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  • 13 Dec 2018 1:47 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    Registration for ISST's International Symposium opens today: lock-in the lowest rates available now.

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    Join us in Edinburgh May 1 - 3, 2019 as the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) brings together a worldwide community of clinicians, researchers, educators and supporters for its biennial symposium (formerly known as Summer School).


    The format of ENLIGHT 2019 offers smaller workshop sizes for an all-day experience, providing you with more opportunities to immerse yourself in the topics and to connect with your fellow schema therapy colleagues.


    Let Edinburgh steal your heart, together with your fellow schema therapy friends and colleagues, as ENLIGHT 2019 debuts in one of the world's stateliest cities and proudest capitals, a UNESCO world heritage site.


    With an overwhelming response since pre-registration opened one week ago, space is already half full. There are 5 spots remaining in Tier 2. Rates go up and availability goes down with each Tier level. Workshop sizes are also very limited, so to get your top choices, register now. We anticipate reaching full capacity shortly.


    The sooner you register, the more you save, and the more likely you will get to attend your preferred workshops. Extremely limited space remaining.

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    TRAVIS ATKINSON

    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD

    MEDIA COORDINATOR

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  • 04 Dec 2018 7:00 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    Announcing the members of the next ISST Executive Board for 2018 - 2020.

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    Meet Your New ISST Executive Board


    The biennial ISST Executive Board elections have concluded. The results were tallied, and each winner was notified. All winners accepted their positions. Executive Board members serve in voluntary positions, and each term is two years.


    We thank all Full and Honorary Members who participated and exercised their right to vote.


    Below, please see the results of the election, with each winner listed, along with voting percentages for all candidates, and percentages for those who abstained.


    You can view detailed results at: 2018 ELECTION 


    Kind regards from the ISST Election Committee,


    Kerry Beckley (EC Chair)

    Questions? Contact Kerry at: EMAIL

    PRESIDENT

    David Edwards: 70.03%

    Alessandro Carmelita: 28.24%

    Abstain: 1.73%

    VICE PRESIDENT

    Susanne Vind: 91.93%

    Abstain: 8.07%

    TREASURER

    Eckhard Roediger: 94.52%

    Abstain: 5.48%

    MEDIA COORDINATOR

    Travis Atkinson: 95.10%

    Abstain: 4.90%

    SECRETARY

    Susan Simpson: 66.57%

    Rita Younan: 25.07%

    Abstain: 8.36%

    CERTIFICATION COORDINATOR

    Paul Kasyanik: 87.03%

    Abstain: 12.97%

    TRAINING COORDINATOR

    Jeff Conway: 78.10%

    Laura Beccia: 17.87%

    Abstain: 4.03%

    SCIENCE & RESEARCH COORDINATOR

    Alexandra Schosser: 38.33%

    Robert Brockman: 29.68%

    Aleksandra Yaltonskaya: 20.46%

    Abstain: 11.53%

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  • 18 Nov 2018 2:23 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    If you are a Full or Honorary Member, submit your vote by the end of November 29th.

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    Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard

    All active ISST Full and Honorary Members are eligible to cast their vote for candidates to serve for two years on the ISST Executive Board. 


    Please participate in this very important process to help shape the future of ISST, your Schema Therapy Society.


    You may cast your vote anytime by the end of November 29th, 2018.


    Please Note: Do not use the ISST Listserv as a means to promote your preferred candidates or your own candidacy. All candidates have posted their personal statements on the ISST website. You can access personal statements by tapping the picture of each candidate below. 


    Elections of the ISST Executive Board are conducted electronically. You can read about the rules and the procedure here:


    ELECTIONS


    If you qualify, you should have already received your login information by email, sent by November 9th, to access your voting ballot. The administrator sent it to the email address we have on file for you.


