214-221.

Calvert, F., Smith, E., Brockman, R., & Simpson, S. (2018). Group schema therapy for eating disorders: study protocol. Journal of eating disorders, 6(1), 1.

Hayes, C. & van der Wijngaart, R. (2018). Fine Tuning Chair work in Schema Therapy DVD www.schematherapytraining.com

Oshima, F., Shaw, I., Ohtani, T., Iwasa, K., Nishinaka, H., Nakagawa, A., & Shimizu, E. (2018). Individual Schema Therapy for high-functioning autism spectrum disorder with comorbid psychiatric conditions in Young Adults: Results of a Naturalistic Multiple Case Study. Journal of Brain Science, 48, 43-69.

Roediger, E., Stevens, B. A., & Brockman, R. (2018). Contextual Schema Therapy: An Integrative Approach to Personality Disorders, Emotional Dysregulation, and Interpersonal Functioning. New Harbinger Publications.

Simpson, S. G., Pietrabissa, G., Rossi, A., Seychell, T., Manzoni, G. M., Munro, C., ... & Castelnuovo, G. (2018). Factorial Structure and Preliminary Validation of the Schema Mode Inventory for Eating Disorders (SMI-ED). Frontiers in psychology, 9.

van der Wijngaart, R. Schema Therapy - Step by Step (Video Production). www.schematherapy.nl 

van Wijk-Herbrink, M. F., Roelofs, J., Broers, N. J., Rijkeboer, M. M., Arntz, A., & Bernstein, D. P. (2018). Validation of Schema Coping Inventory and Schema Mode Inventory in Adolescents. Journal of Personality Disorders, 32.

Upcoming ISST events

Edinburgh May 1-3, 2019 
Schema Therapy ENLIGHT 2019 Biannual Symposium (formerly Summer School)

Copenhagen 2020
Schema Therapy INSPIRE 2020 Conference (Dates to be Confirmed)

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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