• 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.


    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


    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


    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:


    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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    "Be the Change You Help Create"

  • 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.


    Travis Atkinson

    ISST Board Public Affairs Coordinator


    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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  • 24 Sep 2015 11:03 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Nearly 20 years ago, Jeffrey Young began training the first Dutch psychotherapists in the basic principles and techniques of schema therapy. These initial trainings focused on a large, multi-center research trail working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and the results showed how successful schema therapy can be for BPD. Today, nearly 400 therapists are registered in the Dutch Schema Therapy Society. A diverse range of courses are offered using schema therapy, including BPD, cluster-C personality disorder, forensics, schema couples therapy, children and adolescents, and more.

    The 6th Dutch congress is a great opportunity to answer questions about schema therapy. What do we know about schema therapy, and what type of interventions influence schema therapy's high success rates? What is the key to effective experiential techniques? How do we best use interventions to attain optimal outcomes? We look at the past and ground ourselves in the present to prepare for our future. Schema therapy will not be left out as new technologies change the therapeutic landscape. For instance, e-health is rising in popularity, and now is the time to ask what we know about using schema therapy with the latest technological developments. During the congress, we hope to answer these questions, and many more.

    The keynote speakers are:

    "Schema Therapy: Where are we now, and what do we need to know for the future?"

    by Arnoud Arntz

    "Online Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder"

    by Gitta Jacob

    There will also be two symposiums with a focus on scientific research: "Youth in Trouble" and "Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents." In addition, 12 workshops will be offered covering many topics, including "Working with the Healthy Adult Mode," "Schema Therapy and Faith," "Schema Therapy for People with Autism," "Friends for Life," and more. 

    Language: the congress will be conducted in Dutch

    Watch a preview of the congress by the public relations coordinator of the Dutch society, Rosi Reubsaet: PREVIEW

    Watch a short interview by Alp Karaosmanoglu with Gitta Jacobs, one of the keynote speakers, discussing schema therapy online for Borderline Personality Disorder: KEYNOTE

    Read more about the Dutch Schema Therapy Society on their website: www.schematherapie.nl

  • 30 Aug 2015 9:10 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Cathy Flanagan reports with great pleasure that the Schema Therapy Association of Ireland (STAI) has been established at an inaugural meeting in Dublin. Several new members attended. There is a growing awareness of schema therapy throughout Ireland and, with the society's launch, the group hopes to serve as a valuable resource by making information about schema therapy more accessible and available to the general public as well as to other professionals. Although still in our its early days, the group also plans to establish schema therapy training programs throughout Ireland in the not too distant future.

    Interested in joining STAI? Contact Cathy Flanagan: EMAIL

    Pictured above are members of the newly formed Schema Therapy Association of Ireland. Top from left: Jean Notaro, Eilish McGuinness, Eamon Smith, Muireann McNulty, Aisling O'Dwyer-O'Brien, William Mowlds. Bottom from left: Micheal Gallagher, Cathy Flanagan, Tanya Harris

  • 23 Jun 2015 2:47 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    “Schema Therapy with Couples is a very helpful addition to the clinical couples' therapy literature, integrating the individual challenges people face in their own growth with managing a relationship with someone else who also faces their own individual challenges. Drs. DiFrancesco, Roediger, and Stevens provide a guide through this very difficult but everyday terrain that every couples therapist must navigate. John Gottman, Ph.D., Author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

    Schema Therapy for Couples represents the first practitioner guide to detail effective Schema Therapy techniques in couple and relationship therapy.

    • Shows how the distinctive features of ST make it ideal for addressing the cognitive and emotion-focused problems typical in couple relationships
    • Presents and integrates a series of innovative tools and interventions such as Schema Therapy with Needs versus Wants, Mode Cycle Clash Cards, limited re-parenting, visualization, and chair work

    Authored by an international team of experts in couples therapy and Schema Therapy:

    Chiara Simeone-DiFrancescoMarriage and Family Schema Therapy Institute, USA;

    Eckhard RoedigerFrankfurt Schema Therapy Institute, Germany;

    Bruce A. Stevens, Charles Sturt University, Australia

    To order the book at a 30% discount, go to: Schema Therapy for Couples

    Please note: 

    USA shipping & handling cost = $10.

