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10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

A Deeper Look At Cultural Vulnerability 

Life Areas, Values & Meta Needs

by Poul Perris


What is the meaning with all this, where do I go from here?

Youngs schema theory is a developmental model addressing the life span interactional dynamics of bio- psycho- sociocultural vulnerability on the basis of core emotional needs. Psychological vulnerability is conceptualized within the model as maladaptive schemas, coping styles and modes. Biological vulnerability is addressed as innate temperamental factors, and social vulnerability is addressed as the quality of core needs within intimate relationships. Cultural vulnerability is tied to our moral development and sense of meaning and is influenced by the set of norms, values and attitudes in our various life areas.

This presentation will take a deeper look at cultural vulnerability and outline its impact on moral development and our quest for meaning and how it can be assessed and clinically addressed in Schema Therapy.

About the Presenter:

Poul Perris 

Poul Perris, MD, is the Director of the Swedish Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Schema Therapy. He is trained in both individual and couples therapy. Poul is a certified in both Individual and Couples Therapy as a Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. He has served on the Schema Couples Therapy Committee since 2014.

​Poul is the Founding President of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), and served on the ISST Executive Board from 2008 to 2010. He also served as President of the Swedish Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (SACBT), from 2010 to 2016. Poul has trained therapists nationally and internationally for over 10 years, and is the co-author of "Schematerapi en clinkers handbook & terapiberattelse," currently available in Swedish. 

    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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