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Report from the Science & Research Coordinator: Executive Board Term 2016-2018

During the period from 2016 to 2018 the ISST kept supporting an extensive continuous exchange of scientific ideas and projects among the members who are sharing their ideas and experiences via Listserve. We saw the emergence of new Special Interest Groups as well as dynamically growing membership in the existing ones. There is a significant growth in the overall number of research publications in the field of Schema Therapy in the major scientific journals. In just 6 months of 2018 there were more publications than during the whole year of 2017. ISST members can see the updated list of the Schema publications (1991-2018) in the members’ area on ISST site.

In 2017 and 2018 we had two wonderful events - the Summer School in Barcelona and the INSPIRE Conference in Amsterdam with excellent scientific itineraries and scientifically approbated training programs. The INSPIRE 2018 Amsterdam Conference proved to be not only the biggest in the ISST history but also the most representative in terms of variety of trends, approaches and scientific data analysis in the area of Schema Therapy. We are very grateful to Dr. Jeffrey Young for his tremendous input and his active part in the conference: participants had a lucky opportunity to directly communicate with the founder of the Schema Therapy in seminars, lectures, and discussions throughout the conference.

The Executive Board has made an important decision to offer most of the keynotes lectures to the ISST presenters and two invited speakers were also very warmly met by the audience. The scientific program of the Conference included 13 symposia, 8 hot topic sessions 4 case presentations and 2 round tables (and that on top of the informal discussions on the sidelines of the conference) with the total number of presenters of more than 170. The Organizing Committee also gave the authors of the posters the opportunity to present their works orally for the first time. This innovation was enthusiastically met by speakers and audience.

In 2018 the bi-annual Young Researcher Awards (1000 Euros each) were presented for the first time in three nominations: High Research Standards, Novelty in Research and Applied Research Value. The winners are: Richard Vuijk, Martine Daniels, Alexandra Schosser, Andreas Affenzeller, and Birgit Senft. Applications for the 2020 Awards will be open in June 2019.

This year an important agreement was reached with Dr. Jeffrey Young to delegate management and supervision of the Schema Therapy Diagnostic Instruments (YSQ, SMI, YPI, YRAI, YCI) translations to the ISST. A special committee appointed by the Executive Board will review applications for translation into other languages of the inventories and authorize the publication of translations. The copyright on the above inventories in any language will be reserved for Dr. Jeffrey Young and his co-authors. We have already started to collect the translated versions of the above inventories and will place it in the members’ area on the ISST site. This is expected to facilitate the diagnostic and research work for the specialists in many countries.

Paul Kasyanik, Science & Research Coordinator

Executive Board Member, International Society of Schema Therapy 2016-2018

Director, Schema Therapy Institute in St.Petersburg


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