    For international purchase, go directly to the publisher, Wiley (Due to shipping costs, the 30% discount is only available for purchases shipped with the USA).

     International Orders Click:  http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118972678.html

    Hardback:    9781118972649|£70.00|€89.90|$114.95

    Paperback:    9781118972670|£32.99|€42.90|$54.95 July 2015| 304 pages

  • 28 Apr 2015 9:27 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    The Third Day of ISST Summer School: What Will You Attend?

    Take a moment to read through the descriptions of the workshops ISST is offering for the third day of Summer School in St. Petersburg, June 13th, then click the "Register" button below to make your choice for Day 3.

    Option 1: Couples Group Schema Therapy

    by Paul Kasyanik & Elena Romanova

    Group Schema Therapy (GST) for Couples is a new integrative approach blending the  power of group therapeutic factors with dyadic couples work. This workshop presents the model basics with demonstrations of core interventions.

    In this approach collaborative assessment experiences provide couples with a deeper understanding of “the schema chemistry” fueled by core unmet needs which attracted them and eventually set them against each other. The group setting provides important vicarious learning opportunities. Couples observe how different schemas and coping modes influence the relationships of others, allowing them to better identify and resolve their own “core cycles and schema clashes.”

    Protected intimacy of in-couple communication and group exercises provides corrective emotional experiences like “mutual reparenting” and couples imagery rescripting. Happy Child Mode exercises supply positive emotional energy and facilitate more optimistic attitudes towards their partnership.

    Learning Objectives

    - Understand and apply the GST model and interventions to couples’ treatment;

    - Learn how to teach partners strategies for identifying, accepting and deactivating dysfunctional modes and schemas in group 

    - Learn how to facilitate couples re-parenting & imagery rescripting

    -Experience opportunities to do interventions in demonstrations 

    Training modalities: didactic and experiential

    Option 2: Overcoming "Stuckness," the Client's and Your Own: Learning the "ABCs" of Schema Therapy

    by Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw

    This workshop focuses on of group and individual ST interventions to prepare, motivate and engage clients in the change process.

    The ABCs of Schema Therapy are steps we have identified to increase client's:

    A=awareness of emotions and needs

    B=behavior change


    The ABCs are a way to present to client’s the Schema Therapy work needed to take on their maladaptive coping and dysfunctional critic modes of clients. They are also a helpful mnemonic for therapists.

    Since Schema Therapy works by mode rather than symptom it is seen as transdiagnostic: the ABCs apply independent of diagnosis. The importance of integrating experiential, cognitive and behavioral interventions in a manner salient to clients is stressed. The training will incorporate didactic sections, demonstrations by trainers in which the workshop participants play a group of clients, and opportunities for participants to practice these interventions with coaching and feedback. 

    Option 3: Two Separate Workshops

    Morning Workshop: Research into Schema Therapy in Your Clinical Practice 

    by Arnoud Arntz

    A workshop for clinicians and clinical researchers who want to investigate ingredients of schema therapy, new applications, or contribute to the evidence base. 

    In this workshop I will discuss designs and methods that clinicians and clinical researchers can use to test relevant issues for the evidence base of Schema Therapy (ST) in relatively small samples (from 6 patients on). I will also discuss some of the most important issues on the research agenda of ST.

    The focus will primarily be on:

    1. (i) case series designs to test ST in new types of patients or to replicate previous findings
    2. (ii) experimental designs to test central techniques in ST that can be done in small samples

    The workshop includes didactic presentation but will also invite participants to play with their ideas and think out designs to test them, whilst feedback from the workshop leader is given. Moreover, participants can also bring in their own plans to have them discussed. 

    The workshop will focus more on conceptual thinking rather than on (statistical) techniques. 

    Note. The workshop is not about psychometric studies. 

    Afternoon Workshop: Training in Schema Therapy Using the Competency-Spiral Approach

    by Gerhard Zarbock

    10 Steps into Individual Schema Therapy: An Invitation to Experience, Discover and Reflect 

    This mini-workshop uses a newly developed teaching device, the Competency-Spiral Approach, to introduce you to individual schema therapy, developing your understanding and offering essential schema therapeutic skills in a systematic manner. 

