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WORKSHOP 10 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 5.45 PM

Creating Corrective Emotional Experiences for Youth with Serious Behavioral Problems and Their Family and Social Networks: Integrating Schema Therapy and Positive Psychology

by David Bernstein, Kim van Oorsouw, and Ingrid Candel 

In this workshop, we present a new approach for helping youth with behavior problems and their family/social networks, which we have successfully piloted in a project with Child Protective Services in the Netherlands. The approach combines elements of schema therapy and positive psychology. The intervention, which we call ‘schema coaching’, strengthens the family/social network, promotes more positive interactions with youth, and reduces the risk of future problematic behavior. The learning objectives of the workshop are, broadly speaking, to introduce the schema coaching method for social networks and help participants develop basic levels of competence in it. By the end of this workshop, participants with even a basic schema therapy background should able to use many of the schema coaching techniques themselves. While we have developed this integration of schema therapy and positive psychology elements for working with networks, the techniques are very flexible and can also be used in other contexts, such as individual, couples, and family therapy sessions. Thus, even participants who don’t work with the family/social networks of youth with behavior problems may find this workshop helpful in their own therapeutic work. Enable participants to experience what it is like to work with the social networks of youth, experiencing and understanding the way in which we use various interventions to promote healthier functioning in the network.

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About the Presenters:

David Bernstein

David Bernstein is widely recognized as one of the leading innovators and researchers in Schema Therapy.  He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University in 1990, and served on the faculties of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Fordham University in New York City.  He was trained in Schema Therapy by Dr. Jeffrey Young, and worked at Young’s Schema Therapy institute in New York City.  Since moving to the Netherlands in 2004, he works as Professor of Forensic Psychotherapy at Maastricht University, where he conducts research on personality disorders, aggression, and antisocial behavior.   He was Vice President of the International Society for Schema Therapy and is the coauthor of Schema Therapy: Distinctive Features, and the DVD series, Schema Therapy: Working with Modes.

Kim van Oorsouw

Kim van Oorsouw, PhD, works as assistant professor in the Forensic Psychology Section at Maastricht University, and works as a coach using schema-based coaching and positive psychology.   

Ingrid Candel

Ingrid Candel, PhD, is a researcher, coach, psychologist, and mindfulness trainer, and collaborates as a schema coach with the department of Clinical Psychological Science of Maastricht University, and Youth Care.

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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