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Workshop 7: Friday Early Afternoon and Friday Late Afternoon (F2W7 & F3W7) - 180 Minutes

Imagery Rescripting in Group Schema Therapy Part 1 & 2

by Joan Farrell, Rita Younan, & Erland Aschehoug


ImRS is an important intervention in GST. Its implementation in a group, however, is more challenging than with an individual. Issues like safety and connection within the group must be strengthened and maintained. Group members must be included in the rescripting to meet the requirement of GST that the intervention is not just individual ST while a group watches.

In this workshop GST Trainer-Supervisors will demonstrate some of the adaptations of ImRS for use in GST including – ImRS for the group as a whole and Trauma rescripting in GST and working with a therapist’s memory to model the process and engage the group. Demonstrations will be followed by role-play practice with trainer feedback. The ratio of trainers to participants will be 1 to 10 so that each practicing group will have a dedicated trainer.

This workshop is intended for participants who have completed at least the 3 days of Introduction to GST. It will count as 3 hours of Continuing Education in Group ST to be used to partially meet the CE requirements of GST or Individual ST Certification.

About the Presenters:

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.

Rita Younan, Ph.D

Rita is the director and founder of the Schema Therapy Institute Australia. Rita is a clinical psychologist and Advanced Schema Therapist in both individual and group Schema Therapy. Rita is a member of the Executive Board for the International Society of Schema Therapy and holds the position of Training Co-ordinator. Rita provides consultation in implementing both individual and group Schema Therapy in organisations including Forensic Settings. She has recently trained in David Bernstein's Safe Path in applying Schema Therapy to teams who work from a Schema Therapy framework. Rita has a strong interest in attachment, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma and she is currently involved in a number of research projects looking into the effectiveness of schema therapy across various settings.

Erland Aschehoug, Ph.D

Erlend Aschehoug is a clinical psychologist, Cognitive Behavior Therapist Supervisor and a Trainer/Supervisor in individual and group ST. He is a teacher of Mind – Body Medicine and a teacher in different Mindfulness based approaches (MBSR, MBCT and MBCL). Erlend Aschehoug has been doing GST for the past 5 years in close collaboration with Ida Shaw and Dr. Joan Farrell. As a private practitioner with a mixed population, he has added some creative interventions to GST. He has integrated relaxation techniques, Mindfulness and compassion focused interventions with Schema Therapy. He has a private practice in Kongsvinger, Norway.

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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