    If you did not receive your login email, after checking your spam or junk folder for the email address evoting@isst-online.com, please contact our voting administrator: EVOTING


    If you are not up-to-date on your annual membership fees, you will need to resolve your outstanding balance. Contact the ISST Office for questions regarding your membership fees: ISST Office


    You can find job descriptions for each position on the ISST website, along with personal statements from each candidate.


    The timetable for the 2018 election is as follows:


    November 9 - November 29: Voting Period

    December 5: Announcement of successful candidates after they confirm their willingness to serve. Winning candidates have three days to consider if they will accept the position.


    December 10: Run-off elections, if needed.


    For any questions regarding the ISST Executive Board and the voting procedure please refer to the ISST Statutes: STATUTES and the Electoral Regulations: REGULATIONS 


    Kind regards from the ISST Election Committee,


    Kerry Beckley (EC Chair)

    Questions? Contact Kerry at: EMAIL

    Below, please see a list of candidates, in alphabetical order.

    PRESIDENT
    VICE PRESIDENT
    TREASURER
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    SECRETARY
    CERTIFICATION COORDINATOR
    TRAINING COORDINATOR
    SCIENCE & RESEARCH COORDINATOR
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  • 11 Nov 2018 7:52 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    How do you use Schema Therapy for Complex PTSD?

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    Register now for the third installment of ISST's webinar series, taking place on Tuesday the 27th of November 2018.


    The topic, "Schema Therapy for Complex PTSD" will be presented by ISST Executive Board Secretary Chris Hayes.


    The 90-minute webinar is free to all active ISST members. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by signing up now.


    If you can't attend, you can return to the ISST website after the webinar to view the recording if you're an active member enrolled on the ISST website.


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    DateTuesday 27 November 2018

    Time: 7:00 am EST | 12:00 pm GMT | 1:00 pm CEST  | 8:00 pm AEST | 11:00 pm AEDT


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    Schema Therapy for Complex PTSD

    This webinar examines the use of Schema Therapy via a case study of a young woman presenting with a history of complex PTSD. The webinar will discuss ways to formulate, engage and provide treatment for trauma-related symptoms and look at ways to overcome treatment barriers and difficulties typically seen in practice. In addition, the webinar will address how the therapist's own blocks can be overcome when working directly with trauma material.

    About the Presenter

    Chris Hayes has had extensive experience in both government and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is currently employed with the Health Department of Western Australia as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, specializing in treating recent or childhood trauma. 


    Chris completed advanced certification in Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute of New York, and was trained directly by Dr. Jeffrey Young. He is the Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center of Australia.

    Chris has presented workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain. 

    Chris has served as Secretary on the ISST Executive Board since 2014, and is the co-editor of the Schema Therapy Bulletin. He is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.


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    PAST SCHEMA THERAPY WEBINARS
    Dealing with Angry Patients: Tips & Tricks for Therapists with Remco van der Wijngaart

    Enrolled ISST members can watch the second webinar by tapping: SCHEMA THERAPY FOR ANGRY PATIENTS

    Schema Therapy for Grief with Gemma Gladstone

    Missed the first webinar? If you are an active ISST member enrolled on the website, you can view the entire presentation on the ISST website. Tap: DEALING WITH GRIEF 




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    TRAVIS ATKINSON

    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD

    MEDIA COORDINATOR

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  • 02 Nov 2018 7:13 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    How do you create corrective emotional experiences for yourself?
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    Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside-Out: Corrective Emotional Experiences for Therapists
    by Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw 

    This keynote presents the use of self-practice (SP) and self-reflection (SR) in Schema Therapy based upon their book Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside-Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists (Guilford Press, 2018).

    The SP/SR process will be described in terms of its multiple applications: personal benefit, as a corrective emotional experience for therapists, improved understanding of the client experience leading to changes in ST practice and increased understanding of ST.

    Joan and Ida will demonstrate key SP/SR interventions to give the audience the experience of this approach. The research evidence supporting the use of SP/SR for both new and experienced therapists will also be briefly reviewed. 

