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David Edwards 

Honorary Life Membership - ISST General Membership Assembly September 2022 

David Edwards  is an Emeritus Professor at Rhodes University in South Africa, where, for over 25 years, he taught cognitive-behavioural therapy (including schema therapy) to trainee clinical and counselling psychologists. He also offered intensive workshops to students using expressive therapies including psychodrama, clay sculpture, drawing and dance. Since his retirement, at the end of 2009, he continues to work as a researcher and research supervisor. He trained in cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and transpersonal approaches to psychotherapy, and has a longstanding interest in psychotherapy integration. He was fortunate to be introduced to schema therapy by Jeffrey Young, in the 1980s and has followed its development from its beginnings.  He is a Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and the United Kingdom and has an active private practice offering psychotherapy and clinical supervision. Through the Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa, he presents basic and advanced training workshops in schema therapy locally and internationally. Within the ISST he served on the CCC (now the Ethics and Conflict Resolution) Committee, and is currently on the Case Conceptualization Committee. He was ISST President from 2016-2020. 

He has over 100 academic publications in the form of journal articles and book chapters.  The focus of many of these is trauma and complex trauma.  Several of them are clinical case studies, including chapters in two recent books on schema therapy for eating disorders, one in German (2016) and one in English (2019).  He is one of the editors of Case studies within psychotherapy trials: Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods (2017). He has also contributed to the ISST’s Schema Therapy Bulletin. His most recent publication (2022) is a clinically focused article on using schema modes in case conceptualization.

Some recent publications

Edwards, D. J. A. (2022). Using Schema Modes for Case Conceptualization in Schema Therapy: An Applied Clinical Approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.763670/full

Edwards, D. J. A. (2019). From surface structure to deep structure in working experientially with schema modes. Schema Therapy Bulletin, 15, 9-14.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2019). Finding and reparenting the lonely child behind the Anorexic Overcontroller. In Evelyn Smith and Susan Simpson (Eds). Schema therapy for eating disorders: Theory,  practice and group treatment manual.  Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2019). Systematic case study research in clinical and counselling psychology. In S. Laher, A. Fynn & S. Kramer (Eds.), Transforming research methods in the social sciences: Case studies from South Africa (Chapter 10). Johannesburg: Witspress.  Open access at http://oapen.org/search?identifier=1004359

Fishman, D. B., Messer, S. B., Edwards, D. J. A., & Dattilio, F.M. (Eds.) (2017). Case studies within psychotherapy trials: Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2017). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of schema modes in a single case of anorexia nervosa: Part 1 - Background, method and Child and Parent modes. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 17 (1), 1-13.  doi: 10.1080/20797222.2017.1326728

Edwards, D. J. A. (2017). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of schema modes in a single case of anorexia nervosa: Part 2 - Coping modes, Healthy Adult mode, superordinate themes and implications for research and practice. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 17 (1), 1-12.  doi: 10.1080/20797222.2017.1326730

Edwards, D. J. A. (2016). Reparenting in der Schematherapie- eine Fallstudie bei Anorexia nervosa. In C. Archonti, E. Roediger & M. de Zwaan (Eds.), Schematherapie bei Essstörungen (pp. 163-191). Weinheim, Germany: Beltz.

Padmanabhanunni, A., & Edwards, D. J. A. (2015). A case study of social cognitive treatment of PTSD in a South African rape survivor:  The central role of case formulation. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (2): 174-194. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2015.997412

Edwards, D. J. A. (2015, May). Self Pity/Victim: A Surrender Schema Mode. Schema Therapy Bulletin, 1 (1), 3-6.  Available at http://www.schematherapysociety.org/STB-May-2015

Edwards, D. J. A. (2014).  Schemas in clinical practice: What they are and how we can change them. Independent Practitioner, 34 (1), 10-13.

Padmanabhanunni, A., & Edwards, D. J. A. (2014). A phenomenological case study of the therapeutic impact of imagery rescripting of memories of a rape and episodes of childhood abuse and neglect.  Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 14, (1), 1-16. DOI:10.2989/IPJP.2104.1.3.1235 

Edwards, D. J. A. & Young C. (2013).  Assessment in routine clinical and counselling settings.  In S. Laher and K. Cockroft (Eds.) Psychological assessment in South Africa: Research and applications (pp. 320-335).  Johannesburg: Wits University Press. Open access available at http://oapen.org/search?identifier=1004362

Padmanabhanunni, A., & Edwards, D. J. A. (2013). Treating the psychological sequelae of proactive drug-facilitated sexual assault: Knowledge building through systematic case-based research.  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41 (3), 371-375. doi: 10.1017/S1352465812000896.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2013).  Responsive integrative treatment of PTSD and trauma related disorders: An expanded evidence-based model.  Journal of Psychology in Africa, 23 (1), 7-19.

Van der Linde, F. & Edwards, D. J. A. (2013).  "It's like uprooting trees:" Responsive treatment for a case of complex post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple rapes.  Journal of Psychology in Africa, 23 (1), 20-29.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2013). From panic disorder to complex traumatic stress disorder: Retrospective reflections on the case of Tariq. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 13 (2), 1-14. DOI: 10.2989/IPJP.2013. 

Edwards, D. J. A. & Arntz, A. (2012). Schema therapy in historical perspective. In M. Van Vrieswijk, J. Broersen, & M. Nadort (Eds.), The Wiley/Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory, research and practice (pp. 3-26). Chichester: Wiley.

Raby, C. & Edwards, D. J. A. (2011).  Unrecognized hospital trauma as a source of complex psychiatric symptoms:  A systematic case study with implications for children's rights and evidence-based practice. Psychotherapy Research, 21 (5), 541-553.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2011). Invited essay: From ancient shamanic healing to 21st century psychotherapy: The central role of imagery methods in effecting psychological change. In, A. Hackmann, J. Bennett-Levy, & E. Holmes.  Oxford guide to imagery in cognitive therapy (pp. xxxiii-xlii). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dattilio, F. M., Edwards, D. J. A., & Fishman, D. B. (2010). Case studies within a mixed methods paradigm: towards a resolution of the alienation between researcher and practitioner in psychotherapy research. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice & Training, 47 (4), 427-441. 

Boulind, M., & Edwards, D. J. A. (2008).  The assessment and treatment of post-abortion syndrome: A systematic case study from Southern Africa.   Journal of Psychology in Africa, 18, 539-548.

Edwards, D. J. A. (2007). Restructuring implicational meaning through memory-based imagery: Some historical notes.  Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 38, 306-316.

These as well as many of his other publications are available in full text from his Researchgate page:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Edwards16/contributions






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