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Schema Therapy Techniques

Event number: 17277
5 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Professor Bruce Stevens MAPS MCCLP MCFP

Schema Therapy has been designed to treat disturbed people, including those with chronic mood disorders and personality disorder. There is now considerable evidence of effectiveness with RCTs. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce this therapy with a practical emphasis on learning and using experiential techniques such as cognitively challenging schemas (counterpoint), chair-work with modes, limited re-parenting for childhood experiences and sentence completion for emotional learning. The day is broken up into four sessions in which each session will introduce a skill to be practiced by participants.

(a)  Introduction to ST, scientific evidence of effectiveness, 18 schemas, Young’s childhood needs, YSQ-3 test, etc. Schema Attunement. Demonstration and practice of the skill in groups of three.

(b)  Introduction to Modes. How to recognise in ‘here and now’. See a video and fill out Mode Map. Chair-work role play by participants in groups of three to challenge Demanding Parent. Then leader to demonstrate other ways to use chairs with multiple modes. LUNCH BREAK

(c)  Re-parenting Visualisation Introduction and research. Leader illustrates with Lemon visualisation. Participants practice Behaviour Activation visualisation in dyads. The use of re-scripting to meet childhood needs. Visualisation practice with 'one thing I would have liked to hear an employer say.' AFTERNOON TEA BREAK

(d)  Theoretical integration of schemas and modes. Emotional learning from B. Ecker (discuss memory reconsolidation as a possible neurological mechanism). Case illustration of Sandra. Sentence completion intervention. Practice with a case study in role plays. Final leader led visualisation about ‘what will you take from today and put into practice?' Evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this training participants will be able to:

1.    Understand Schema Therapy including the research basis

2.    Use schema attunement

3.    Begin to use chair-work with modes

4.    Begin to use visualisation with re-scripting memories

5.    Understand the integration of schemas, modes and emotional learning


6.    Use of sentence completion for emotional learning.

About the presenter(s)

Professor Bruce A Stevens is a professor at CSU with a small private practice at Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has trained and had individual supervision in Coherence Therapy. He has Advanced Schema Therapy accreditation with ISST in individual and couple therapy. Until recently he was convenor of the MCP program at the University of Canberra. He gives professional workshops with the APS on a regular basis. He has written six books, including 'Mirror, Mirror' (2000), on narcissism in relationships. The most recent books are: Schema therapy for couples: A practitioners guide to healing relationships, with international authors Dr Chiara DiFrancesco (USA) and Dr Eckhard Roediger (Germany), Walden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015; and Happy ever after? A practical guide to relationship counselling for clinical psychologists' (Australian Academic Press, 2011) with Dr Malise Arnstein.


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Online registration


The Mind Room
5 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 24/6/2017
End date: 24/6/2017
Time: 10.30am-4.30pm


APS Member: $165.00
APS Student: $165.00
Non Member: $330.00


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