    Joan and Ida have graciously granted permission for us to provide a digital recording of their keynote, with copyright restrictions, to all active ISST members enrolled on the website.

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    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD

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  • 15 Oct 2018 3:32 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Nominate your candidate for the ISST Executive Board.
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    INITIAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS


    I, Kerry Beckley, the current Election Committee nominated by the ISST Executive Board, am pleased to announce the opening of the election process.  All Full Members are eligible to offer nominations (of other Full Members). I encourage you to participate in this very important process. You may send your nominations any time between now, October 15, 2018 and October 26, 2018 via email to:

    ELECTION COMMITTEE

    Please complete the information to nominate your candidate within the email you will access through the email link.

    Do not send your nominations to the ISST Listserv. Do not use the ISST Listserv as a means to promote your nominee(s) or your own candidacy. All nominees will have an opportunity to post their personal statements on the ISST website. 

    Elections of the Executive Board are conducted electronically. You can read about the rules and the procedure here:

    ELECTIONS

    Please note that any nominee must be a certified ISST member and willing to run for the position. All Full and Honorary members are eligible to nominate candidates. All Full and Certified Members can run for board positions. Please first be sure your nominee is certified and willing and able to accept a nomination for a board position. Nominations will be reviewed by the election committee in a confidential process.

    All voting will take place electronically. On November 9, 2018 you will receive log-in information by email to access the voting ballot on the website. You will have times to cast your vote up to and including November 29, 2018.

    Executive board elections take place every two years. The board consists of the following seven positions. Two members of the current board will be stepping down. Five members will run for re-election. Members of the current board are:

    Dave Edwards: President
    Remco Van Der Wijngaart: Vice-President 
    Eckhard Roediger: Treasurer
    Chris Hayes: Secretary
    Travis Atkinson: Public Affairs Coordinator
    Joan Farrell: Training and Certification Coordinator
    Paul Kasyanik: Research and Scientific Coordinator 

    You can find job descriptions for each position on the ISST website.

    The timetable for the 2018 election is as follows:

    October 15: Announcing the election and naming the board members that will run again. ISST Board job descriptions to be provided

    October 15: Call for nomination sent to memberships; Job descriptions will be uploaded to website for membership to view

    October 15-26: Nomination period. Nominations will be sent directly to the Election Committee, who will verify eligibility and interest of the nominated members.

    October 27: The Election Committee sends out a list in alphabetic order of the candidates to all members and calls for the elections. The voting process will be described in details in this communications.

    October 27 - November 6: Candidates submit statements for the view on the ISST website.

    November 9 - November 29: Voting Period

    December 5: Announcement of successful candidates after they confirm their willingness to serve - winning candidates have three days to consider if they will accept the position.

    December 10: Run-off elections if needed

    For any questions regarding the Executive Committee and the voting procedure please refer to the ISST Statutes: STATUTES and the Electoral Regulations: REGULATIONS 

    Kind regards from the ISST Election Committee,

    Kerry Beckley (EC Chair)


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  • 03 Oct 2018 6:09 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Do you need some tips & tricks to help deal with angry clients?
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    Register now for the second installment of ISST's webinar series, taking place on the 30th of October 2018.

    The topic, "Dealing with Angry Patients: Tips & Tricks for Therapists" will be presented by ISST Vice President Remco van der Wijngaart.

    The 90-minute webinar is free to all active ISST members. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by signing up now.

    If you can't attend, be sure to return to the ISST website after the webinar to view the recording.


    DETAILS


    Date30 October @ 1:00 pm CEST | 7:00 am EDT | 10:00 pm AEST 

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    Dealing with Angry Patients: Tips & Tricks for Therapists


    One of the most difficult things for therapists to address in the therapy process is how to work with angry patients. Examples that can come up in the therapy office may include:

    • The client resists doing exercises in-session, and agitation intensifies as therapy continues
    • The client suddenly bursts out into rage for no apparent reason, ranting off a list of perceived injustices
    • The client becomes threatening or angry in a degrading way when he or she feels disrespected

    Therapists can react to such examples of anger in very different ways. Some therapists may find anger so difficult that they try to preempt any dissatisfaction, irritation or anger in the client, clamping down during the session.

