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MAY 28-30, 2020 / WORLDWIDE



Day 3: Coping with Chaos: Schemas and Modes During the COVID-19 Crisis

5.45 - 6.15 pm

Central European Time

Presented by Alp Karaosmanoglu


Plague and other disasters are strong threats to the very basic need of human beings: survival. The most basic needs may be unmet at these conditions. And lackness of food, water, clothing and shelter is not the only threat at these kind of catastrophes. The chaotic feature of the deprivation also triggers another kind of schemas and coping behaviors. This is the point that sophisticated and socialised abilities of Healthy Adult mode is bypassed and more basic defense mechanisms are activated. 


The sense of chaotic or unfair feature of the deprivation varies according to the individual’s ability of perceiving the justice. If this ability is broken with a strong Mistrust schema, then it is likely that these individuals are ready to activate these aggressive coping mechanisms even there is no chaotic situation around. Some examples of these acts that are observed during the plague are despoliation, excessive stacking, manipulation to be at privileged and advantageous positions to be cured or examined.


In this online workshop the coping mechanisms and their relation with the level and the fairness of the deprivation will be discussed. Especially, narcissistic and psychopathic defenses and their functions in chaotic and non-chaotic environments will be shown.

About the Presenters:                   

Alp Karaosmanoglu:

Founder of PsikoNET Publishing and Training Center.

ISST certified advanced level schema therapist and trainer.

He works a a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist in Istanbul.

In 2006 he organized a symposium in Istanbul with Jeffrey Young which contributed a lot for this therapy technique te get well- known in Turkey. 

He is also the owner of PsikoNET Publications which publishes many international best selling books in Turkish about schema therapy. PsikoNET organized the ISST Conference held in Istanbul, in June 2014 which brought recognized names of the field together.

Dr. Alp Karaosmanoğlu is also the writer of the books 

- Relationships: Starting, Maintenance Ending";

- Something Bad Will Happen: Fear and Conscience" (a book on Justice and Fairness and their effect on anxiety);

- I Want It All, I Want It Now; A New Approach for Entitlement And Impulsiveness 

He continues certification programs in Turkey and abroad. 



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