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  • 30 Jul 2018 5:28 PM | Dr. Joan Farrell (Administrator)

    Dear ISST Members-

    I will be on vacation for the month of August and will not be reviewing certification applications or returning Training & Certifcation emails during that time. I have caught up with all the applications and questions sent to me up to today. There may be some delay in certificates being issued this month as our hardworking Office Manager is trying to catch up from a huge workload after the conference along with the much greater number of certifications being processed. You may not realize that my job, as the rest of the Executive Board,  is volunteer and our office staff up to now has been part time. The gratifying increase in ISST membership, training programs and certified schema therapists as well as an increased number of specialty certifications requires that we make some changes, You will receive notice soon about an online GMA vote on splitting T & C Coordinator into two positions. I hope that you will vote in favor of this as the tasks are too much for one volunteer. I will not be running again for the position, but know that there are very able members who are willing to be nominated in the upcoming election. I also have a heavy travel for training schedule the rest of the year, so will not be able to devote the day or more a week thst I usually give to ISST. Hopefully the new Executive Board members in this area will get the process moving again.

    Warm regards,


  • 14 Dec 2017 11:19 AM | Dr. Joan Farrell (Administrator)

    Dear all-

    I would like to wish you all happy, joyful and peaceful holidays. I am taking a break this year from December 15 until Jan 15. During tht time I will not be answering routine training and certification questions or evaluating applications for certification or training programs. Many of the questions I am asked can be answered by consulting the material on the website. If you do a search that may be the easiest way to find what you need. I have tried to spell out the process of certification and the requirements in full on the website.

    We have had a large number of proposals for training workshops and skill classes in the 2018 AMsterdam conference. I anticipate a very stimulating and rewarding conference this round in the training area. We should be posting info on these offerings by late January.



  • 05 Dec 2014 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    by Travis Atkinson

    Cathy Flanagan, one of the original contributors to developing the schema therapy model with Jeff Young, recently published a controversial article in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Psychotherapy Integration (2014 Vol. 24, No 3, 208-222) offering a new way to approach longer-term mental health issues through addressing unmet needs and maladaptive modes. Cathy describes a matrix of 8 modes healthy individuals experience. Modes are distinct patterns representing coping strategies to help individuals adapt to situations and to satisfy needs. Cathy defines a matrix that differentiates modes to help develop treatments to effectively meet the needs of individuals. 

    Three Concerns: In her article, Cathy raises three concerns related to schema mode therapy. First, shifting the focus from early maladaptive schemas to an emphasis on early attachments, unmet needs are not necessarily connected to early maladaptive schema or modes. Second, the number of modes seems to be ever-expanding, even up to 22, raising the complexity of the model. Cathy's matrix concept, she proposes, is a way to identify and differentiate between coping modes linked to unmet needs and early maladaptive schemas. Third, advances in cognitive science may contradict views that patients only have one coping style, or that cognitions, emotions, and behaviors change synchronically--rather, they change independently of one another, she states.

    Definitions: Cathy defines modes as adaptive strategies to satisfy cognitive, emotional, and behavioral components of needs. The goal, she writes, is to help individuals meet core needs through developing more flexible and effective modes. Strategies to meet core needs can be increased to help core needs be met.

    Cathy's Gift to ISST Members: Cathy has generously provided us with a copy of her article in its entirety. To read Cathy's work, please click: Flanagan_(2014)__Unmet_Needs___Maladaptive_Modes.pdf

    Cathy Flanagan is a Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She has a private practice in Manhattan, and is one of the original founders of the schema therapy model.

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