    However, when a client is angry, he or she can also provoke feelings of failure in the therapist, causing the therapist to feel anxious and insecure. The therapist could even criticize him or herself for allowing the client to become angry.

    When anger is not addressed effectively, the therapeutic process can stagnate, leading to feelings of despondency and exhaustion in the therapist, and a premature exit from the client.

    In this webinar, participants will first learn to distinguish between the various forms of anger. Next, participants will learn how to address the different forms of anger effectively using tips & tricks from specific Schema Therapy methods and techniques. 


    About the Presenter

    Remco van der Wijngaart is a psychotherapist in private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Initially trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, he expanded to Schema Therapy, being trained and supervised personally by Dr. Jeffrey Young from 1996 through 2000. Remco specializes in borderline personality disorder, Cluster-C personality disorders, and anxiety and depressive disorders. Since 2000, he has been providing training courses in Schema Therapy throughout the world.

    Remco produced and directed the DVD series, "Schema Therapy: Working with Modes," a helpful instrument to learn Schema Therapy. In 2016, he produced two new DVDs, "Fine-Tuning Imagery Rescripting," and "Schema Therapy for the Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder."

    Remco is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer, and has served as the Executive Board Vice President of ISST since 2016. 

     

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    ISST's webinar series is being hosted by ISST Executive Board Secretary Chris Hayes.



     
    PAST SCHEMA THERAPY WEBINARS
    Schema Therapy for Grief with Gemma Gladstone: Missed the first webinar? If you are an active ISST member enrolled on the website, you can view the entire presentation on the ISST website. Tap: DEALING WITH GRIEF 


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  • 03 Sep 2018 3:12 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    How do corrective emotional experiences play a central role in schema therapy?
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    The Corrective Emotional Experience: It's Central Place Within Schema Therapy
    by David Edwards 
    ISST President


    All psychotherapy interventions aim to provide corrective experiences of some sort, but the term “corrective emotional experience,” used by Franz Alexander and Thomas French (1946) captured what they saw as the heart of what brings about meaningful change in brief psychodynamic therapy. 

    A storm of protest and rejection erupted from much of the psychoanalytic community, that would continue for decades. This reflected the split between Freud and Ferenczi over Ferenczi’s recognition of the reality and significance of childhood trauma and his more intense emotional engagement with clients’ experience.

    The term, as Alexander and French defined it, captures important elements of what in schema therapy we call “limited reparenting.”  Schema therapy extends this through imagery and psychodrama, methods widely employed by critics of Freud throughout the 20th century, but viewed with deep suspicion within traditional psychoanalysis.

    “Corrective emotional experiences" bring about positive change in early maladaptive schemas through accessing the Vulnerable Child, and the experiences that led to EMS formation in the first place.  They correct them through identifying unmet developmental needs and finding ways to meet them. This is schema healing.  

    This keynote will examine the challenges encountered in this process, not only from coping modes and parent modes, but also from mode complexity, embedded modes, and dissociated modes. It will also look at how, as an integrative therapy, schema therapy draws on other kinds of corrective experience to strengthen the process of schema change.

    David has graciously granted permission for us to provide a digital recording of his keynote, with copyright restrictions, to all active ISST members enrolled on the website.

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  • 24 Aug 2018 10:23 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Do you sometimes struggle to help patients who are grieving?
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    Register now for ISST's new webinar series, beginning the 13th of September, 2018. The first topic, "Schema Therapy for Grief," will be presented by Dr. Gemma Gladstone. The 90-minute webinar is free to all active ISST members. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by signing up now. If you can't attend, return to the ISST website after the webinar to view the recording.


