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The Schema Therapy Bulletin

The Official Publication of the 

International Society of Schema Therapy


Mission Statement 

The ISST Special Interest Group (SIG) on Trauma is a group of Schema Therapy clinicians who are interested in sharing our experience of working with traumatized patients within the schema therapy framework. Our interests cover any clinical presentations where unresolved traumatic experiences play a role.  This includes Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, whether arising from a single adult traumatic event, or repeated traumas in childhood.  We are particularly interested in complex trauma where early traumatic events set up patterns of schemas and coping that may present as personality disorders (especially borderline personality), eating disorders, treatment resistant depression and panic disorder and dissociative disorders including Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

We are interested in broadening our understanding and seeing how case conceptualization with the schema therapy model can sharpen the focus of our therapy work.  Our participants have experience and expertise in several current treatment models used for working with trauma (e.g., various CBT models such as Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR, and approaches to working with severe dissociative states).  One of our interests is in how specific approaches or techniques can be integrated within the broader framework of Schema Therapy case conceptualization. In this way, we may also contribute to research by developing and clarifying concepts within the schema therapy approach and identifying some needed research areas in the trauma field.

Join us! You don’t have to be an expert in trauma to join the SIG and attend the online forum.  You will be part of a warm, friendly, active group of ISST colleagues who have different levels of expertise in the trauma field.  We are fortunate to have our new president, Professor Dave Edwards, as an active member as well as Dr. Arnoud Arntz as our consultant.   Several other members are leaders in the field and have presented workshops at Schema Therapy conferences.

Our meetings started in June 2016 and take place once a month (i.e., usually the second Monday of each month) at 8 AM US Eastern Time. They one hour and we use the Go to Meeting online platform. You will be sent a link to log in to our meetings using your computer, iPads , smart phones, or a telephone line. 

During our meetings we usually have one of us present a trauma related paper which is a trigger for questions and discussion. Following the spirit of Schema Therapy, forum participants are encouraged to be polite, friendly and respectful with each other as we are sharing both what we know but also what we do not know and would like to learn. We need to take good care of our “Little Children” who may sometimes feel insecure, overwhelmed and lost when working with certain patients.  Our group will offer a safe atmosphere in which you will improve your knowledge of trauma work and feel inspired and motivated to apply what you learn to your own patients.


1)Discussion of Dr. Arntz’s excellent trauma paper: Imagery Rescripting for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (in Working with Emotion in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Edited by Thoma and McKay). As mentioned earlier, Dr. Arntz has accepted to be our consultant and has answered some group’s questions about his paper. 

2) Dr. Edwards’ presentation of his thourough paper about Integrative Treatment forTrauma:  “Responsive Integrative Treatment of Clients with PTSD and Trauma-Related Disorders: An Expanded Evidence-Based Model”  Group discussion and a Q and A followed his thought inspiring presentation

3) Dr. Patricia Escudero Rotman interviewed Dr. Edwards about some topics raised in his trauma paper. This meeting included group discussion

4) Dr. Mary Giuffra shared with our group Peter Levine’s Somatic Therapy model. Discussion and a Q and A regarding the model and its integration with Schema Therapy followed the presentation

Future Meetings of the Trauma Forum will include these topics among others: 

1) How to integrate the Somatic Therapy model to Schema Therapy. Many group members believe we should include more “body based interventions”in our ST model 

2) Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder

3) EMDR and its possible integrations with our Schema Therapy model 

We are open to more suggestions about possible topics from our existing and future SIG members. Many group members are also available and interested in offering online and site therapy, online supervision, and trauma therapy training. They can be contacted through their emails (please see ISST website).

If you are interested in joining this SIG please contact the chairperson, Patricia Escudero Rotman at EMAIL 

We look forward to hearing from you!



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