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The Schema Therapy Bulletin

The Official Publication of the 

International Society of Schema Therapy


Viennese memories…. Schnitzel, Gustav Klimt, Strudel, Sigmund, Beer Gartens, The 3rd Man, Kaffeehause and….. the ISST Inspire 2016 Conference!

The 2016 Vienna Conference set a new standard in the development of the International Society of Schema Therapy. With over 600 people attending the 3 day event, the conference highlighted the exponential growth of the organisation (a far cry from the 35 people attending the inaugural meeting in Stockholm in 2004).

The event brought together researchers, clinicians and students from around the globe to discuss all things schema therapy. The conference also saw attendees from nations as diverse as Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Iran, Bulgaria and Serbia via support from the inaugural “ISST Ambassador Program.” A ISST initiative aiming to financially assist members from developing and evolving countries around the world, who have shown enthusiasm for schema therapy.

This issue of the Schema Therapy Bulletin focuses on a small selection of some of the highlights from the conference. Judith Margolin and Robin Spiro comment on Treating Dissociation: Mode work and Beyond. Sally Skewes (Australia) discusses the development of “Secure Nest”  an on-line tool to enhance therapeutic work in Schema Therapy. Kathleen Newdeck (USA) summarises a workshop presented by Jeff Conway and Wendy Behary centring on enmeshment and the undeveloped self.  Robin Spiro (USA) summarises Odette Brand and Maria Rocher’s presentation focusing on identifying and handling overcompensation modes. Finally, Robin Spiro reviews Wendy Behary’s wonderful Vienna keynote address focusing on therapist empathy in treatment.

Co- Editors, Chris Hayes (Australia) & Lissa Parsonnet (USA)

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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