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    Date13 September @ 6:00 pm AEST: GMT + 10 | 10:00 am CEST | 4:00 am EDT.

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    Schema Therapy for Grief with Dr. Gemma Gladstone


    Grief is an inescapable experience inherent in the human condition. The majority of clients presenting for mental health concerns or interpersonal problems are also carrying some degree of unprocessed loss, whether in the form of specific bereavements or as integral components of other difficult life experiences (e.g., an abusive childhood). It is often the case that unprocessed or inhibited grief serves as a maintaining factor for many emotional disorders -- major depression being the most obvious.

    Many times clinicians are faced with dilemmas of clinical priorities and may sway away from grief work, either because of a lack of confidence, or an uncertainty about which interventions might be most effective. This webinar will equip therapists with a skill set in selected schema therapy experiential techniques to help address the needs of patients who are grieving.

    Dr. Gemma Gladstone is a clinical psychologist located in Sydney, Australia. She is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. Gemma has 24 years of experience in various roles within mental health, and has worked in her private practice since 2001. In addition, she has worked in academia, holding the position of senior research fellow at the Black Dog Institute (UNSW), and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in the area of mood disorders.

    Gemma is co-director of the Good Mood Clinic in Sydney, and found of its sister company, the Sydney Centre for Schema Therapy, established to provide training on special interest topics within schema therapy. She specializes in providing schema therapy and experiential interventions for treatment resistant patients including chronic depression, narcissistic and borderline personalities, complex trauma, relationships, emotion coaching for schema prevention, and complicated grief.


    ISST's webinar series is being hosted by Chris Hayes, the ISST Executive Board Secretary.
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  • 27 Jul 2018 10:00 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Read about the four dialogue matrix, schema therapy with families, and autism spectrum conditions.
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    Read the latest Schema Therapy Bulletin, exclusively available to active ISST members enrolled on the website. Not yet enrolled? Tap: ENROLL Not yet a member? Tap: JOIN US

    In 2006, Stockholm hosted the 1st International Society of SchemaTherapy Conference. Approximately 56 people attended the event which​ established the inner workings of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). The exponential growth in both interest and application of the Schema Therapy model, demonstrated by the attendance of 1150 clinicians, researchers, trainers and students from 49 countries at​ INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam​, is ​astounding​ and gratifying​. 

    The ​conference theme “Corrective Emotional Experiences: How Schema Therapy Transforms Lives,” was ​well met with enthusiasm by those who were fortunate enough to attend. To those who ​practice schema therapy in geographically isolated regions, from regions where there is less exposure to the schema model, or in workplaces where other treatment modalities are dominant, the event itself was a corrective emotional experience. It ​provided an opportunity to meet others with similar therapeutic views, to share ideas collaboratively and to feel connected to a group of like-minded individuals; ​confirming that ​you ​are not the only practitioner of Schema Therapy!

    For many ISST members​,​ ​the cost of ​attending such events can be prohibitive​ due to limitations in time and financial resources​. For those members who were unable to attend the Amsterdam conference, we hope in the coming editions of the Schema Therapy Bulletin to bring you contributions and presentations from the event. Furthermore, in the coming months the Schema Therapy Webinar Series will be made available, featuring 90 minute specialist schema therapy webinars (many of which presented in Amsterdam and other ISST events). 

    While many of our members were preparing their presentations of the Amsterdam conference, others took the time to write articles sharing new and interesting approaches to Schema Therapy.

    In ​the current issue, Scott Kellogg (USA) discusses the application of chair-work​ in schema therapy and describes a framework for understanding and​organizing mode dialogues​, and ​offers ​a variety of chair work opportunities​.

    Rachel Samson (Australia) discusses the use of Schema Therapy within a family based approach  exploring a case study of an adolescent and her family the exploring effect of temperament and attachment in the treatment.

