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SKILL CLASS 2 | DAY 1: 2.30 PM - 4.00 PM

From Ghosts to Angels in the Nursery: Intergenerational Life Transformations Through Parent Training

by John Louis, Rachel Samson, and George Lockwood

We will present a comprehensive, depth-oriented approach to parent training that is designed to help parents learn to develop early positive schemas in their children and minimize the development of early maladaptive schemas. This requires helping parents identify and minimize negative parenting patterns and developing the capacity for the positive parenting patterns required to raise securely attached, healthy, happy, well-adjusted children. These children, in turn, can develop early positive schemas and secure attachments in their children, which is the ultimate long-term life transformation project. Weekend workshop, a 20 session class and longer term more intensive forms of the program will be presented that are suitable for parents of infants, young children, adolescents and young adults. Detailed case examples, video and film based examples of themes, concepts and interventions will be provided. There will be opportunities for discussion and role plays.

This Skill Class is intended for: 


About the Presenters:

John Louis

John Louis, PhD (candidate) is certified at an advanced international level in schema therapy. He is the developer of a parenting program, “Good Enough Parenting” which is taught world-wide. This program has been accredited under Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development. He is based in Singapore and oversees charity work and programs in South East Asia. He has a Masters in Counseling from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. John teaches marriage and parenting workshops all over the world. 

Rachel Samson

Rachel Samson is co-director of the Centre for Schema Therapy Australia and has Advanced International Certification in Individual and Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy. In her private practice, Rachel's work focuses on developing and enhancing secure attachment in individuals, couples, and families with complex needs. Rachel is undertaking her PhD exploring the influence of temperament on the relationship between attachment security and parenting behaviour at the University of Adelaide. She is trained in attachment-focused interventions and held a senior psychologist position with the Government of South Australia, Specialist Child and Youth Service where she provided home-based intensive family intervention for children with very complex needs. Rachel has delivered invited seminars and workshops, published research, and presented at national and international conferences, including previous ISST conferences in Instanbul and Vienna. She provides ongoing training and supervision for Schema Therapy certification and professionals working with children and families. Rachel has been awarded by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for excellence in psychology. She has been a practitioner of Mindfulness and Zen Buddhism for over a decade and has spent time at Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre in France training under Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 

George Lockwood

George Lockwood is the Director of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest, Kalamazoo and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy under the supervision of Aaron T. Beck in 1982, and has training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and object-relations approaches. He has Advanced International Certification in Schema Therapy, served on the executive board of the International Society of Schema Therapy for 8 years, has written a number of influential articles and chapters on cognitive and Schema Therapy. Dr. Lockwood has also been a central contributor in the development of two new schema therapy inventories, “The Positive Parenting Schema Inventory and the “Young Positive Schema Questionnaire” and has maintained a private practice for the past 34 years; the past 23 of which has included work with individuals, couples and families with a special interest in extremely challenging cases. Dr. Lockwood is been giving invited workshops on schema therapy throughout the U.S. over the past 20 years and has given workshops at ISST conferences in Portugal, Berlin, New York City, Istanbul and Vienna. He consistently receives outstanding evaluations. 

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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