Introduction to Schema Therapy
Are you a counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist or other mental-health professional who would like to know more about schema therapy? Whichever modality you work in – whether that’s CBT, psychodynamic, person-centred or integrative therapy – on this one-day workshop you will learn highly effective ways of understanding and treating even the most complex clients that come into your consulting room. Schema therapy is a warm, compassionate and theoretically sophisticated approach – and you can learn to apply schema therapy skills to your own practice and start using them straight away.
On this workshop you will learn:
Why schema therapy’s transdiagnostic approach helps you see beyond narrow diagnoses or clusters of symptoms to embrace the full uniqueness and complexity of the people who seek your help
How the integrative nature of schema therapy allows you to ‘plug in’ a wide range of theoretical approaches, techniques and ways of working to virtually every therapy modality currently on offer
How to assess your clients’ (and your own) schemas using the Young Schema Questionnaire, the gold-standard measure for the 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas
How to understand and formulate your client’s modes, as well as how to draw up a ‘mode map’
The use of modes to make sense of tricky presentations, such as personality problems and ‘treatment resistant’ anxiety disorders, depression or eating disorders
Why ‘experiential techniques’ such as imagery and chair work are so crucial in schema therapy and how to incorporate these powerful techniques into your practice, whichever modality you work in
How to work relationally in order to repair therapeutic ruptures, or overcome common obstacles and resistance from clients
Why schema therapy’s signature therapeutic stance, ‘limited reparenting’, offers a uniquely warm, compassionate and authentic way of relating to your clients, helping to heal problems with attachment or painful wounds from childhood trauma, abuse or neglect
How to embrace complexity and feel empowered to help even the most troubled, hard-to-treat clients that come into your consulting room
The course involves a combination of didactic teaching, video and live demonstrations, discussion and skills practice to create a stimulating learning experience.