    At the beginning of the workshop we jump right into the theme by exploring a mode activation via imagery. We then reflect on how a mode activation feels from the inside. After this experience we define conceptually a mode and provide you with a verbal map showing the landmark terms of the model. As teaching tools we will use self experience, imagery, peer practice, short lectures, group discussion, creative art work and short demonstrations on stage.

    You will experience the basic schema therapeutic strategies (e.g., contact vulnerable child, circumvent detached protector, protect vulnerable child, dis-empower punitive parent, console and re-educate vulnerable child). The workshop ends with your personal feedback, addressing your positive experiences as well as your reservations and problems with the schema approach. At the end you will get some written material listing the essential features of individual schema therapy to take home for further training. 

    Have You Decided? Make Your Choice By Clicking 'Register' Below

    ISST Summer School will take place June 11th through the 13th. The conference venue will be the centrally located Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore the magical St. Petersburg White Nights Festival together with fellow ISST colleagues. Reunite with your ISST friends and make new connections with fellow colleagues who share your passion for schema therapy from around the world.

    Visit the new ISST website for more details about the conference, including program listings, and exciting social adventures. Don't Miss Out: Register Now.

  • 19 Apr 2015 9:29 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    It's a great time to review your choices for your second day of Summer School, June 12th. Take a moment to read through the descriptions, then click the "Register" button below to make your choice for Day 2.

    Option 1: Individual Schema Therapy for Axis I Disorders

    by Eshkol Rafaeli & Offer Maurer

    The schema mode model, originally developed for the treatment of personality disorders, is gradually proving itself to be distinctly suited to address the vexing problems faced by individuals who suffer from various Axis-I disorders as well. Disorders such as depression, social anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD, and OCD are often highly comorbid with each other and with personality disorders, a fact which helps explain why even state-of-the-art methods for their treatment often have less-than- desirable effects. 

    Indeed, the complexity of problems, the interpersonal dysfunction that often accompanies them, and the difficulty forming trusting and collaborative bonds with the therapist often leave individuals with primary Axis-I disorders in great distress. 

    The schema therapy model, and particularly its recent developments which emphasize the role of modes, explicitly addresses schemas (and associated core beliefs), emotions, behaviors, and interpersonal difficulties, with the therapeutic relationship as the primary vehicle for change, make it highly suitable to target the entrenched belief systems and high levels of avoidance characteristic of both personality disorders and many axis-I disorders. 

    The workshop will address the following issues: 

    • a)  The problem of high comorbidity, which makes disorder-specific interventions less applicable (and which calls for the trans-diagnostic thinking characteristic of ST).
    • b)  Relatedly, the manner in which Axis-II pathology interferes with evidence-based techniques and protocols for addressing Axis-I problems - and the solutions that can be found in ST for such interference.
    • c)  Finally, the problem that arises with CBT and other evidence-based approaches which are premised on the presence of a “healthy adult” within the client. Sadly, many clients enter therapy with a weak-to-non-existent healthy adult mode, a realization which is at the core of ST.

    ST theory and techniques will be discussed, with the following emphases: 

    • a)  The importance of developing a formulation and treatment plan that addresses the underlying mode dynamics characteristic of the individuals suffering from particular disorders (Depression, Social Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, etc.).
    • b)  The manner in which assessing the currently-active mode drives differential therapist responses.
    • c)  The specific models suggested for each of the disorders, and the implementation of these models. 

    Option 2: Child & Adolescent Group Schema Therapy

    by Elena Romanova & Maria Galimzyanova

    This workshop will present the ST model for working with Children and adolescents in groups developed by Drs. Elena Romanova and Maria Galimzyanova. The approach is consistent with the ST model for children and adolescents and the Group ST model approved by the ISST for certification, combining a wide range of experiential interventions grounded in cognitive and behavioral change work.

    Core interventions include: group limited reparenting, group imagery re-scripting, mode-specific group role-plays, experiential group work and the distinctive two therapist model that is considered crucial for maintaining the essence of limited reparenting. The use of drawings, mode based play therapy, storytelling and fairytale therapy techniques, working with finger puppets and marionettes, sand-play, metaphors, mode role plays, imagery, “Inner House” and the use of flashcards are all described or demonstrated. These interventions can also be used in individual schema therapy and this use of them is also discussed dependent upon the interests of participants. Demonstrations by trainers with participants playing adolescents they are treating. Schema-coaching with parents is also described.

