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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




3.30 - 5.00


Attachment Styles and Schema Therapy

with Rita Younan and Gery Karantzas

Attachment theory is regarded as a foundational theoretical framework that underpins various aspects of the schema therapy model. These aspects include (but are not limited to) core emotional needs, the role of early life experiences with caregivers in shaping schemas, and coping responses. In this discussion, we draw on models of attachment system dynamics, measures for assessing attachment, and research in the field of adult attachment and early maladaptive schemas to discuss how attachment patterns are likely to align with various schema domains. We also draw on the findings from our recent quantitative review and case studies to further illustrate the likely associations between attachment patterns and schemas. The session will provide insights regarding case conceptualization and assessment, especially when working with clients who experience chronic relationship issues.

About the Presenters

Rita Younan

Dr Younan is the director and founder of the Schema Therapy Institute Australia.  Dr Younan works both in Individual and Group Schema Therapy and was the Director of The Schema Therapy Department at The Victoria Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  In collaborating with the founders of Group Schema Therapy, Professor Joan Farrell & Ms Ida Shaw, Dr Younan developed an intensive 4-week inpatient program in Group Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma and subsequent outpatient program.

Dr Younan has been provided with permission to empirically assess the feasibility and efficacy of this treatment program and recently presented the data as part of a Schema Therapy Panel at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.  Dr Younan was invited to present this data in Vienna, Austria at the International Conference for Schema Therapy as part of a panel devoted to Group Schema Therapy.

Dr. Younan is a member of the executive board for the International Society of Schema Therapy and holds the position of Training Co-Ordinator; she is also a member of the Group Certification Committee and the Training and Certification Advisory Board for Schema Therapy.

Dr Younan is a clinical supervisor/teacher for Australian Catholic University at the Post-Graduate level and a research consultant with a number of tertiary institutions studying the effectiveness of Schema Therapy across various clinical applications.

Gery Karantzas

Gery Karantzas is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Director of the Science of Adult Relationships (SoAR) Laboratory at Deakin University. He is one of Australia’s foremost experts in adult attachment and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading relationship scientists.  

Gery has delivered workshops, seminars and lectures in relationship science to the general public, graduate and undergraduate students, and professionals for over a decade. He has edited and authored over 70 publications including the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (co-edited with Pat Noller) and Adult Attachment: A Concise Introduction to Theory and Research (co-authored with Omri Gillath and R. Chris Fraley).

Gery has received training and collaborated with some of the world’s leading experts and pioneers in adult attachment including: Professor Phillip Shaver (University of California, Davis), Professor Jeffry Simpson (University of Minnesota), and Professor Pat Noller and Associate Professor Judith Feeney (University of Queensland). His research activities into adult attachment and relationships more generally have been funded by grants from the Australian Research Council, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the National Medical Health and Research Council and beyondblue, totaling over $5 million.

Gery writes for the Conversation and Psychology Today, and his articles have received over 1.5 million reads and regularly contacted by the media to discuss all matters on relationships. He is also the founder of relationshipscienceonline.com, a website that curates and delivers the science of relationships to target the needs of relationship counsellors and the general public. 

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