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Workshop 9: Friday Early Afternoon and Friday Late Afternoon (F2W9 & F3W9) - 180 Minutes

Using Aspects of EMDR to Improve Imagery, Greatly Enhance Schema Identification and Education, and Make the Therapeutic Relationship More Collaborative – An Experiential Workshop Part 1 & 2

by Elizabeth Armstrong & William Zangwill


Legend has it that Leonardo DaVinci was so talented that he could draw a perfect circle freehanded. Those of us who have been lucky enough to work closely with Jeff, or attend one of his wonderful demonstrations, know that he has a similar level of talent working with clients - especially in schema identification, education, and imagery rescripting. His perceptiveness, ability to improvise and deeply connect with clients allow him to be the remarkably effective clinician he is.

For the rest of us, however, we could significantly benefit from a more systematic and consistent approach to help clients access their underlying schemas and schema processes. Thus, for some time now we have been combining aspects of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in our schema work and have found it very helpful to ourselves and to our clients.

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • Through group practice, demonstrate EMDR target assessment, a systematic way of accessing your clients’ material in a more effective, deeper, and consistent manner.
  • Enable you to show clients how past, present, and future are all connected and linked to their early maladaptive schemas (EMS) and schema processes
  • Allow you to experience for yourself how rapidly and vividly EMDR target assessment gets you in touch with your own underlying schemas and schema processes that we all so automatically use to avoid confronting them.

During the group practice, you will access your own material multidimensionally through imagery, cognitions, emotions, and body sensations. This powerful ‘felt’ experience makes for the most effective schema education we have seen. In addition, these procedures have a free-associative component, allowing clients to be more active participants in their treatment, thus strengthening the therapeutic relationship.

Most of us have neither the artistic talent of a DaVinci nor the clinical skill of a Young, but by using these well-researched, systematic processes we can, on occasion, come pretty damn close.

About the Presenters:

Elizabeth Armstrong

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.

William Zangwill

Coming Soon

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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