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Schema Therapy 

Development Programs Committee


Chair:  Wendy Behary

Vision and Mission:  Vision: The Schema Therapy Development Programs Committee (STDP), appointed by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Executive Board, envisions a global community of Schema Therapy clinicians and researchers; where individuals of all identities: socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, and culture are understood, appreciated, and provided the opportunity to have access to quality training and supervision in Schema Therapy; as well as the right to be included within our International Society where equitable treatment prevails, the exchange of information, ideas, and experience is respected, the integrity of the schema therapy model is upheld, and the option to participate in relevant member-related activities is welcomed and supported.

Mission Statement :  Through strategic planning and adherence to ISST standards, protocols, and programmatic guidelines, the Schema Therapy Development Programs Committee (STDP) endeavors to empower clinicians and researchers from developing regions around the world to be integrated within our ever-evolving diverse and inclusive clinical community.  Specifically, the STDPC – with the approval and support of the Executive Board – will strive to assist those in developing regions in their pursuit of schema therapy research, training, and certification opportunities. Members of the STDP committee will collaborate in creating and implementing a means for promoting access to schema therapy training, schema therapy resources, and ISST inclusion for those who, due to financial feasibility challenges or socio-political obstacles, cannot easily access schema therapy training programs and cannot afford the costs associated with ISST-approved trainers facilitating these programs in their countries.  Where appropriate, the STDP will encourage the formation of National Special Interest Groups, National Branches of the ISST, or National Societies Affiliated with the ISST in terms of the ISST’s regulations governing such regional and national structures. (See https://schematherapysociety.org/National-Branches-and-other-National-and-regional-bodies ).

Members appointed by:  the Executive Board

Reporting to:  the Executive Board (also to Training Coordinator and Certification Coordinator).

Current members:  Wendy Behary (Chairperson),  Remco van der Wijngaart, Carlos Rojas, Alp Karaosmanoglu,  Tünde Vankó, Cathy Flanagan,  Litsa Anthis.



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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