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  • 10 Feb 2016 10:43 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    10 February 2016


    Vienna: The Marvels of Old and New 

    The setting for INSPIRE 2016 could not be more ideal. As one of Europe's grandest cities of the past, today Vienna has a vibrant city scene with much more to offer than just the past. With a multicultural population, beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and a music scene that is one of Europe's best-kept secrets, attending the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference will be a delight, both inside the ultra-modern Reed Messe Congress Center venue, and outside the conference exploring old and new Vienna.

    We are awaiting the final annoucements for conference workshops, when your options for conference days will be available. The detailed conference program will also be revealed shortly, along with your top choices of conference activities from our survey last fall.

    Visit our Member Only Online Forum to connect with other members attending the conference, to ask questions, or to make suggestions: INSPIRE 2016 FORUM

    SAVE THE DATES: VIENNA 2016

    Thursday June 30: Preconference Workshops | Evening Welcome Reception

    Friday July 1: Conference Day 1 | Evening Social Activity

    Saturday July 2: Conference Day 2 | Evening Conference Banquet

    Conference Venue: Reed Messe Wien Congress Center

    The conference is at Messe Wien, located in District 2, Leopoldstadt. Messe Wien is an ultra-modern, flexible conference venue offering atmospheric, attractive, and functional spaces enabling all attendees to enjoy the conference. Visit our venue page for more information, including transportation and parking: MESSE WIEN

    Traveling to Vienna

    By Plane: Vienna International Airport at Schwechat is 12 miles/19 km southeast of the city.

    By Train: The city's main train station is the Hauptbahnhof Wien for national and international travel.

    Vienna Travel Planner: For detailed travel information, visit our helpful summary for conference attendees. Go to: TRAVEL TO VIENNA

    Vienna Hotel Suggestions

    Our conference organizer has pre-selected centrally located hotels near the conference venue, and added our own recommendations of unique, design hotels that are top-rated and good values to the list. We suggest that you stay at one of the hotels on the list, where you'll more likely connect with other conference attendees, to get the most out of your conference experience.

    You can review a wide-range of hotel options, starting at €69, by visiting: INSPIRE 2016 HOTELS

    Eating in Vienna

    Explore a new generation of chefs occupying Viennese kitchens, who developed Neue Wiener Küche. Whether you prefer the traditional cuisines, or the exciting new dishes, Vienna is sure to please your palate. We have a listing of top-rated restaurants in different districts of the city, at prices sure to please any budget. Read reviews, and make reservations in advance. Visit: EAT IN VIENNA

     

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Coordinator for Public Affairs & Member Benefits

    Questions: EMAIL

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

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    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 30 Jan 2016 9:00 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    30 January 2016

    "Empathically Attuned Caregiver Mode in the Treatment Room" 

    An interview with Wendy Behary, a keynote speaker at INSPIRE 2016 in Vienna

    Wendy Behary will be featured as a keynote speaker this summer in Vienna, and in an interview with Travis Atkinson, she gives us a "sneak peak" of key elements of her address:

    • Why is the "empathic stance" the most critical part of a schema therapist's posture in the treatment room?
    • What is the difference between expressing sympathy or compassion with a client/patient compared to empathic resonance?
    • Does empathy differ in more challenging cases, such as treating a narcissist or a challenging couple?
    • What can get in the way of a therapist being able to stay in an "empathically attuned caregiver mode?"  

    Wendy answers these questions and more, previewing her keynote address. Watch her describe working in the "empathically attuned caregiver mode," and listen for examples that you can use in your work as a schema therapist. Visit: EMPATHICALLY ATTUNED MODE

     

    See Wendy in Vienna at INSPIRE 2016!

     



     

    Wendy is the former President of ISST, serving from 2010 - 2014. She is the founder and director of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. Wendy started training and working with Jeffrey Young in 1989, and has been treating clients, training professionals, and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years.  She chairs the Brainstorming subcommittee for ISST, and is the author of "Disarming the Narcissist." Wendy will be a featured keynote speaker at the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference June 30 - July 2.


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    Registration for INSPIRE 2016 is NOW OPEN! 

    "What is it with Modes? The Transdiagnostic Power of Mode Work in Schema Therapy"

    ISST Vienna Conference

    June 30 - July 2, 2016 

    We are excited to announce that registration for the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Conference in Vienna is now open! You can browse through options, and register to receive Early-Bird Savings. Enroll through our online portal, and you will see options for the following:

    Preconference Workshops: select your top-two choices for full- or half-day workshops taking place June 30th

    Workshops: register for the conference days, July 1st and 2nd, and you will have the first opportunity to select your top workshop choices when the entire program is announced

    Banquet: reserve your seat at the beautiful Marina Restaurant on the Danube River in Vienna for Saturday July 2nd

    Enjoy Early-Bird Savings: Register by April 15th!

