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Cluster C Playful Child Mode To Tackle Shame 

by Ruth McCuctheon, Wisette Krol


To provide schema therapists with schema therapy interventions around the playful child mode to deepen the relationship with cluster C clients and tackle their shame

Teaching Methods:

1) Background theory on shame and play
2) Conceptualisation in a Schema Therapy framework using clinical cases 3) Videos
4) Role-play demonstrations
5) Role-play/imagery exercises for the participants
6) Guided silent imagery for the participants
7) Imagery exercises to do in pairs (participants)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will:
understand better the importance of play and joy in the developing child
understand better how cluster C clients are affected by defectiveness and shame related to a lack of joy and play
be able to bring out the happy child mode in various ways to better connect with their cluster C clients to tackle shame have a better understanding of their own playful child mode and how to work with it with regards to their own shame

Workshop Intended For:

Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST training)

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Bettelheim, B. (1987). A good enough parent: A book on child-rearing. New York, NY, US: Alfred A. Knopf.
Lockwood, G., Shaw, I. (2012). Schema therapy and the role of joy and play. In van Vreeswijk, M. J. Broersen, & M. Nadort (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 209-229). Wiley-Blackwell.
Schoenleber, M., & Berenbaum, H. (2010). Shame aversion and shame-proneness in Cluster C personality disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(1), 197-205.

About the Presenters:

Ruth McCuctheon:

coming soon

Wisette Krol:

coming soon

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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