    Finally, Erin Bulluss (A​u​stralia) describes the use of Schema Therapy with those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, describing ​ways to work with the​ Schema Therapy model to accommodate​ the ​neurodevelopment aspects of the condition.

    We continue to call for contributions for upcoming issues of the Schema Therapy Bulletin. If you have an article or want to propose a contribution please make contact.


    Lissa Parsonnet (USA) &
    Chris Hayes (Australia)

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    Transformational Chairwork: The Four Dialogue Matrix
    Scott Kellogg, PhD. New York, USA
     

    A central irony of Chairwork is that Chairwork has nothing to do with chairs.  Chairwork is based on the belief that there is a healing and transformative power in (1) giving voice to one’s inner parts, modes, or selves, and in (2) enacting or re-enacting scenes from the past, the present, or the future.  

    In light of the many different strategies that have been developed to achieve these goals, one of my central projects has been to distill this method down to its essential dialogical components in hope that these can then be used as building blocks in the therapeutic encounter.  To this end, I have counterbalanced the polarity of using one chair (I) or two chairs (II) with the polarity of having an internal dialogue (I) or an external dialogue (E).  The result has been the creation of the Four Dialogue Matrix

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    When a Duck is Raising a Swan: Temperament and Attachment in Schema Therapy with Families
    Rachel Samson, Clinical Psychologist, Adelaide Australia

    15-year-old Sarah and her mother, Ann, initially presented in crisis. Sarah’s boyfriend had broken-up with her and she had become highly distressed and dysregulated in response; lashing out verbally and physically at her mother, refusing school, and threatening suicide. Sarah’s mother and father were overwhelmed and had both taken leave from work to stay at home with Sarah due to concerns about her safety. Sarah attended the hospital on several occasions for psychiatric review and police and paramedic attendance had been required at the family home during episodes of heightened distress, intense conflict, and aggression. The family reported that previous psychiatric and psychological intervention had not been helpful and that Sarah had been reluctant to engage. The dyad was referred to me by a colleague for family-based Schema Therapy.

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    Schema Therapy and the Autism Spectrum: The importance of modifying the Schema Therapy conceptual framework to counter neuro-normative assumptions when  working with neurodiverse populations
    Erin K. Bulluss, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Schema Therapy Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

     

    Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) refer to a set of lifelong, neurodevelopmental syndromes with a prevalence of 1% across age groups (Lai & Baron-Cohen, 2015). People with an ASC may refer to themselves as being autistic, on the autism spectrum, neurodiverse (plural) or neurodivergent (singular)- as opposed to allistic or neurotypical- in recognition of their fundamental neurodevelopmental differences from the majority of the population. These neurodevelopmental differences are not inherently pathological, nor have they developed as a result of experiences during infancy or childhood, they are simply intrinsic differences from the majority of the population.

    Being in the minority, individuals on the autism spectrum often experience an environmental mismatch, whereby the environment is shaped to meet the needs of the neurotypical majority and does not adequately meet the needs of the neurodivergent individual. For example, a recent meta-synthesis by Williams and colleagues (2017) found that mainstream school environments greatly impact the manner in which children with ASCs view their differences from the neurotypical majority. It seems most children in the studies experienced school environments that were not inclusive and accepting of neurodiversity, and thus interpreted their differences from typically developing peers as negative. This meta-synthesis identified that these children also appeared to have internalised the negative comments made by others, and referred to themselves with terms like weird, freak, mentally disabled, and having a bad brain.

    On the other hand, there was a small proportion of children with ASC who viewed their differences positively, and while there was not sufficient information to fully understand how these children had made sense of themselves in such different ways, it seemed supportive peers, accessible classroom environments, and flexible platforms for learning and socialising contributed to this difference in self-perception. 

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    The Schema Therapy Bulletin is edited by Lissa Parsonnet and Chris Hayes.
    This template was created by Travis Atkinson.
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