    To register, click the button below:

    Want to Inspire Conference Attendees in Vienna? Don't Miss the February 1st Deadline to submit your proposals for panels, symposia, hot-topic talks, case discussions, workshops, and poster presentations

    For directions to submit your proposals, visit: SUBMISSIONS


    Schema Therapy for Chronic Depression: Read the Exciting Results of a Multiple Single Case Series, Available for a Limited Time

    In a remarkable study by Fritz Renner, Arnoud Arntz, Frenk P.M.L. Peeters, Jill Lobbestael, and Marcus J.H. Huibers, individual schema therapy was applied to adults with chronic depression. 

    The results:

    • Large descreases in depressive symptoms 
    • Large improvements in overall well-being

    Read the full text, provided by the publisher for a limited time: TREATING CHRONIC DEPRESSION

    Created by Travis Atkinson

    ISST Coordinator for Public Affairs & Member Benefits

    Questions: EMAIL 

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 21 Jan 2016 12:53 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    20 January 2016

    Working with Children and Adolescents with Schema Therapy (ST-CA)

    An interview with Christof Loose and Maria Galimzyanova

    How does schema therapy for children and adolescents differ from standard cognitive behavioral therapy, or to schema therapy for adults? Christof Loose, a psychologist at the Institute of Experimental Psychology at the University of Dusseldorf and private practitioner in Germany, and Maria Galimzyanova, an associate professor at St. Petersburg State Univeristy in Russia, answer this question and more as they describe how they joined as a team to develop schema therapy for children and adolescents (ST-CA). Watch Christof and Maria share examples of how they apply schema therapy for children and adolescents in an interview by Travis Atkinson. Visit: CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

    See Christof & Maria in Vienna at INSPIRE 2016!



     

    Christof and Maria are both advanced certified schema therapists, supervisors & trainers for individuals and children/adolescents. Christof is the chair of ISST's Children and Adolescents Special Interest Group, and Maria is also certified as an advanced group schema therapist, supervisor and trainer. They present workshops and trainings internationally, and will be featured at the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference on June 30th at a Preconference Workshop.

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    INSPIRE 2016

    What is it with Modes?

    The Transdiagnostic Power of Mode Work in Schema Therapy

    ISST Vienna Conference

    June 30 - July 2, 2016 

    Need a little extra time to submit your presentation proposal? No problem. We've extended the submission deadline to February 1, 2016. Keynote speakers and preconference workshops have been announced, both from within and outside of the schema therapy community, and more exciting announcements are coming shortly as plans are being set to make sure you have an incredible experience with your fellow schema therapy friends and colleagues at the Vienna conference. 

    Deadline Extended for Submissions:

    February 1, 2016: proposals for panels, symposia, hot-topic talks, case discussions, workshops, and poster presentations

    For directions to submit your proposals, visit: SUBMISSIONS

    Ready to Experience the Charm of Vienna?

    The past points toward the future in the beautiful city of Vienna, one of Europe's grandest cities with a vibrant scene you'll enjoy this summer. Even if you have been to Vienna before, with some smart planning, you can discover new corners that promise to satisfy. Use our VIENNA TRAVEL PLANNER to become familiar with the city layout, and see some of the top sights and activities that Vienna has to offer. Visit: VIENNA PLANNER


    Submit Your Blog: Share Your Story

    Send us your insights and perspectives from your work, activities, and experiences as a clinician, researcher, educator, supporter, or fan of ISST to be posted on our website blog. Submit your blog now, and include a picture (.jpg format) to help other members become familiar with you, and if you have a web address, make sure to include it. This is one of the best ways to help others get to know you more, and one of the top ways to increase your search engine visibility. Plus, use ISST as a tool for you--we'll use our vast media network to help promote you as a member of ISST. 

    What to do? 

    • Submit a blog consisting of 500-1000 words
    • Add a picture to complement your blog
    • English not your primary language? No problem. Your work can be submitted and edited
    • The goal of a blog can be to inform, analyze, assist, or entertain

    Give yourself a boost, help all ISST members learn from you, and share your story now:  SUBMIT


    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 15 Jan 2016 7:45 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCHEMA THERAPY

    15 January 2016

    Deadline for INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference Presentation Submissions: January 20th, 2016

    Wednesday is the final day to submit your proposal for a panel, symposia, hot-topic talk, case discussion, workshop, or poster presentation for the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference, taking place from June 30th to July 2nd, 2016. The conference theme is: "What is it with Modes? The Transdiagnostic Power of Mode Work in Schema Therapy." 

