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Schema Therapy Techniques

Event number: 19090
5 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Prof 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 recognize 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

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

(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 visualization 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.   Introduction to Schema Therapy including research basis;

2.   Use schema attunement

3.   Begin to use chair-work with modes;

4.   Begin to use visualization with re-scripting memories;

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

6.   Use of sentence completion for emotional learning.



*The Study Group Network aims to keep fees affordable and does not provide lunch. Morning/afternoon tea is included and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby.

About the presenter(s)

Prof Bruce A Stevens is (MAPS Clinical and Forensic Colleges), 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 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.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

Online registration


The Mind Room
5 Glasshouse Rd
Collingwood , VIC 3066
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 9/2/2018
End date: 9/2/2018
Time: 10.30am-4.30pm


APS member: $165
APS student member: $165
Non APS member: $330


APS - Melbourne Branch
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