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List Of Group Schema Therapy Certified Trainer-Supervisors

Group Certification Committee Members and Trainer-Supervisors

  1. Erlend Aschehoug - Committee Chair
  2. Dr. Rita Younan, AU
  3. Kerry Beckley, UK 
  4. Ida Shaw, USA
  5. Heather Fretwell, USA
  6. Paul Kaysanik, Russian Federation
  7. Elena Romanova, Russian Federation

Additional Trainer-Supervisors

1.   Joan Farrell, USA
2.   Maria Galimzyanova, Russian Federation
3.   Marit Olsen, Norway
4.   Kristine Sorensen, Norway 
5.   Susanne Vind, Denmark
6.   Guido Sijbers, Netherlands
7.   Michiel Van Vreeswijk, Netherlands
8.   Susan Simpson, Australia
9.   Jenny Broersen, Netherlands
10. Odette Brand, Netherlands
11.  Eva Fassbinder, Germany
12.  Louise Sainsbury, UK
13.  Christine Zens, Germany

14. Igor Nenadic, Germany 
15. Maria Rocher, NL
16. Rachel Worthington, UK

17. Agnes Sullivan, UK
18. Friederike Vogel, Germany 
19. Christoph Fuhrhans, SWZ 
20. Wendy Behary, USA

21. Erlend Aschehoug, Norway
22. Hannie van Genderen, NL
23. Neele Reiss, Germany
24. Rita Younan, Australia
25. Jo Wilson, UK
26. Patrick Harper, UK
27. Kristen Bousfield, UK
28. Janis Briedis, UK
Anna Lavender, UK
Rachel Horsman, UK
Kim Reid
32. Rebekah Honey

33. Bastian Willenborg, DE

34. Christian Ferreira de Vasconcellos, DE

35. Eelco Muste

GST Approved Certification Training Programs (contact info right column)

  1. Schema Therapy Institute Midwest -  Indianapolis, USA
  2. IPSTI-Mainz, Germany
  3. St. Petersburg STI, Russia
  4. Schematherapie in Bedrijf, NL
  5. Schema Therapy Denmark
  6. Schema Therapy Solutions, UK
  7. Group Schema Therapy Scandinavia, Norway
  8. Schema Therapy Institute, London
  9. Schema Therapy Institute, Australia 

Certified Group Schema Therapists

Advanced Certification Group ST

1. Tatiana Kulikova, RU

2. Vivian Rahn, DE

3. Bastian Willenborg, DE

4. Julia Krupka, SW

5. Rosie Reubsaet, NL

6. Florian Ruths, UK

7. Christian Ferreira de Vasconcellos, DE

8. Dr. Rita Younan, Australia

9. Lynda Parry, Australia

Standard Certification Group Schema Therapy

  1. Alexandra Gall-Peters, DE           
  2. Silka Ringer, DE
  3. Jari Peltomaa
  4. Tarja Koffert
  5. John Atkinson
  6. Erik Stolk
  7. Suzanne Schiereck

ISST Certified Group Schema Therapist Requirements

The ISST now has a separate certification in Group Schema Therapy. The required curriculum, supervision hours and practice were developed over the last two years by a committee appointed by the ISST Executive Board. The requirements for the Group version of Schema Therapy certification are described here. Group certification is separate from individual ST certification.  A prerequisite of beginning group training for those not already certified in individual ST is attendance at 12 hours of training in the ST model, which can be obtained through any of the ISST approved training programs in Individual ST.  Rita Yunan is the chair of the Group ST Committee. All applications for certification and questions should be directed to her at: Rita Yunan

Group Schema Therapy is the application of the full model of ST (i.e. cognitive, experiential or emotion-focused and behavioral pattern-breaking interventions). A short paper by Jeff Young and Joan Farrell describing the model of group ST upon which certification is based can be found in the attachments for this page. Advanced level trainer-Supervisors who want to apply to have an approved training program in Group ST must demonstrate that they will cover the curriculum developed by the GST committee (which is basic ST) and that they present a full model of ST as described in this paper. The Group ST Committee is aware that models of schema-focused group exist that are primarily cognitive. Over the two years of the committee's work to establish a Group ST certification we have reached consensus regarding the essential ingredients of GST. These are reflected in the GST adherence and competence scale, the development of which was led by Gerhard Zarbock. When there was a question of whether the model being used was complete GST applicants were asked to submit a tape recording to be rated using the GSTCRS. The committee felt that this gave everyone in the community who had been working with a group model the opportunity to provide ISST approved training for certification. The Chair of the workgroup reviews routine applications for training programs and makes a recommendation to the T&C Coordinator. In the case of disagreement the entire workgroup reviews the application and ultimately when consensus is not reached the decision would go to the Executive Board.

The grandparenting period ended July 1, 2014.  It is possible to appeal for an extension of the grandparenting deadline by exception under special circumstances. If this applies to you please send a letter of explanation to the T&C Coordinator. Grandparenting Applicants must be at the same level of certification in individual ST that they are applying for in Group ST. For grandparenting requirements and application process contact the T&C Coordinator: Joan Farrell.

Here are links to the documents listed.

Group Schema Therapy Certification Requirements

Application for certification – includes Group Schema Therapy

Group Schema Therapy Curriculum

Group Schema Therapy Competency Rating Scale



Schema Therapy Institute - Australia

Directors: Dr Rita Younan

contact: DrRita Younan

This program is conducted in VIC, Australia

website: www.schematherapyaustralia.com.au

Schema Therapy Institute Midwest - Indianapolis

Directors: Ida Shaw, MA and Joan Farrell, PhD

contact: Joan Farrell

This program is delivered in the USA, Europe and Australia in conjunction with a number of ISST Training Programs

website: www.BPD-Home-BASE.org 

IPSTI-Mainz, Germany

Directors: Neele Reiss, PhD and Friederike Vogel, MD

contact: Friederike Vogel

This program is conducted in Mainz, Germany

Schematherapie in Bedrijf, Netherlands

Director: Eelco Muste

Contact: Eelco Muste

Website: www.schematherapieinbedrijf.nl
Contact: contact@schematherapieinbedrijf.nl

Institute for Schema Therapy Hamburg (IST-HH), Germany

Director: Christine Zens

Contact: Christine Zens


The program is certified at standard and advanced level in GST. It is conducted in Germany.

Institut für Schematherapie Rhein Main (ISTRM), Germany

Director: Dipl. Psych. Christian Ferreira de Vasconcellos

Contact: Dipl. Psych. Christian Ferreira de Vasconcellos

Website: www.schematherapie-rhein-main.de
Email: kontakt@schematherapie-rhein-main.de

This program is conducted in Frankfurt , Germany

ST. Petersburg Schema Therapy Institute

Directors: Paul Kasyanik, PhD and Elena Romanova, PhD

contact: Paul Kasyanik

This program is conducted in Russia, St. Petersburg and Moscow

Schema Therapy Denmark

Director: Susanne Vind, MD

Contact: Susanne VInd

This program is conducted in Copenhagen, Denmark

Schema Therapy Solutions

Director: Kerry Beckley, Ph.D.

contact Kerry Beckley

Group Schema Therapy Training Program Scandinavia

Director: Erlend Aschehoug

contact: Erlend

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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