    If you have not yet submitted your proposal, please do so now. If you have already submitted, please check that you received an automated email confirmation from us. Using our online portal, the process to submit your proposal is easy to complete. Take a few minutes to review the instructions, and submit your proposal before the deadline passes.

    Deadline for Submissions: 

    January 20, 2016: proposals for panels, symposia, hot-topic talks, case discussions, workshops, and poster presentations

    To submit your proposal, visit: SUBMISSIONS

    If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact us at: isst.vienna.2016@gmail.com

    Responses to submissions will be announced by late February 2016. 

    Yours, 

    Eshkol Rafaeli (on behalf of the The ISST Program Committee)



    — VIENNA CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS —

    Preconference Workshops Announced

    Full-Day Workshops

    What is it with Modes for Distressed Couples? 

    How Schema Couples Therapy Uses Mode Work to Heal Relationships

    by Travis Atkinson, Eckhard Roediger, Poul Perris, Chiara DiFrancesco, David Edwards & Bruce Stevens 

    Experiential Techniques for Mode Work in Group Therapy 

    by Paul Kasyanik & Elena Romanova

    Fine Tuning Imagery Re-Scripting 

    by Chris Hayes & Remco van der Wijngaart

    Transformational Chair Work: The Advanced Dialogues

    by Scott Kellogg 

    Schema Therapy for Children & Adolescents (ST-CA)

    by Christof Loose & Maria Galimzyanova

    Half-Day Workshops 

    Sexual Difficulties: 

    A Schema Therapy Approach for Conceptualization and Treatment

    by Eshkol Rafaeli & Offer Maurer 

    Discovering Schema Modes in Oneself and in One's Patients: An Interactive, Self-Experience Workshop Combining Therapy and Positive Psychology

    by David P. Bernstein

    Young Investigator Award

    The ISST Board invites submissions for the 1st Biennial Young Investigator Award. The recipient of the award will receive a certificate and a cash prize of €1000. The award will be based upon a presentation (poster, symposium talk, or hot topic talk) to be presented in the Vienna 2016 ISST conference, as well as on evidence of engagement in a program of research that is consistent with the mission of ISST and holds a promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field. The work should eventually take the form of independent or collaborative work published in high-impact journals, competitive grant support, etc.

    Submissions should include the following:

    • Submission of a poster, symposium talk, or hot topic talk which includes designation that the submitter is interested in being considered for the Young Investigator Award. This is done through the regular submission portal.
    • Concurrent with the submission (i.e., by the January 15, 2016 deadline), all candidates for the Award shall send a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the conference email address: EMAIL  
    • Candidates must be within their graduate (or post-graduate) training, or no more than 10 years after the completion of the terminal degree in their field (e.g., PhD, MD).

    — INSPIRE 2016 VIENNA UPDATES & MORE —

    Sign-up now for conference updates

    Registration will be opening for the Vienna conference shortly, and we want to make sure you don't miss out on the latest news and events. Take a few minutes to browse the website, including reviewing our "Vienna Travel Planner" page. You may also sign-up for updates on the INSPIRE 2016 page.

    Looking for a hotel or place to stay in Vienna? We will include recommended hotels that you can reserve directly on the registration page, and will suggest more options depending on your needs on the ISST website. 

    Visit the website now for more details: INSPIRE 2016 VIENNA

     

    Upcoming Schema Therapy Events

    View more schema therapy events on the website: EVENTS

    Sponsoring an event that is not yet listed on the website?  SUBMIT EVENTS

     

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    ©Copyright 2016 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 04 Dec 2015 5:39 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    Ready to Inspire Us? New Deadlines to Submit Your Proposal for INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference

    With the holiday season fast approaching, we want you to have a little extra time to submit your proposal to present at the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Vienna Conference on June 30 - July 2, 2016. The conference theme is: "What is it with Modes? The Transdiagnostic Power of Mode Work in Schema Therapy." 

    Using our online portal, the process to submit your proposal is easy to complete. Take a few minutes to review the instructions, and submit your proposal before the deadlines pass.

