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WORKSHOP 11 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 5.45 PM

Sweeping Life Transformations: The Further Reaches of Schema Therapy

by George Lockwood, Rachel Sampson, and Jeffrey Young


Help intermediate and advanced Schema Therapists identify and develop the therapeutic capacities, strategies, and conceptual framework, and to work more effectively and in greater depth with more challenging patients and the ability to identify less challenging patients whose treatment will be optimized by using this enriched and expanded limited reparenting framework; a framework that involves being significantly more real, flexible and responsive than “standard" limited reparenting.

We will discuss our work with our most wounded and our “impossible” patients, the remarkable breakthroughs and sweeping changes that can occur in their lives and what they continue to teach us about life, love and the nature of therapy. These breakthroughs have been the result of a significantly expanded and more flexible framework for limited reparenting; a framework that involves a deeper, fuller and richer experience of the therapeutic process for both patient and therapist. Case examples demonstrating how this new framework emerged and how it compares to “standard reparenting” will be presented and discussed. The expanded framework includes, among other things, being significantly more real, attuned, open, playful, responsive and nurturing and working from the heart as much as the head. The expansion also includes integrating work with individuals, couples, families and extended families and the use of limited parenting (as opposed to reparenting) for direct early intervention. The associated conceptual framework includes an integration of schema therapy theory with research findings on attachment, attachment theory and temperament and the powerful role of the latter in fueling transformations with, for example, more sensitive and higher needs patients having the capacity for an exceptionally secure attachment that can lead to exceptional capacities. This also includes an integration of the findings from emerging research on early adaptive schemas and positive parenting schemas and what this tells us about our greatest sources of leverage. We will outline and discuss how and why “standard limited reparenting” has not worked with these patients, the core characteristics these patients present with which we have found to be signs of the potential for exceptional change and the core capacities that are required on the therapists part to conduct the intensive and enriched limited reparenting that allows for these breakthroughs. We will also outline the characteristics of patients, while not as severely wounded or as highly challenging, who’s treatment is significantly catalyzed by this more optimized, as contrasted to “good enough”, version of reparenting. The use of two new tools to facilitate this process, the Young Positive Schema Questionnaire and the Positive Parenting Schema Inventory, will be discussed. Video taped examples will be provided.

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About the Presenters:

George Lockwood

George Lockwood is the Director of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest, Kalamazoo and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy under the supervision of Aaron T. Beck in 1982, and has training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and object-relations approaches. He has Advanced International Certification in Schema Therapy, served on the executive board of the International Society of Schema Therapy for 8 years, has written a number of influential articles and chapters on cognitive and Schema Therapy. Dr. Lockwood has also been a central contributor in the development of two new schema therapy inventories, “The Positive Parenting Schema Inventory and the “Young Positive Schema Questionnaire” and has maintained a private practice for the past 34 years; the past 23 of which has included work with individuals, couples and families with a special interest in extremely challenging cases. Dr. Lockwood is been giving invited workshops on schema therapy throughout the U.S. over the past 20 years and has given workshops at ISST conferences in Portugal, Berlin, New York City, Istanbul and Vienna. He consistently receives outstanding evaluations.

Rachel Samson

Rachel Samson is co-director of the Centre for Schema Therapy Australia and has Advanced International Certification in Individual and Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy. In her private practice, Rachel's work focuses on developing and enhancing secure attachment in individuals, couples, and families with complex needs. Rachel is undertaking her PhD exploring the influence of temperament on the relationship between attachment security and parenting behaviour at the University of Adelaide. She is trained in attachment-focused interventions and held a senior psychologist position with the Government of South Australia, Specialist Child and Youth Service where she provided home-based intensive family intervention for children with very complex needs. Rachel has delivered invited seminars and workshops, published research, and presented at national and international conferences, including previous ISST conferences in Instanbul and Vienna. She provides ongoing training and supervision for Schema Therapy certification and professionals working with children and families. Rachel has been awarded by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for excellence in psychology. She has been a practitioner of Mindfulness and Zen Buddhism for over a decade and has spent time at Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre in France training under Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Jeff Young

Jeffrey Young is the Founder of Schema Therapy, is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and is co-founder of the International Society for Schema Therapy. He has lead workshops for over 24 years throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South America. He consistently receives outstanding evaluations internationally for his teaching skills, including the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award. Dr. Young has presented workshops and lectures for thousands of mental health professionals, resulting in strong demand for further in-depth training and supervision in schema therapy. He has co-authored two best-selling books with Janet Klosko: “Schema Therapy: A Practioner’s Guide” for mental health professionals, and “Reinventing Your Life”, a self-help book for clients and the general public. Both have been translated in to many languages. 

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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