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Round Table Discussion 2 | Day 2: 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM

Corrective Emotional Experiences in Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy 

by Christof Loose, Ida Shaw, Maria Galimzyanova, and Sigrid Geertzema

Chair: Christof Loose


Schema Therapy (ST) can be regarded as an enhancement and development of cognitive behavioral therapy, and integrates emotions and also developmental aspects in particular at the centre of their diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. It is also particularly suited to generating action-guiding, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts, especially in the field of child and adolescent therapy. 

The aim of this round table is to establish and/or to improve a better and profound understanding of how we can support our young patients and their parental caregivers to overcome schemas (parents) and schema dispositions (children/teenagers) by means of emotionally-experienced techniques rather than cognitive interventions. 

We will therefore discuss schema- and mode driven interventions within ST-CA for patients of all ages. In the center of all our considerations will be the issue of how we can learn about, and address the patient’s and their caregiver’s emotional needs behind their functional or dysfunctional coping strategies. Following the concept of “empathic confrontation”, we will especially discuss how to soothe, validate and strengthen the Vulnerable Child mode (VCM), for the child as well as for the parental caregivers.

About the Presenters:

Christof Loose

Christof Loose, PhD, is affiliated with Heinrich Heine University at the Institute of Experimental Psychology in the Department of Clinical Psychology, and has a private practice in Dusseldorf, Germany. He is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer in Individual and Children and Adolescents Schema Therapy. Christof was the chair of the Workgroup for Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents (ST-CA) for several years, and is the editor and author of several ST-CA books and videos (DVDs) in Germany. He conducts workshops and seminars in ST-CA worldwide.

Ida Shaw

Ida Shaw, M.A. is the Training Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, IUPUI. She is a member of the Training and Certification Advisory Board of ISST and Chair of the Child-Adolescent Certification Committee. Ida is the main clinical supervisor of the international BPD trial of group schema therapy, providing training and supervision for all trial therapists. She supervises the practice component of additional research projects on Avoidant personality disorder, dissociative disorders, complex trauma and child-adolescent treatment.

Maria Galimzyanova

Maria Galimzyanova is an Advanced Schema Therapist and Trainer Supervisor in Individual, Group, and Child-Adolescent Schema therapy. Being an expert and an author in the area of Child-Adolescent ST, she has developed the Group model for Children and Adolescents, consistent with the GST concept by J.Farrell and I.Shaw and C-A ST approach by Christof Loose. As a professor of St. Petersburg University she lectures on schema therapy both nationally and internationally to students and professionals. Her extensive private practice is primarily focused on treating children and their parents.

Sigrid Geertzema

Sigrid Geertzema is a healthcare psychologist, senior schematherapist in de Dutch Schema Therapy Register and almost registered as CBT Supervisor (VGCt) and EMDR practioner.  She works at De Viersprong Amsterdam as a schematherapist for the last 4.5 years. The first years being a group therapist for BPD in the Farrell&Shaw programs. The last years in a pilot for GST with adolescents. She is doing group and individual schematherapy and also a lot of family therapy with the adolescents. She has a private practice for CBT and EMDR in Amsterdam. She worked with the same group of collegues as Maria and also worked for several years in the forensic field (in- and out-patient) and at G-kracht. She also is a Schema Therapy Trainer.

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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