    New Deadlines for Submissions:

    December 15, 2015: proposals for pre-conference workshops 

    January 20, 2016: proposals for panels, symposia, hot-topic talks, case discussions, workshops, and poster presentations

    For directions to submit your proposals, visit: SUBMISSIONS


    — VIENNA CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS —

    Young Investigator Award Announced

    The ISST Board invites submissions for the 1st Biennial Young Investigator Award. The recipient of the award will receive a certificate and a cash prize of €1000. The award will be based upon a presentation (poster, symposium talk, or hot topic talk) to be presented in the Vienna 2016 ISST conference, as well as on evidence of engagement in a program of research that is consistent with the mission of ISST and holds a promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field. The work should eventually take the form of independent or collaborative work published in high-impact journals, competitive grant support, etc.

    Submissions should include the following:

    • Submission of a poster, symposium talk, or hot topic talk which includes designation that the submitter is interested in being considered for the Young Investigator Award. This is done through the regular submission portal.
    • Concurrent with the submission (i.e., by the January 20, 2016 deadline), all candidates for the Award shall send a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the conference email address: EMAIL  
    • Candidates must be within their graduate (or post-graduate) training, or no more than 10 years after the completion of the terminal degree in their field (e.g., PhD, MD)



    Keynote Speakers Announced 

    Schema Modes: Bridging Clinical Practice and Scientific Research

    by Arnoud Arntz

    Harnessing a Sturdy and Effective Empathically Attuned Caregiver Mode in the Treatment Room

    by Wendy Behary

    From what you see to what you need -- towards an Interpersonal Schema Therapy

    by Eckhard Roediger

    Self-States: What they are, what they aren't

    by Richard Chefetz 

    Whole Trait Theory: How personality changes across hours, and symptoms along with it

    by Will Fleeson

    Integrative Themes in Psychotherapy 

    by Marvin Goldfried


    — ADDITIONAL NEWS & WEBSITE POSTINGS —

    Schema Therapy for the Aged: an Interview with Bruce Stevens

    Do you apply schema therapy for the aged with clients or patients? If so, you will want to watch Bruce Stevens discuss his latest endeavours in the field of schema therapy. Bruce shares about his prior experiences with schema therapy, including schema couples therapy and his latest publication, Schema Therapy with Couples, co-authored with Chiara DiFrancesco and Eckhard Roediger. He previews an upcoming book he is working on involving emotional learning and schema therapy about relationships, and lays out his initial experiences in the speciality area of the aged population. Watch: BRUCE STEVENS

    Join the "Members Only" schema therapy for the aged forum: FORUM


    Upcoming Schema Therapy Events

    • December 5: Advanced methods using empathic confrontation in schema therapy by Neele Reiß and Friederike Vogel in Mainz, Germany
    • December 12: Schema therapy basic techniques III with Alp Karaosmanoglu in Istanbul, Turkey
    • December 12: Supervision workshop in schema therapy with Igor Nenadic in Mainz, Germany
    • December 14: Schema couples therapy interest group meeting online
    • January 15-16: Introduction to schema therapy with Neele Reiß and Friederike Vogel in Mainz, Germany
    • January 18: Schema couples therapy interest group meeting online
    • January 21: Introduction to group schema therapy with Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw in Kongsvinger, Norway
    • January 27-29: Advanced training in group schema therapy with Ida Shaw and Joan Farrell in Copenhagen, Denmark

    View more schema therapy events on the website: EVENTS

    Sponsoring an event that is not yet listed on the website?  SUBMIT EVENTS

    Created by Travis Atkinson, ISST Board Public Affairs Coordinator. Send questions or comments to: EMAIL  

  • 23 Nov 2015 7:32 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    Join the conversation: daily updates on ISST social media 

    Have you been following ISST on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+? Top articles from the web related to schema therapy topics are posted each day, and you don't want to miss out. Recent posts include:

    • What can cause depression? 9 surprising answers
    • What do love and alcohol have in common?
    • Is narcissism always bad?
    • How can meditation affect your brain?
    • How do you cool down after being angry?
    • Is ketamine the next big depression drug?
    • What is so alluring about competing against other people?
    • Can you spot a narcissist?
    • Do you know the latest research about anxiety?

    Joining the conversation is simple: just click on your favorite social media icon now.




