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Summer School 19-23 August 2024, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • 19 Aug 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • 23 Dec 2024
  • 4:30 PM
  • Utrecht, The Netherlands

Summer School 19-23 August 2024, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Presenter: Remco van der Wijngaart

Dutch Institute for Schema Therapy

About this Summer school

After 2 online editions, the Dutch Institute for Schema Therapy, known in the Netherlands as Van Genderen Opleidingen, organizes an in-person Summer School from 19-23 August 2024 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. You’re invited to join us in a week full of interesting topics in schema therapy. During 5 days, you will be emersed in various aspects of schema therapy. We want to make sure this week provides you a safe environment in which you can feel connected and validated in the process of both learning and enjoying an playful and pleasurable time in the group.

The week starts with providing you an update of the latest developments in schema therapy, e.g. the use of new core emotional needs and new schemas. Already existing skills in forming a case conceptualization will be refreshed and fine-tuned during practical demonstrations and exercises in diagnostic imagery exercises and diagnostic chairwork.

During the rest of the week, each day will focus on working with a different mode. The aim is to provide a more in depth understanding of the methods and techniques that are central to schema therapy and to offer inspiration in how to manage challenging situations in clinical practice. Therefore, short introductions will be followed by live demonstrations focusing on specific challenges, e.g. chairwork with strong coping modes, imagery rescripting with strong coping modes, working with guilt & loyalty, how to create corrective emotional experiences, strengthening healthy modes and more.


Besides Remco van der Wijngaart, there will be guest speakers with specific scientific or clinical knowledge. We’re proud that at this stage we are certain the following speakers will present during the during the summer school.

Dr. Julie Krans, assistant professor in clinical psychology and associate director of the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University; senior researcher at Pro Persona Overwaal centre for anxiety, OCD and PTSD; guest professor in clinical psychology at the KU Leuven; trained CBT therapist (VVGT); co-founder of the International consortium on Imagery rescripting and senior author of a review study on the effectiveness of Schema Therapy in treating anxiety disorders, OCD and PTSD

Elsa van den Broek, schema therapist and drama therapist. Known as ’Lucy’ from the production ‘Schema therapy, working with modes’, Elsa is an expert in bringing emotion and felt experiences into the therapy room.

There will be a social program open for those who like to enjoy the beautiful city of Utrecht with each other. Extra (reasonable!) costs will be charged for participation in this social program. Although this program is yet not definitive, there definitely will be an opening and closing dinner.

Dates and times:        

This is a preliminary program, definitive program will be presented in January 2024

Day 1   Monday, August 19     11am-4.30pm CET       Theoretical and scientific update

Case Conceptualization

Diagnostic Imagery and Chairwork

Day 2   Tuesday, August 20     10am-4pm CET           Coping Modes

Fine tuning chair work with coping modes

Imagery rescripting with strong coping modes

Creating Corrective Emotional Experiences

Day 3   Wednesday, August 21           10am-4pm CET           Inner Critics

Addressing different inner critics using imagery rescripting and chairwork

Dealing with guilt & loyalty

Day 4   Thursday,  August 22  10am-4pm CET           Child modes

Validating needs of the Vulnerable Child mode

Pushing for spontaneity and play

Working with anger and our own inner child

Day 5   Friday, August 23        10am-3pm CET           Healthy Adult

Historical role play

Strengthening the Healthy Adult; chairwork


Brockman, R., Simpson, S., Hayes, C., Van der Wijngaart, R., & Smout, M. (2023). Cambridge Guide to Schema Therapy (Cambridge Guides to the Psychological Therapies). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108918145

Van der Wijngaart, R. (2021) Imagery Rescripting rescripting, theory and practice. Pavilion Publishing Company

Van der Wijngaart, R. (2023) Chairwork, theory and practice. Pavilion Publishing Company

Van der Wijngaart, R., Van Genderen, H. (in prep, available mid 2024). Schema therapy for cluster C personality disorders. Treatment of the Dependent-, Avoidant-, and Obsessive-Compulsive patients. Pavilion Publishing Company ltd.


€995 for 5 days

Lunch, coffee and tea included

Overnight stay not included


You can subscribe for this summer school by clicking here.

You will receive an invoice once the final program is available.

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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