WORKSHOP 3 | DAY 1: 2.30 PM - 6.00 PM
Circumventing the Overcontroller: Working with Schema Modes in Eating Disorders
by Susan Simpson
This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to consider the role of schema modes linked to eating disorders, and to practice powerful experiential techniques for working with this population. The workshop will help participants to conceptualise eating disorders using the schema mode model, and to link eating disordered thoughts/behaviours with key modes. In particular, the role of the Overcontroller modes will be explored in driving eating disorders, with an emphasis on recognizing and circumventing this mode through cognitive and experiential techniques. A combination of dyadic and dydactic teaching methods will be used, with an emphasis on demonstrations and practice role-plays.
Participants will gain practical experience & guidance in the use of empathic confrontation and chair work, to bypass the Overcontroller mode, and facilitate connection with the ‘banished’ Vulnerable Child mode. There will also be an opportunity to practice imagery rescripting in order to emotionally process the childhood messages and memories that link self-worth with eating/weight/shape.
This workshop is intended for:
Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST Training)
About the Presenter:
Susan Simpson is a Clinical Psychologist with advanced accreditation in individual and group schema therapy. Susan leads the only ISST-accredited Schema Therapy training program in Scotland (www.schematherapyscotland.com) and regularly runs Schema Therapy workshops in the UK and Australia. She has specialised in the treatment of complex trauma and eating disorders over the past 20 years.
Susan currently works in an inpatient eating disorders unit for NHS Scotland, and is in part-time private practice. She has published research on group and individual Schema Therapy for complex eating disorders, and is part of an international research group which is currently carrying out preliminary investigations into the effectiveness of group Schema Therapy for eating disorders and Schema Therapy for severe Anorexia Nervosa. Susan has published several research papers on the schema therapy model applied to a range of clinical populations, and has presented her findings at national and international conferences. For a list of research publications, see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susan_Simpson/contributions
Susan has been researching and expanding the Schema Therapy model for eating disorders over the past 20 years. Her research includes studies on the role of schema modes in the development of eating pathology, and the effectiveness of group Schema Therapy for eating disorders.
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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.