    Combined Group and Individual Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

    by Veronique Dickhaut and Arnoud Arntz

    In the latest blog from ISST Board Research and Science Coordinator Eshkol Rafaeli, the two guest authors, Veronique Dickhaut and Arnoud Arntz, describe the development of a combined group and individual Schema Therapy (ST) protocol for the treatment of patients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, and the results of a pilot study based on that protocol. Patients who received combined group/individual ST showed greater improvement in comparison with those who received solely individual ST. Notably, these patients reached happiness levels almost equivalent to those found in the general population. The blog concludes with an outline of the currently-running group ST international RCT. BPD TREATMENT WITH SCHEMA THERAPY


    INSPIRE 2016

    What is it with Modes?

    The Transdiagnostic Power of Mode Work in Schema Therapy

    ISST Vienna Conference

    June 30 - July 2, 2016

    Planning for the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Conference in Vienna is underway, with the main theme of "What is it with Modes?" Keynote speakers are lining up, both from within and outside of the schema therapy community, to present ideas about the theme, and the planning committee invites the entire schema therapy community to submit proposals for workshops and other presentations. 

    Deadlines for Submissions:

    December 15, 2015: proposals for panels, symposia, hot-topic talks, case discussions, and workshops

    January 20, 2016: proposals for poster presentations

    For directions to submit your proposals, visit: SUBMISSIONS


    Schema Therapy Bulletin October 2015: Schema Therapy in Healthcare Settings

    This second issue of the Schema Therapy Bulletin, edited by Lissa Parsonnet and ISST Board Secretary Chris Hayes, focuses on the use of schema therapy with medically ill patients. Unlike in more traditional applications of the model, the primary focus of medically ill patients is on disease management or cure, and the relief of physical symptoms rather than on psychiatric symptoms, relationship issues or other psychosocial concerns.

    Articles in this issue include:

    • Using the Schema Therapy Model to Help Patients Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis by Lissa Parsonnet
    • Schema Therapy in Medical Settings by Cesar A. Gonzalez
    • Working with Patients who have Chronic Illness by Elizabeth Lacy
    • Schema Therapy in Dermatology by Alexandra Mizara

    ​Visit the Schema Therapy Bulletin online now: STB


    Upcoming Schema Therapy Events

    • November 30: Group schema therapy for adolescents: 3-day training with Ida Shaw and Maria Galimzyanova in Amsterdam
    • December 4: Advanced skills development in group schema therapy with Ida Shaw and Joan Farrell in Amsterdam
    • December 5: Advanced methods using empathic confrontation in schema therapy by Neele Reiß and Friederike Vogel in Mainz
    • December 12: Schema therapy basic techniques III with Alp Karaosmanoglu in Istanbul
    • December 12: Supervision workshop in schema therapy with Igor Nenadic in Mainz
    • December 14: Schema couples therapy interest group meeting online

    View more schema therapy events on the website: EVENTS

    Sponsoring an event that is not yet listed on the website?  SUBMIT EVENTS

    Created by: Travis Atkinson, ISST Board Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator. Send questions or comments to: EMAIL

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    Copyright 2015 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 06 Nov 2015 1:00 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Working with Fear and Conscience in Schema Therapy

    An interview with Alp Karaosmanoglu

    The creator of schematv, among many other projects in the schema therapy world, Alp Karaosmanoglu, discusses the connection between fear and conscience in schema therapy. Alp and his colleagues conducted a study of schema domains and core needs with three samples, each having hundreds of participating patients. The results found a connection between schema domains and Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs for love and belonging, esteem, and justice/security. The area of justice/security specifically is highly correlated with the schemas of vulnerability, mistrust, pessimism, and abandonment. Watch Alp explain the results of the study, and clinical implications that schema therapists can use in practice, such as emphasizing conscience more in working with the vulnerability schema. FEAR AND CONSCIENCE

    The Influence of Depression on Treating Personality Disorders with Schema Therapy

    by Fritz Renner, Lotte Bamelis, Marcus Huibers, Anne Speckens & Arnoud Arntz

    Many patients with personality disorders also suffer from depression. However, little is known about the implications of such comorbidity for psychotherapy.  In this blog post, Fritz Renner, Lotte L.M. Bamelis, Marcus J.H. Huibers, Anne Speckens, and Arnoud Arntz explore these implications with data taken from their larger research program comparing schema therapy to other psychotherapy techniques. Depressed patients with personality disorder recovered less during psychotherapy than did non-depressed patients. However, when controlling for the general severity of symptoms, there were no differences between the groups. These outcomes indicate that patients are less likely to recover from their personality disorder when their overall symptom severity is high.  DEPRESSION


    INSPIRE 2016

    What is it with Modes?

