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- for professionals in auxiliary disciplines to psychotherapy  

Specification of Professions and Qualifications: 

This certification is designed for mental health professionals other than psychotherapists who are working as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team (psychotherapists are defined as those fulfilling the qualifications in the 2014 ISST Certification as a Schema Therapist, 1.Academic training and 2. License or certification for practice)

Professions Eligible for Auxiliary Schema Therapist Training and Certification Program: 

Include but are not limited to: creative therapists (art, drama, music, movement, nonverbal, psychomotor, etc.), psychiatric nurses and sociotherapists. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists (both with a bachelors degree) are eligible for the Standard Level Program. Some countries may have other designations for this group of professionals and should be considered on a case-by-case basis (e.g. social workers).

Certification Levels:

As with the other certifications of Schema Therapy there are two levels: Standard (i.e. individual schema therapy) and Advanced (i.e. adding group schema therapy). 

Participants have up to 3 years to fulfill each level. 

The advanced program can start anytime after completing the standard level certification.

 This proposal was approved by a 6 to 1 (one abstention) vote of the ISST Executive board April 14, 2015.

Grandparenting requirements and time period will be posted soon.

The full description of the curriculum and requirements can be accessed in this attachment.  


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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