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"Individual & Group Schema Therapy for Children & Adolescents"

by Christof Loose & Mariya Galimzyanova

This workshop is part of the certification program in Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy. Participants who qualify will receive 6 credit hours toward certification or 6 general ISST continuing education credits.

Level: Beginner to Advanced Schema Therapist

Helpful Reading:

Arntz, A. & Jacob, G. (2012). Schema Therapy in Practice: An Introductory Guide to the Schema Mode Approach. John Wiley & Sons.

Farrell, J.M. & Shaw, I.A. (2012). Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual with Patient Workbook. John Wiley & Sons.

Rafaeli, E., Bernstein, D.P., & Young, J. (2011). Schema Therapy (CBT Distinctive Features). Taylor & Francis.)


    Schema Therapy (ST) developed by Jeffrey Young  addresses childhood developmental  centrally in its theory of etiology, diagnostic assessment and therapeutic interventions. The model of schemas, modes and the basic needs are examined throughout the course of life. Therefore, ST  seems to be also and especially in the field of child and adolescent therapy particularly suited to generate action-guiding, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts.

    In this Workshop, first the schema therapeutic conceptual model (schemas, modes, coping strategies), the underlying theory (central importance of core needs in the context of developmental tasks), and requirements in the therapeutic attitude (eg, concept of “limited reparenting” and “empathic confrontation”) are briefly outlined. Related to the children’s age one of the 18 schemas described by Young are outlined with their typical child and adolescent cognitions, coping strategies, and parental characteristics. In a glance schema therapeutic strategies with younger patients are demonstrated: Working with drawings, board-games, using storytelling and fairy tale therapy techniques, matrioshka model, cartoons, marionettes, sand-play, metaphors, and working with finger puppets. Another focus will be laid on the Group ST- CA.  The main features of Group ST with children and adolescents will be outlined.

    Also the main aspects of work with parents ("Schema Coaching for Parents") will be discussed.

    The participants will learn how to conduct a mode interview with children using finger puppets, hand puppets, people or character puppets, living puppets®, matrioshka, marionettes, or other play figures.    


    didactic, and dyadic    


    Workshop’s participants have learned the following contents:

    - Meaning/Importance of basic needs, early maladaptive schemas, modes and coping strategies

    - Psychoeducation through drawings and finger puppets

    - Limited re-parenting with child modes, especially with the vulnerable and angry child modes;

    - Schema Therapy for caregivers/parents (Schema Coaching)

    - Main features of Group ST with children.    

    Why Schema Therapy?

    Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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