    The Transdiagnostic Power of Mode Work in Schema Therapy

    ISST Vienna Conference

    June 30 - July 2, 2016

    Planning for the INSPIRE 2016 ISST Conference in Vienna is underway, with the main theme of "What is it with Modes?" Keynote speakers are lining up, both from within and outside of the schema therapy community, to present ideas about the theme, and the planning committee invites the entire schema therapy community to submit proposals for workshops and other presentations. 

    Deadlines for Submissions:

    December 15, 2015: proposals for panels, symposia, hot-topic talks, case discussions, and workshops

    January 20, 2016: proposals for poster presentations

    For directions to submit your proposals, visit: SUBMISSIONS

    Do You Use Schema Therapy with the Aged? Join the Member Forum Hosted by Bruce Stevens

    "From small seeds, great oaks grow!  I would like to begin a discussion on applying Schema Therapy to aged patients. This will include helping older people that Schema Therapy was developed to treat: those with chronic problems and personality disorders. Of course many schema therapists have already been working extensively in this area, so this will provide an opportunity to share what we have learned. What I would like to see develop is an on-line place to discuss cases and schema treatment with the aged. We can raise issues, such as hoarding with older people, or stages of dementia, and together find ways to apply schema therapy in effective ways. Maybe we can develop an interest group, eventually a schema therapy specialty such as group or couple or child/adolescent, and when the ‘oak’ has grown, possibly international research projects."

    Reply to the latest forum posting:

    A couple of people over 70 years-old present with quite complex issues, one with hoarding problems which are complicated by a rigid Christian perspective on life (including what is right and wrong).  Any ideas for using schema therapy for hoarding, especially with older patients?  

    The second issue came out in treating a very active couple with a volatile relationship. The male has what has been called a "manic defense" in psychoanalysis (hyper-active, rates his mood as being "euphoric to very happy", but with periodic outbursts of irritability, even rage as would be typical with an extended manic-like mood). His personality structure is more neurotic, not PD, but I would be interested in ideas from schema therapy to understand the dynamic and treat it (in mode terms, seems a blend of Detached Self-Soother and maybe Irritable Protector). Any suggestions?

    by Bruce Stevens 

    Join the discussion on the Member Forum now:

    FORUM FOR THE AGED 

    The Member Forum is a platform accessible only by ISST members to discuss topics of interest. Similar to the listserv, the forum allows for a more specific focus on a topic. In addition to a forum for working with the aged, several other specialty area forums are available.

    Review the options in the forum section of the website: FORUMS

    Submit Your Blog: Share Your Story

    Send us your insights and perspectives from your work, activities, and experiences as a clinician, researcher, educator, supporter, or fan of ISST to be posted on our member blog. Submit your blog now, and include a picture (.jpg format) to help other members become familiar with you, and if you have a web address, make sure to include it. This is one of the best ways to help others get to know you more, and one of the top ways to increase your search engine visibility. Plus, use ISST as a tool for you--we'll use our vast media network to help promote you as a member of ISST.

    What to do?

    • Submit a blog consisting of 500-1000 words
    • I'll add a picture that complements your blog
    • English not your primary language? No problem. I'll help edit your work
    • The goal of a blog can be to inform, analyze, assist, or entertain

    Give yourself a boost, help all ISST members, and share your story now:  SUBMIT

    International Society of Schema Therapy e.V. - ISST e.V

    Glossop-Ring 35 

    DE-61118 Bad Vilbel 

    Germany

    Copyright 2015 ISST e.V. All rights reserved. 

    Visit us at www.SchemaTherapySociety.org

    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 29 Oct 2015 5:30 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Schema Therapy Bulletin

    October 2015: Schema Therapy in Healthcare Settings

    This second issue of the Schema Therapy Bulletin focuses on the use of Schema Therapy with medically ill patients. Unlike in more traditional applications of the model, the primary focus of medically ill patients is on disease management or cure, and the relief of physical symptoms rather than on psychiatric symptoms, relationship issues or other psychosocial concerns.

    Depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psychosocial stressors, and schema eruption, have the potential to impede or derail the adjustment to a medical diagnosis and treatment, and undermine optimal medical care. The clinicians writing in this issue have found schema therapy to be well suited to address psychosocial issues that arise from the diagnosis and treatment of medical illness.

    This issue will also feature the first of our ongoing “Meet the ISST Board” column. Thanks to Vivian Francesco for spearheading this column and helping us all get to know the Board Members whose tireless work keeps the ISST vibrant, focused and growing.

    Our next issue will focus on Schema Therapy with Couples.

