SATURDAY EARLY AFTERNOON SKILL CLASS 1 (S2SC1): 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM
"Maybe I will, Maybe I wont." Working with Motivation, Ambivalence and Resistance in Schema Therapy
by ST Kristy Gilings, and Chris Hayes
This workshop aims to help attendees integrate motivational principles into their practice of schema therapy; for the purpose of overcoming therapeutic impasses, ambivalence about, and resistance to, change. The principles of motivational enhancement will be introduced and guidance given on how they can be incorporated into the implementation of schema therapy techniques and embodied in limited reparenting. The workshop aims to instill an appreciation of the dynamic rather than linear nature of change processes and the potential contribution that therapist schema and mode activation can make in perpetuating resistance.
A combination of teaching methods will be used including:
Changing life patterns, addictive behaviours, relationships and self-destructive behaviour are core elements of schema therapy. Furthermore, schema therapy is generally a long-term treatment where the client’s motivation to engage in change can be a challenge for therapists to harness. To effect change, schema therapists need to be able to accurately detect, assess and enhance motivation and engagement to achieve the best clinical outcomes. The therapeutic relationship and the stance the schema therapist adopts are central to assisting the client in working through ambivalence to a position of commitment. This workshop will particularly appeal to therapists who work with clients whose behaviours that are highly reinforcing (e.g., those with overcompensating or self-soothing/stimulating modes) and who as a consequence find it difficult to maintain behaviour change.
In this workshop, attendees will learn several ways to integrate a motivational approach into schema therapy.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:
-Understand the concepts of motivation, ambivalence and resistance as they relate to behaviour change.
Workshop Intended For:
Relevant Background Readings on Topic:
Denning, P., & Little (2012). Practicing harm reduction psychotherapy: Al alternative approach to addictions. New York: Guilford Press Ekleberry, S. (2009). Integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders: Personality disorders and addiction. New York: Routledge Hayes, C., & van der Wijngaart, R. (2018). Fine tuning chair work in schema therapy. DVD: Storyhorse Productions.
Miller, W., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational interviewing 3rd ed: Helping people change. New York: Guilford Press
About the Presenters:
ST Kirsty Gilings:
Kirsty Gillings, Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Certified Schema Therapist
Chris is a Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Schema Therapist based in Perth, Western Australia. He has had extensive experience in both government and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. Since 2005, he has been practicing as an advanced Schema Therapist, supervisor and trainer having completed certification in Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City (USA) with Dr Jeffery Young. He is the Director of Schema Therapy Training Australia and presented workshops throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia.
He has co-produced 2 DVD/ video releases "Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting" and “Fine Tuning Chair Work in Schema Therapy", both of which are highly recommended (and the 1st of their kind internationally). He has previously served as Secretary of the Board for the International Society of Schema therapy (ISST).
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