Schema Therapy Session
Date & Time
Thursday, September 21 from 11am -1 pm EST
Virtual (Zoom Video)
A Unique Approach to Some of the Most Challenging Issues in Treatment: Schema Therapy, Concepts and Tools
Schema therapy is an innovative, integrative therapeutic approach, originally developed (by Dr. Jeffrey Young) as an expansion of traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments. The schema approach draws from cognitive-
behavioral therapy, attachment theory, psychodynamic concepts, and emotion-focused therapies, emphasizing lifelong patterns, affective change techniques, and the therapy relationship – with special emphasis on imagery rescripting and empathic confrontation.
Schema therapy is particularly well-suited for difficult, resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological disorders, including personality disorders (such as BPD and narcissism), eating disorders, intractable relationship problems, and unremitting emotional problems. It is also effective for relapse prevention in
depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Evidence has shown that clients who spend years gaining valuable insight with other treatments, but who are frustrated by their lack of progress, often respond well to the active, systematic, flexible, and depth-oriented schema approach.
This seminar will include a combination of teaching methods, including lecture, handouts, video clips, demonstrations, question-and-answer periods, and the discussion of the obstacles we face in the treatment room, including therapist's own schemas.
BY THE END OF THIS WORKSHOP, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
1. Learn how to assess and conceptualize some of the most challenging cases in Schema terms.
2. Begin to learn to identify Schema Modes and activating conditions in the client’s life.
3. Develop a robust treatment formulation based on the linking of current problems with client’s innate makeup, early unmet needs, schemas, and coping styles
4. Help clients “make sense” out of self-defeating life patterns and emotional distress through the maintenance of a robust therapy relationship.
5. Identify “personal” triggering conditions in the treatment room, and strategies for maintaining a sturdy, genuine, and healthy adult mode.
6. Be exposed to an overview of strategies such as: (1) Imagery (2) Mode Dialogues (3) Empathic Confrontation (4) Bypassing Avoidance (5) Setting Limits (6) Adaptive (limited) Re-Parenting Stance (7) Behavioral Pattern-Breaking