    Editors,

    Lissa Parsonnet, PhD, LCSW (USA)

    Chris Hayes, Clinical Psychologist (Australia)  


    Please note: you must be enrolled on the ISST website to access the latest digital or pdf version of the Schema Therapy Bulletin. Go to STB to view the latest issue online, or download a pdf version: STB


    Not yet enrolled? Visit: MEMBER LOGIN

    — FEATURE ARTICLES INSIDE OCTOBER'S ISSUE —


    Using the Schema Therapy Model to Help Patients Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis

    by Lissa Parsonnet, PhD, LCSW

    While nothing prepares a person for a diagnosis of cancer, one’s entire life experience prepares a person to cope with cancer or other serious illness. A cancer diagnosis can ignite feelings of fear, anxiety, confusion, anger, sadness and overwhelm. It also threatens a person’s identity as “healthy”, and catapults them into the new and unwanted identity of “cancer patient”. Webster’s on-line dictionary cites the origins of the word “patient” as the Latin word patiens, or the Greek word pema, meaning “to suffer” or “suffering”. How people adjust to this new identity of “sufferer”, will impact the medical care they seek and receive, the treatment decisions they make, and their emotional experience throughout the illness process. It will also impact their family and friends, as well their relationships with family, friends, colleagues and their health care team. CANCER DIAGNOSIS

    Schema Therapy in Medical Settings

    by Cesar A. Gonzalez

    Schema theory posits that life experiences promote the development of adaptive and maladaptive schemas through conscious and non-conscious cognitive, affective, and somatic experiences and inform the perception of ourselves, the world, and our future. When our developmental needs are not met, the theory implies that we turn to conscious and non-conscious behaviors (whether adaptive or maladaptive) to promote survival in an attempt to meet our cognitive, affective, and somatic need for autonomy, relatedness, and competency. MEDICAL SETTINGS

    Working with Patients who have Chronic Illness

    by Elizabeth Lacy

    Treating people who have chronic illnesses is challenging to say the least. Back when I was treating people with more traditional CBT, patients who were extremely sensitive to physical sensations and the threat, whether real or imagined, of serious illness would hit walls that seemed impenetrable with exposure therapies, cognitive reattribution or any other more traditional CBT. Schema Therapy helps break through the “walls” of shame and fear by offering more than cognitive-behavioral strategies.  By modelling and ultimately promoting the constructed enhancement of a healthy adult care-taking mode, changes occur deep at the root of the emotional system. The healthy adult facilitates the process of getting the core unmet needs of the vulnerable child (the one who implicitly experiences the longstanding shame and/or fear linked with early life issues) met, in an adaptive manner. Self-defeating patterns, and biased emotional beliefs gradually heal as schema links weaken, and become reorganized in the cotext of healthier and more effective outcomes. CHRONIC ILLNESS

    Schema Therapy in Dermatology

    by Alexandra Mizara

    Skin disease is common, affecting approximately one quarter to one third of the UK population and represents the most frequent reason for people to consult their general practitioner. Despite their prevalence, the majority of dermatological conditions are often considered as ‘cosmetic’ or ‘non-life-threatening’ by the general public and the profound psychosocial impact that skin disease may exert on those affected is not often recognized. The role of psychological (di)stress in the onset, exacerbation and perpetuation of symptoms in skin diseases such as psoriasis, atopic eczema, acne, vitiligo, alopecia is now well established. DERMATOLOGY

  • 08 Oct 2015 10:43 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Interview with Marleen Rijkeboer

    In an interview on Monday, the President of the Dutch Schema Therapy Society, Marleen Rijkeboer, provided a recap of the 6th Dutch Schema Therapy Society Congress that took place on Friday, September 25th, 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    During the interview, Marleen discusses the theme of the congress, "Schema Therapy: the Past, Present, and Future," and includes noteworthy points from the keynote addresses, delivered by Arnoud Arntz and Gitta Jocobs. She notes a large amount of work focusing on children and adolescents, a growing specialization of schema therapy, and the workshops presented by Christof Loose and Maria Galimzyanova. In addition to many other workshops attendees were able to experience, David Bernstein presented work in forensic schema therapy with adolescents at the congress.

    Research in schema therapy is pinpointing which techniques work better with different populations. Another research area focused on how schema therapists best learn skills and techniques to apply to patients/clients, with interesting results. 

    View the entire interview, hosted by ISST Board Public Affairs Coordinator, Travis Atkinson, by visiting the ISST website. 

    See additional interviews on SchemaTV by Alp Karaosmanoglu with Ida Shaw and Wendy Behary.

