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Schema Therapy NI

Training programme


Schema Therapy NI is a Northern Ireland based provider of ISST approved certification training in schema therapy. Workshop numbers are limited in order to maximise opportunities for supervised practice of clinical skills. All workshops are highly interactive and involve a combination of teaching, group discussions and exercises, videos, and skills practice using role plays. Training is provided across two modules, which may also be booked on a stand-alone basis. Experienced ISST certified schema therapy supervisors are attached to the training programme, and contact with supervisors can be arranged by the training director.

Training director

Dr Olwyn Matier is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and an ISST certified Advanced Schema Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor. Olwyn is also a BABCP accredited CBT therapist and has attended mindfulness teacher training. She has extensive experience of training and supervising a wide range of health professionals in the use of psychological interventions with complex client groups (complex trauma, eating disorders, and acute mental health). Olwyn has previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow, publishing on topics such as eating disorders and depression. She is a guest lecturer with the Queen’s University of Belfast Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, providing teaching on CBT and eating disorders.

Training details for 2021

Format: Online interactive training

During the current Covid pandemic, our training for 2021 has moved to an online format and will take place via Zoom. This will be kept under review, with a view to resuming face to face training in Belfast when possible.

Due to the Covid pandemic, existing bookings from 2020 have been rolled over to 2021. Participants already booked onto our 2020 Modules will have received confirmation of their places on workshops in March and June 2021, which are now fully booked. However, there are remaining places on our May and September 2021 workshops.

Module 1 Essentials of Schema Therapy – Conceptualisation and Key Skills

Mon 24 – Thurs 27 May 2021

Cost for Module 1: £440 early bird rate (if booked before 24 February 2021), then £480

This workshop will provide an introduction to schema theory and concepts including schemas, modes, and coping styles. The module also provides a grounding in key schema therapy clinical skills: assessment, case conceptualisation, treatment planning, and core therapeutic techniques (such as limited reparenting, cognitive techniques, and experiential techniques including imagery and chair work).

Module 2 Deepening Schema Therapy practice – Working with complex cases (complex trauma, narcissism, avoidant and anxious presentations)

Mon 13 – Thurs 16 Sept 2021

Cost for Module 2: £440 early bird rate (if booked before 13 June 2021), then £480

This workshop will build on Module 1, providing an overview of advanced skills for working with Borderline Personality Disorder/complex trauma, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Cluster C Personality Disorders (anxious/avoidant).

Discount available for group bookings

Contact: info@schematherapyni.com

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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