    The workshop incorporates: didactic sections with power-point and group discussion, demonstrations by trainers in which the workshop participants play patients, DVD segments of the trainers leading a group and many opportunities for participants to practice group interventions with coaching and feedback.

    Option 3: Advances and Challenges in Working with Complex Trauma, Dissociation and Personality Disorders

    by Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw

    This workshop focuses on ST interventions for the challenges these clients present and the schema activation and mode triggering therapists encounter in working with them. Creative adaptations of imagery rescripting and the development of the client’s “Good Parent” (part of the Healthy Adult mode) will be major foci. Techniques to deal with flashbacks, avoidance, detachment and dissociation are addressed – both in the session and plans for clients to use outside of therapy. The workshop will include case examples of clients who were successfully treated with schema therapy. The training will incorporate didactic sections, demonstrations by trainers in which the workshop participants play a group of clients, and opportunities for participants to practice these interventions with coaching and feedback. 

    Have You Decided? Make Your Choice By Clicking 'Register' Below

    ISST Summer School will take place June 11th through the 13th. The conference venue will be the centrally located Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore the magical St. Petersburg White Nights Festival together with fellow ISST colleagues. Reunite with your ISST friends and make new connections with fellow colleagues who share your passion for schema therapy from around the world.

    Visit the new ISST website for more details about the conference, including program listings, and exciting social adventures. Don't Miss Out: Register Now.

  • 08 Apr 2015 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Pocket the Savings and Beat the Early-Bird Discount Deadline of April 10th

    Which workshop will you attend on June 11th in St. Petersburg, your first day of ISST Summer School? Take a moment to read through the descriptions, then click the "Register" button below to lock-in your Early-Bird Savings, and your choice for Day 1.

    Option 1: Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents 

    by Maria Galimzyanova & Christof Loose

    In this workshop, first the schema therapeutic conceptual model (schemas, modes, coping strategies) and the underlying theory, are briefly outlined. Related to the children’s age, one of the 18 schemas defined by J.Young is described with their typical child and adolescent cognitions, coping strategies, and parental characteristics.

    Other topics include the multimodal diagnostic techniques (therapeutic relationship, psycho-education and empathic confrontation. Another focus is laid on working with drawings, mode-based play therapy, storytelling and fairytale therapy techniques, working with finger puppets and marionettes, sand-play, metaphors, chair work, imagery, "Inner House", the use of flash cards.

    Also we’ll focus on the work with parents in terms of "Schema Coaching." The participants will have a chance to play and enjoy themselves, experiencing the techniques and participating in different exercises used in ST-CA. 

    Option 2: Schema Couples Therapy: Healing Partners in a Love Relationship

    by Eckhard Roediger & Travis Atkinson

    Join us during this skill and intervention-focused workshop that starts with a brief introduction of how the schema therapy model can take advantage of the latest science in love relationships to improve outcomes for partners within a couple.

    After the introduction, we will cover three key parts:

    1. Assessing schemas and modes of each partner in a love relationship
    2. Applying effective interventions to de-escalate maladaptive mode loops and to create and reinforce adaptive schemas and modes 
    3. Consolidating new modes of interaction within the couple, and solidifying adaptive schemas in relation to self, the love relationship, and the world

    Each section includes clear illustrations, relevant video demonstrations of real couples, and practical role-plays to help you apply the interventions effectively with your couples.

    Objectives of the Workshop

    1. Identify core destructive cycles in couple dynamics, linking past and present associations with each partner’s schemas and modes. Set therapeutic goals as antidotes based on schemas and cycles.

    2. Effectively restructure negative cycles of a couple to address schemas and create new beliefs reinforced through a new pattern of emotional engagement.

    3. Solidify safety and security through continued reinforcement of the healthy cycle in a couple to heal injuries and schemas, minimizing the possibility of relapse. 

    Option 3: Empathic Confrontation in Individual Schema Therapy


    by Neele Reiss & Friederike Vogel

    Maladaptive coping modes such as Detached Protector or Self-Aggrandizer Mode are the cause of major difficulties in treating patients with various personality disorders. Rigid behavior patterns associated with these modes significantly influence other people’s, even therapist’s, reactions, often triggering them to behave in ways that reinforce the patient’s maladaptive schemas.

