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Schema Therapy for Common Psychological Problems: A 2-day Workshop

Event number: 17530
12 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Tracey Hunter

This 2-day workshop is suitable for therapists who are interested in applying Schema Therapy to common psychological problems including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. It will suit therapists new to Schema Therapy, as well as therapists who have already attended training in Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders but wish to use the Schema approach with a broader client population. 

Learning Objectives

1: For participants to gain knowledge of the original Schema Model and Mode Model developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young, including the link between the 5 core emotional needs of childhood, the 18 maladaptive schemas and maladaptive modes that underlie psychological distress.

2: For participants to learn how to assess clients from a Schema Therapy conceptualisation, including assessments of schemas, core beliefs, modes and key images from childhood.

3: For participants to learn the schemas and modes that are associated with chronic depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders, and to understand the unmet needs that are perpetuating these Axis I disorders. 

4: For participants to learn cognitive techniques, imagery techniques, and behavioural pattern breaking methods to assist clients in healing from long-term difficulties with depression, anxiety and eating disorders and get their emotional needs met.

Day 1 - Schema Therapy for Common Axis I Disorders including chronic depression, GAD and Eating Disorders

The first day will provide participants with an invaluable tool that specifically addresses the root of the client’s common emotional problems, so that treatment is targeted at the cause and not merely the symptom. The focus will be on how the Schema model has been developed in research and in practice to incorporate the treatment of common Axis I disorders. This workshop will start by exploring the early maladaptive schemas frequently found in clients with chronic and reactive depression, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), and disordered eating. The workshop will cover the unmet childhood needs commonly associated with adult depression, worry, and disordered eating. Participants will be provided with protocol to assess clients from a Schema Therapy approach depending on the presenting complaints, and have the opportunity to apply the material form the workshop to specific clients throughout the training. Once the schema conceptualisation is established, the workshop will cover cognitive strategies that are targeted at the specific schemas underlying the presenting Axis I disorder. The workshop will conclude with targeted behavioural interventions to overcome the maintaining behaviours associated with these disorders.

  • 9:00am - A review of the Schema model and unmet childhood needs: Attachment wounds, mastery, internalisation of fear, and the need for control.
  • 10.30am Morning tea
  • 11:00am - Assessment and formulation clients with depression, anxiety and disordered eating from a Schema Therapy approach
  • 12:45pm lunch
  • 1:30pm - Cognitive strategies to target belief patterns associated with schemas in depression, GAD and disordered eating.
  • 3:00pm Afternoon tea
  • 3:30pm - Behavioural strategies to target belief patterns associated with schemas in depression, GAD and disordered eating.
  • 5:00pm Workshop Concludes 

Day 2 - Advanced Schema Therapy: Working with Maladaptive Modes in Common Axis I Disorders

The second day will provide participants with skills and knowledge to enable them to use the mode work approach within Schema Therapy with common Axis I disorders including chronic depression, GAD, and eating disorders. It assumes a basic understanding of the original Schema Therapy model. The focus of this workshop is on developing competence in using Mode Work to identify the various maladaptive modes present in chronic Axis I disorders, with the goal of strengthening the client’s “Healthy Adult” and reparenting the vulnerable child mode, while reducing the use of maladaptive coping modes and dysfunctional parent modes. Specific attention will be given to experiential techniques including imagery work and chairwork.

  • 9:00am Schema Therapy: Introduction to the Mode Model. Linking knowledge of the mode model to Axis I Disorders.
  • 10.30am Morning tea
  • 11:00am Assessment and case conceptualisation for Mode Work
  • 12:45pm lunch
  • 1:30pm Experiential techniques: Imagery work
  • 3:00pm afternoon tea
  • 3:30pm Experiential techniques: Chair work and role play
  • 4:15pm The Therapy Relationship (II): Working with Therapy Ruptures and Maladaptive Modes
  • 5:00pm Workshop concludes


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About the presenter(s)

Dr Tracey Hunter
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), PhD(Clin), MAPS
Accredited Schema Therapist (Member - ISST)

Dr Hunter is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in the psychology profession. She completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University in 2005. Dr Hunter initially worked as a child psychologist in outpatient and inpatient settings, before she entered private practice and consulting work 10 years ago. Dr Hunter now primarily treats adults with a range of psychological concerns, including Axis I and Axis II disorders. She previously conducted psychological assessments and investigations for insurance claims and work-related disputes. She has delivered workshops in the areas of mediation, communication skills, CBT, and Schema Therapy. In 2011 Dr Hunter travelled to New York to undertake Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy, receiving training from the founder of Schema Therapy, Dr. Jeffrey Young and his colleagues. She completed this training in early 2012 and since this time has been delivering workshops nationally in Schema Therapy and supervising other therapists in this approach. Dr Hunter is passionate about using Schema Therapy with clients who wish to change their destructive life patterns learned earlier in life and find new ways to get their emotional needs met.


Places are strictly limited. Registrations will close when places are full or on April 27, 2017 - please contact the organiser for more information after this time

Online registration


Hotel Grand Chancellor
23 Leichhardt St
Brisbane, QLD 4059
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 4/5/2017
End date: 5/5/2017
Time: 9.00am-5.00pm each day


APS member: $325
APS student member: $200
Non APS member: $600


APS - Brisbane Area Branch
Contact Steph Beckey
1800 333 497