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In-Congress Workshop 4: Saturday Early Afternoon and Saturday Late Afternoon (S2W4 & S3W4)

Reparenting & the Therapeutic Relationship:Layers within Layers Part 1&2 

by David Edwards


To highlight a series of complicating factors (summarized in the abstract) that impact on the capacity of therapists to effectively offer reparenting.

Teaching Methods:

Presentation will be on a comprehensive powerpoint. This will include significant transcripts from sessions (some with audio). There will also be short experiential group exercises.

Learning Objectives:

By attending this workshop, participants will be sensitized to aspects of reparenting and the reparenting relationship with clients. Through the examination of the definition of reparenting and five obstacles to effective reparenting that will be presented in the workshop, they will be able to identify the problems and attend to them when they arise in their own therapy work.

Workshop Intended For:


Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

The powerpoint which will include some suggested reading will be made available to participants after the workshop

About the Presenters:

David Edwards:

David Edwards lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where he runs a training program in schema therapy through the Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa. He presents basic and advanced training workshops in schema therapy in South Africa and internationally. He also has an active private practice offering psychotherapy and clinical supervision. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and the United Kingdom and is currently President of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). He trained in cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and transpersonal approaches to psychotherapy, and has a longstanding interest in psychotherapy integration. He was fortunate to be introduced to schema therapy by Jeffrey Young, the founder of schema therapy, in the 1980s and has followed its development from its beginnings. He is an Emeritus Professor at Rhodes University, where, for over 25 years, he taught cognitive-behavioural therapy (including schema therapy) to trainee clinical and counselling psychologists, and offered intensive workshops to students using expressive therapies including psychodrama, clay sculpture, drawing and dance. Since his retirement at the end of 2009 he continues to work as a researcher and research supervisor. He has over 100 academic publications in the form of journal articles and book chapters.

The focus of many of these is trauma and complex trauma. Several of them are clinicalcase studies and he is one of the editors of Case studies within psychotherapy trials: Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has also written articles and book chapters on imagery methods in psychotherapy and is the author, with Michael Jacobs, of Conscious and unconscious in the series Core concepts in psychotherapy (McGraw Hill, 2003). The focus of his current work is on the phenomenology of schema modes and understanding the deep structure of modes. This is reflected in a recent pair of articles on modes in a case of anorexia nervosa (Edwards 2017a and Edwards 2017b).

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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