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SKILL CLASS 15 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM

Inner House: A Diagnostic and Corrective Emotional Exercise 

by Christof Loose

 

The Inner House approach integrates mode and schema work using three levels or floors.The mode level is the top floor of the Inner House. It represents conscious experiencing and behavior in the here-and-now. 

The main modes are represented here by symbols (e.g., finger puppets, mode cards). The next level is the experience level. In this space under the mode level, typical experiences from the past can be restaged. Here figures stand for people who were present in the original scene (e.g., mother, father, siblings, peers, teacher). The goal of the experience level is to provide biographical context to modes. 

To understand how the restaged experience is connected to a specific mode, it is helpful to create the third level.  On this lowest level, the therapist can "re-play" a new ending to the story (instead of "re-writing"). This enables the patient to feel the difference, creating an emotionally corrective and interactive, playfully-induced experience. The contrast between the historical experience and what the patient deserved allows them to understand the roots of maladaptive schemas emotionally, and also to disempower the dysfunctional coping modes that perpetuates them.

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 

Intermediate (Participants have had at least basic Schema Therapy Training)

About the Presenter:

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.

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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