    Being specifically tailored towards changing maladaptive coping modes, empathic confrontation is a therapeutic intervention in Schema Therapy that is part of limited reparenting and at the same time a mode change strategy in its own right. It is a critical and difficult intervention for accomplishing the overall goal of Schema Therapy- to help patients get their adult needs met in a healthy manner – as it points out the negative effects of their currently used unhealthy mode driven behaviors and assists them in learning and using more adaptive behaviors.

    In this workshop the steps of empathic confrontation in Schema Therapy will be outlined to the participants. Difficult situations with patients in maladaptive coping modes in the treatment room and the empathic confrontation of the coping mode in these situations will be demonstrated. Participants will be given the possibility to try the different steps in empathic confrontation in small group role plays. 

    Have You Decided? Make Your Choice By Clicking 'Register' Below

    ISST Summer School will take place June 11th through the 13th. The conference venue will be the centrally located Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore the magical St. Petersburg White Nights Festival together with fellow ISST colleagues. Reunite with your ISST friends and make new connections with fellow colleagues who share your passion for schema therapy from around the world.

    Visit the new ISST website for more details about the conference, including program listings, and exciting social adventures. Register now.

  • 17 Mar 2015 3:41 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    "What Will You See+Do in St. Petersburg?"

     Venice of the North

    What will you see and do when you arrive in St. Petersburg for ISST Summer School 2015? Lonely Planet and Eyewitness Travel Guides recommend these top attractions:

    • Russian Museum: opened in 1898, one of the world's greatest collections of Russian art
    • Mariinsky Theater: known for its ballet company and a leading opera house, what is more Russian than seeing a ballet at this famous theater?
    • Nevskiy Prospekt: a stretch of St. Petersburg's main artery with a wealth of attractive buildings
    • Church on the Spilled Blood: this winning design was favored by Tsar Alexander III, with spellbinding domes and stunning mosaics
    • The Hermitage: many say this is the greatest museum in the world, with more Rembrandts than the Louvre, occupying an ensemble of buildings, including the gorgeous Winter Palace
    • Stieglitze Museum: this magnificient building was inspired by Italian Renaissance palaces
    • St. Isaac's Cathedral: one of the largest catherals in the world, designed in 1818, filled with hundreds of 19th-century art
    • Cathedral of Peter and Paul: a Baroque masterpiece of singular elegance, designed in 1712, and a must for any history buff
    • Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan: inspired by St. Peter's in Rome, one of St. Petersburg's most majestic churches
    • Alexander Nevsky Monastery: founded in 1710, an essentially Baroque complex is the burial place for many of Russia's leading cultural figures
    • St. Isaac's View: the top viewpoint of the historic center, rising majestically over the city with fantastic views of the river, the Winter Palace, and the Bronze Horseman
    • Take a Banya: immerse yourself in a real cultural experience for the detox of a lifetime, starting in a steam room, having your toxins removed through a sound birch-twig whipping, and then top it off with a plunge into ice-cold water
    ISST has organized several social excursions to help you connect with other members while exploring the magnificent city of St. Petersburg during the White Nights Festival. Early-Bird Discounts also apply to these social events, so don't miss the deadline: register by April 10th.

    ISST Summer School
    Do you want to enhance your skills and expertise as a schema therapist? ISST invites you to join us for Summer School 2015. We will be hosting top experts in the field of schema therapy to present at workshops designed to help you broaden and expand your work with select populations and areas. It is also an opportunity to earn the continuing education credits required of all certified schema therapists or add to your work toward certification.

    Since this is one of the busiest travel times to St. Petersburg, we suggest that you make your travel reservations now. ISST Summer School will take place June 11th through the 13th. The conference will be held at the centrally located Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota.

    Don't miss this opportunity to share your ideas with international colleagues informally, and to connect with fellow schema therapists who share your interests from around the world.

    Visit the new ISST website for more details about the conference, including program listings, and exciting social adventures. Early-Bird discounts end April 10th.

    Sources: Lonely Planet St. Petersburg February 2015, DK Eyewitness Travel St. Petersburg, April 2013.

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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