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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 4: 1.15 - 2.15


Dancing with the Detached Protector: An Attunement-Based Approach to Connecting with the Vulnerable Child with Robert Brockman

One of the most difficult tasks the schema therapist faces are those clients who present to session with a very strong detached protector mode that feels immovable, or that in some way functions to block the most powerful elements of a schema-based treatment. A standard ST approach to bypassing such modes does not always appear enough to help ‘connect to the vulnerable child.'

In this 1-hour presentation, Rob will present a functional model of the detached protector, proposing multiple pathways to strong detachment coping that have implications for treatment. Further, Rob will present a 5-Step process model of attunement, designed to increase the felt level of attunement in the session, and boost connection with client vulnerability.This will include a short role play with Rob demonstrating how to apply this framework in a contact of a session with strong coping modes.

About the Presenter

Robert Brockman

Robert is a clinical psychologist and researcher living and working out of sunny Sydney. From 2010-2017 Robert's work life consisted of supervising and lecturing on Clinical Psychology Masters programs (Western Sydney University; University of Technology) and running a small private practice. This practice has evolved into Schema Therapy Sydney the first schema therapy focused private practice to be established in Sydney. Rob has been affiliated with Schema Therapy Training Australia for the past 5 years and now regularly provides accredited schema trainings across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Just this year Rob co-authored a new schema therapy book Contextual Schema Therapy along with Eckhard Roediger and Bruce Stevens (published by New Harbinger in June 2018). His central contribution to this work has been on integrating 3rd wave techniques (e.g. Mindfulness, Self-compassion, Values) to explicitly build the healthy adult mode in schema therapy.

In 2016 in Vienna, Rob was honoured by ISST colleagues with the 'Young Investigator' award for his research on the application of schema therapy to GAD and pathological worry processes. Rob currently holds a senior research fellowship with Australian Catholic University where he currently engaged in clinical research focusing on extending the schema model into novel populations (e.g. GAD, Eating Disorders, HIV Sufferers, Problem Gamblers, Forensic Patients, and Psychosis), Schema Therapy Self-Reflection/Self-Practice (with Joan and Ida), and the cross-cultural application of schema therapy (with Malaysian and Singaporean colleagues). From 2015-current Rob has been consultant supervisor on a multi-site open trial of group schema therapy for eating disorders (with Susan Simpson & Evelyn Smith).

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