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Workshop 11: Saturday Early Afternoon and Saturday Late Afternoon (S2W11 & S3W11) - 180 Minutes

Mastering the Inner Skills of Schema Therapy: Don’t be Nice, be REAL Part 1 & 2

by Wendy Behary & Joan Farrell


This workshop combines Self-Practice Self-Reflection with new Schema Therapy Deliberate Practice exercises to support therapists building both intervention mastery and their authentic personal style. We will focus on interventions and practice which facilitate mastering the therapist’s “real persona skills” within schema therapy: being present and genuine, being aware of one’s own schema and mode triggering and expressing the internal Good Parent part of the Healthy Adult schema mode. Exercises that facilitate therapist self-care are included.  The workshop will employ PowerPoint, demonstration, and role-play practice. It is designed to be theoretical, practical, and experiential.

Learning Objectives:

1. Be able to recognize therapist schema and mode triggering that interferes with connection and attunement

2. Learn how to enhance your genuine in session presence in the role of a Good Parent

3. Learn how to utilize the ST Deliberate Practice model to achieve greater mastery of interventions

4. Developing a posture that allows for therapist intention to match impact on client experience.

Target Audience:

Schema Therapists at all levels of experience. This workshop offers practical professional benefit for schema therapists as well as providing opportunities for personal growth and increased self-awareness.

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside-Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for therapists. J. Farrell & I. Shaw, Guilford Press, 2018

The Deliberate Practice of Schema Therapy. W. Behary, J. Farrell, T. Rousmaniere and Alexander Vaz, APA Press, 2022

Mastering the Inner Skills of Psychotherapy: A Deliberate Practice Manual, T. Rousmaniere, Gold Lantern Books, 2019

About the Presenters:

Wendy Behary, LCSW

With 25+ years of professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York (until the Institutes merged in 2012), where she trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. She is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck’s Institute).  Wendy served as the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014 and served as the Training and Certification Coordinator for the ISST Executive Board from 2008-2010. She is currently the chair of the Schema Therapy Development Programs Sub-Committee for the ISST.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of an international bestselling book, "Disarming the Narcissist...”  translated in 15 languages. The Third Edition was released on October 1, 2021.  Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people. She receives consistent high praise for her clear and articulate teaching style and her ability to bring the therapy to life through dramatic demonstrations of client interactions in the treatment room.

Her work industry business speaking engagements focus on interpersonal conflict resolution. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems.

Joan Farrell, Ph.D.

Joan is a licensed clinical psychologist and an advanced level Schema Therapist and Trainer/Supervisor. She co-directs the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest-Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Center specializes in Group Schema therapy. Joan is an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Psychology at Purdue University (IUPUI) and was clinical faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) for 25 years. She is Research and Training director of the IUSM/Eskenazi Community Mental Health Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment & Research. She was the elected Executive Board Member, Coordinator for Training & Certification of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST) 2012-2018 and currently chairs the ISST Training Program and Trainer Development Committee. She has written three books with Ida Shaw on ST and published a DVD series Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Wendy & Joan collaborated on the Schema Therapy volume in the American Psychological Association Press Series on Deliberate Practice to be published in 2022.

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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