    Watch interviews on our channel now: SCHEMATV

    — LATEST NEWS & EVENTS —






    Do You Work with the Aged? Join the new forum, Schema Therapy for the Aged, hosted by Bruce Stevens

    "From small seeds, great oaks grow!  I would like to begin a discussion on applying Schema Therapy to aged patients. This will include helping older people that Schema Therapy was developed to treat: those with chronic problems and personality disorders. Of course many schema therapists have already been working extensively in this area, so this will provide an opportunity to share what we have learned. 

    What I would like to see develop is an on-line place to discuss cases and schema treatment with the aged. We can raise issues, such as hoarding with older people, or stages of dementia, and together find ways to apply schema therapy in effective ways. Maybe we can develop an interest group, eventually a schema therapy specialty such as group or couple or child/adolescent, and when the ‘oak’ has grown, possibly international research projects."

    by Bruce Stevens

    Reply to the latest forum posting: 

    A couple of people over 70 years-old present with quite complex issues, one with hoarding problems which are complicated by a rigid Christian perspective on life (including what is right and wrong).  Any ideas for using schema therapy for hoarding, especially with older patients?  

    The second issue came out in treating a very active couple with a volatile relationship. The male has what has been called a "manic defense" in psychoanalysis (hyper-active, rates his mood as being "euphoric to very happy", but with periodic outbursts of irritability, even rage as would be typical with an extended manic-like mood). His personality structure is more neurotic, not PD, but I would be interested in ideas from schema therapy to understand the dynamic and treat it (in mode terms, seems a blend of Detached Self-Soother and maybe Irritable Protector). Any suggestions?

    Join the discussion on the Member Forum now:

    FORUM FOR WORKING WITH THE AGED

    The Member Forum is a platform accessible only by ISST members to discuss topics of interest. The forum allows for a more specific focus on topics than the listserv. In addition to a forum for working with the aged, several other specialty area forums are available. 

    Review the options in the forum section of the website: FORUMS

     

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  • 04 Oct 2015 11:46 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Time for a Refresh: Website

    An Update from Public Affairs: I have been working to improve the website since its launch last fall, and if you've seen the latest version, I think you'll be happy with the design and features. Thanks to many member contributors, we have several new and exclusive offerings, including: 

    • SchemaTV with Alp Karaosmanoglu
    • Schema Therapy Bulletin (STB)
    • New Istanbul conference videos
    • New Research and Science Blogs
    • A new photo album feature added to your member profile

    I have also been working in the background to help ISST in several ways:

    • Daily social media posts (join us on facebooktwitter, and google+)
    • Extensive outreach to members leading to nearly 75% enrollment on the website and listserv. Still need to enroll? Click ENROLL
    • Ongoing analysis and comprehensive actions to optimize search engine results for the ISST website

    See some of the latest news and events throughout the world of schema therapy, including a preview of the 6th Dutch Schema Therapy Congress in Amsterdam, in the segments below. Visit the website to find many ways to connect with other members in our schema therapy community, and learn more about trends in schema therapy.

    Enjoy, 

    Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs Coordinator

    — LATEST NEWS & EVENTS —

    6th Dutch Schema Therapy Congress: The Past, Present and Future

    Read and watch videos about the keynote addresses, workshops, and events surrounding the 6th Dutch Schema Therapy Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands taking place on Friday, September 25th. Arnoud Arntz will be presenting a keynote address titled "Schema Therapy: where are we now, and what do we need to do for the future." Gitta Jacob will be presenting a keynote titled "Online schema therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder." Watch video previews from Gitta Jacob and Rosi Reubsaet by visiting: DUTCH CONGRESS 

      Tell Your Story: Author a Blog on the Website 

    Share insights and perspectives from your work, activities, and experiences as a clinician, researcher, educator, supporter, or fan of ISST to be posted on our member blog. Submit your blog now, and include a picture (.jpg format) to help other members become familiar with you. This is one of the best ways to help others get to know you more. Plus, a big bonus to you is, we'll use our vast media network to help promote you as a member of ISST.  Click:  SUBMIT

    Find a Training Program

    Want to take a workshop in a topic you're interested in? We have a listing for all of the ISST approved training programs on the website. Check out a program to meet your needs now: PROGRAMS

    Member Forums

    Want to have a discussion with other schema therapy colleagues about your topic of interest? The member forum area of the website is the place to go. Topics include group therapy, couples therapy, child & adolescent therapy, and coming soon, a new forum on schema therapy for the aged, lead by Bruce Stevens. FORUMS

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