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SKILL CLASS 12 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM

Getting Micro with Schema Therapy: Fine Tuning Re-Parenting and Schema Attachment Skills

by Chris Hayes and Robert Brockman


Are you looking for ways to provide understanding and connection to your clients resulting in strong limited reparenting? As schema therapists we are encouraged to have an “Excellent ability to understand and empathize” and understand the patient’s “internal reality” (Schema Therapy Competency Scale).

Attunement is seen as an essential skill of schema therapy practice, however how do we get better? Frequently it is seen as a pre-existing skill that therapists “have already” with little guidance in how to improve.  

  • Assist attendees how attunement is linked to attachment
  • Help attendees develop a framework in gaining better attunement
  • Look at therapist own schemas and how this may block effective attuement and understanding
  • Looking at identifying what clients need in limited reparenting and identifying specific therapist sentiments that are attuned to needs

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 


About the Presenters:

Chris Hayes

Chris has had extensive experience in both government and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He completed advanced certification in schema therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City (USA), and was trained directly by Dr Jeffery Young. Chris is an advanced Schema Therapist, supervisor and trainer, and has completed advanced level training in Schema Therapy including Group Schema Therapy; chair-work; "shorter term" Schema Therapy; and couples schema work. In addition, he has presented workshops in the Austria, UK, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. 

Chris now shares his time working as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, at both public and private settings. He is currently employed with the Health Department of Western Australia as a Senior Clinical Psychologist (within a specialist service working with those who have experienced recent or childhood trauma). Since 2014, Chris has been serving as Secretary of the Board for the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

Robert Brockman

Robert has extensive experience teaching and supervising on clinical psychology masters programs in Sydney since 2010. His clinical experience is drawn from both public (e.g. Hospitals, community mental health) and private health sector positions (e.g. private practice) in Sydney. Robert currently holds a research fellowship with Australian Catholic University (ACU) where he researches psychological approaches to well-being. He has a major clinical and research interest in formulation and intervention with complex presentations that prove difficult to treat via standard evidence-based protocols. He is currently engaged in clinical research focusing on extending the schema model into novel populations (e.g. GAD, Eating Disorders, HIV Sufferers, Problem Gamblers, Forensic Patients, and Psychosis).

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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