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Schema Therapy Education



Canada is excited to announce the opening of the Canadian Center for
Schema Therapy Training, the first Schema Training program in Canada! Currently, there is an increasing demand for Schema Therapy in Canada, however the number of qualified Schema Therapists, Supervisors and Trainers can not keep up with the rising interest level.


Schema therapy is an evidence based form of counselling that was developed in the United States by Jeffrey Young in the 1980’s, and has a strong presence there and throughout the world. Although internationally recognized, it is still relatively new to Canada.


Canada is ready to have its own training program to promote Schema Therapy both in Canada, and internationally. The CCSTT is offering virtual modular training with internationally recognized and Canadian
trainers, as well as Schema Therapy Certification for both Standard and
Advanced Levels.

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The CCSTT program was conceptualized as a forum to promote Schema Therapy training in Canada. Historically, ST has been slow to develop a presence in Canada, however in recent years, there has been demonstrably more awareness and interest in this therapeutic modality. It seems timely to begin to develop a Canadian center, to open up opportunities for training and education, and to
develop Canada’s own Schema Therapists, Supervisors and Trainers.

The CCSTT is located in central Canada, in Oakville, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. This cosmopolitan city offers a multicultural milieu, with access to some of the world’s best shopping, dining and entertainment, hotels and business facilities.


The CCSTT was established by Frances Miller MSW, RSW (Program Training Director), and Margaret Black B Comm (CCSTT Training Organizer).

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Margaret Black


Frances Miller


Frances Miller MSW, RSW draws upon over 30 years of experience as a therapist in Family, Marital and Individual Counselling, with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and memberships in the OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers), OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers), and the ISST (International Society for Schema Therapy). Frances's integrative approach to therapy is influenced by a specialty in Schema Therapy, as well as training and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Insight Oriented/Psychodynamic, Systems and Attachment perspectives. Frances is an ISST Certified Advanced Schema Therapist, and Supervisor/Trainer.

Early in her career, Frances worked in community children's mental health in Toronto and Scarborough, focusing on healthy parenting of teens and children, and trauma treatment. She participated in a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment with SASAT (Scarborough Agencies Sexual Abuse Team) and HSAP (Halton Sexual Abuse Program), with a particular interest in adult female survivors of childhood abuse. Through these opportunities, Frances developed strong skills in working with individuals and family systems facing life crises individually and in their relationships. Presently located in Oakville, Frances's private practice is designed to meet client's needs across the lifespan, with a focus on treatment for anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. She is currently the Director of the Oakville Schema Therapy Center, offering schema based interventions to individuals, couples and groups, as well as consultation to other professionals in the community. She is the C0-owner and Training Director for the Canadian Center for Schema Therapy Training.

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Margaret Black, BComm, is a skilled instructional designer and facilitator with over 25 years of experience. Her expertise includes developing and leading classroom, virtual and online professional development training. Margaret understands that it’s not easy to find the time to participate in training. Her goal is to ensure that attending CCSTT training sessions is time well spent - that sessions are educational, actionable, efficient and engaging. Its Margaret’s job to work with our expert presenters to align training with these standards, and to ensure that its easy and convenient for you to learn about, register for and participate in our training sessions. Margaret will work behind the scenes during all training sessions to ensure the virtual experience is positive, and to help you deal with any technical challenges you encounter in connecting to a session. She is the Co-owner and Training Organizer of the Canadian Center for Schema Therapy Training.

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