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  • 04 Feb 2019 1:20 PM | David Edwards

    Dear Advanced Level Certified Schema Therapist who are not yet but would like to be ST Trainer/Supervisor Certified:

    I, Jeff Conway,  am happy to announce the semi-annual required 3-hour ISST Training & Certification Basics Webinar in English:

    This is the Webinar that must be completed by all who want to be qualified as ISST Certified Trainer-Supervisors.  This is required also a required Webinar for those achieving T-S in any of the specialty areas (Group, Couples, Child & Adolescent).  To be clear, you only need to participate in this Webinar once, whether it be for Individual ST Training or Supervising or for Training and Supervising in any of the other ST Specialty Areas.

    I will give this Webinar on Tuesday, March 5th, from 8:30 – 11:30 AM (EDT – New York time).  Please check for the corresponding times relevant to the location you will be attending the Webinar.

    If there are a significant number of Australian members who would like to participate in the Webinar, I will be willing to run it again on the same day at in the evening at 8:15-11:15 PM (EDT – New York time).

    We will use Zoom for this Webinar.  I will send a Zoom invitation to your email address a few days before we meet.  This is an easy web conferencing platform that will download the software in a few minutes when you tap on the invitation link (if you already have the software from participating in previous Zoom meetings, the Webinar will appear immediately after clicking on the link).

    Please fill out the registration form enclosed and designate on the form your method of payment of the $45 fee.  I ask that all registration forms be emailed to me and payments made by the deadline of February 22nd.  Email the registration form to my email address: JCONWAYNY@GMAIL.COM.

    Note that this Webinar is ONLY for members who are Certified as Advanced Schema Therapists, who began their training before January of 2014.  All those for began their training on or after January of 2014 will be required to have 3 years of clinical work providing Schema Therapy subsequent to certification and then participate in a 12-hour Webinar Workshop which will include the 3-hour Webinar in order to be certified as a ST Trainer/Supervisor.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Warmly, Jeff Conway

    ISST Training Coordinator

    Affiliate Faculty of NY/NJ Schema Therapy Center

  • 05 Dec 2014 4:00 PM | Deleted user

    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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