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Proposal to confer the status of Honorary Member of the ISST on Joan Farrell

Although the ISST statutes allow Honorary Members to be put forward by the Executive Board for ratification by the GMA, so far this honour has never been conferred on any of our members. Although, at the upcoming GMA, the Executive Board is proposing to make some changes to the wording of the Statutes (including the renaming of this appointment as “Honorary Life Member”) we wish to point out that we have not created this category in order to extend this honour to Joan.  It was already there. Furthermore, although Joan herself has been a member of the current Executive Board, the proposal to confer the status of Honorary member on Joan was not made on the basis of any initiative on her part.  When, earlier this year, Joan indicated that she was considering not standing for an Executive Board position again, the Treasurer, Eckhard Roediger spontaneously suggested this to the President, David Edwards who agreed that this would be a very appropriate step.  In due course this was put to the Board as a whole at a meeting at which Joan herself was not present.  Members can read the summary of her contributions below and will, I believe see clearly that the proposal to extend Honorary Membership status to Joan Farrell is an appropriate recognition of her significant contributions to schema therapy and the ISST.


Joan Farrell was awarded her PhD in 1978 from Wayne State University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Research Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at IUPUI and was on the Clinical Psychology faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine for 25 years. In that position, she developed and directed an inpatient Schema Therapy program for Borderline Personality Disorder at the University-affiliated hospital.

Joan has worked with Ida Shaw since the 1980s and together they developed a group model of schema therapy (GST), which integrates experiential interventions and harnesses the therapeutic factors of groups.  They co-direct the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest – Indianapolis where they offer ISST Certification programs in Individual, Group and Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy, and they regularly travel locally and internationally to provide training in GST, as well as other aspects of schema therapy, including self-practice/self-reflection workshops.

Joan has conducted important research that has substantially added to the stature of schema therapy as an evidence-based treatment. In 2009, Joan and Ida published an important randomized control trial showing the efficacy of GST, a study for which Joan was principal investigator and which was funded by a National Institute of Mental Health grant.  Currently, she is involved in several other research trials, most prominent of which is a large scale international trial of GST for BPD across 14 sites in five countries, on which, with Arnoud Arntz, Joan is a co-principal investigator.

For the ISST, Joan has served on the Scientific & Research Committee from 2008 to 2014, on the  Current Concerns and Conflicts Committee from 2010-2012, and has been on the Executive Board as Coordinator for Training  and certification since 2012 (four two-year terms).  She has played an important role in organizing the workshop content of our summer schools and conferences during that time. Since 2009, she has, herself regularly presented workshops at ISST events – summer schools and conferences – and was a keynote speaker, with Ida Shaw at the recent Amsterdam conference.

Joan’s publications attest to the clinical and scientific significance of her academic contributions. Here they are listed in the order in which they appeared:

Farrell, J. M., & Shaw, I. A. (1994). Emotional awareness training: A prerequisite to effective cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 1(1), 72-92.

Farrell, J. M., Shaw, I. A., & Webber, M. A. (2009). A schema-focused approach to group psychotherapy for outpatients with borderline personality disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 40(2), 317-328. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2009.01.002

Farrell, J. M., & Shaw, I. A. (2010). Schema therapy groups for borderline personality disorder patients: The best of both worlds of group psychotherapy. In E. Roediger, & G. Jacobs (Eds.), Fortschritte der schematherapie (Advances in schema therapy) (pp. 235-258). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Zanarini, M. C., Stanley, B., Black, D. W., Markowitz, J. C., Goodman, M., Pilkonis, P., … Farrell, J., …  Sanislow, C. (2010). Methodological considerations for treatment trials for persons with borderline personality disorder. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 22(2), 75-83.

Farrell, J. M., & Shaw, I. A. (2012). Group schema therapy for borderline personality disorder: A step-by-step treatment manual and patient workbook. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Farrell, J. (2012). Introduction to group schema therapy. In M. van Vreeswijk, J. Broerson & M. Nadort (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory, research and practice (pp. 337-340). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Farrell, J. M., Shaw, I. A., & Reiss, N. (2012). Group Schema Therapy: Catalyzing schema and mode change. In M. van Vreeswijk, J. Broerson & M. Nadort (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory, research and practice (pp. 341-358). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Farrell, J. M., Reiss, N., & Shaw, I. A. (2014). The schema therapy clinician's guide. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wetzelaer, P., Farrell, J., Evers, S. M. A. A., Jacob, G. A., Lee, C. W., Brand, O., . . . Arntz, A. (2014). Design of an international multicentre RCT on group schema therapy for borderline personality disorder. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), 319. doi:10.1186/s12888-014-0319-3

Reiss, N., Lieb, K., Arntz, A., Shaw, I. A., & Farrell, J. M. (2014). Responding to the treatment challenge of patients with severe BPD: Results of three pilot studies of inpatient schema therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42, 355-367.

Fassbinder, E., Schuetze,M, Wedemeyer, N., Marten, E. Kranich, A., Sipos,V., Hohagen, F., Shaw, I., Farrell, J., Jacob, G., Arntz, A. and Schweiger, U. (2016) Feasibility of group schema therapy for outpatients with severe borderline personality disorder in Germany: A pilot study with three year follow-up. Frontiers in Psychology, 7.

Roelofs, J, Muris, P. van Wesemael, D, Broers, MJ, Shaw, I. and Farrell, JM. (2016) Group-schematherapy for adolescents: Results from a naturalistic multiple case study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25 (7), 2246-2257.

Farrell, J. M., & Shaw, I. A. (2018). Experiencing schema therapy from the inside out: A self-practice/self-reflection workbook for therapists. New York: Guilford.

Younan, R., Farrell, J. M., & May, T. (2018). ‘Teaching me to parent myself’: The feasibility of an in-patient group schema therapy programme for complex trauma. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46(4), 463-478. doi:10.1017/S1352465817000698

Bastick, E., Bot, S., Verlagen, S. Zarbock, G., Farrell, J, Brand, O. Arntz, A., Lee, C. (2018) The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Group Schema Therapy Rating Scale-Revised. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, published online https://doi.org/10.1017/S1352465817000741

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

It is a pleasure, therefore to recommend to the GMA that Joan Farrell be awarded Honorary Membership of the ISST.

David Edwards (President) on behalf of the Executive Board 15th August 2018

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