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ST in Clinical Leadership

by Bas Van Oosterhout, and Caroline Truijens


There are numerous kinds of leaders: some facilitate, some enforce, some are more visible where others are more introvert but ever so effective. Participants are invited to (re-)consider clinical leadership in the light of schema therapeutic theory and practice.  It is proposed that when the leader facilitates needs to be met, the healthy adult of teams will strengthen. In this interactive skill class participants are handed theoretical background information and tools to grow as a clinical leader in their current workplace environment. The presenters -both working as managing clinical directors and practicing schema therapists- will also share their own successful and not-so-successful experiences.

Teaching Methods:

Guided experiential exercise, lecture, powerpoint, small group exercises.

Learning Objectives:

1) Gaining knowledge about leadership styles and integration with schema therapeutic theory (including small group coping modes).

2) Reflection an insight into difficult situations and the fact that both leaders and those led often have unmet needs and fall back on (inadequate) coping behavior.

3) Recognition and reflection on current work situations

4) Tools for future work situations

Workshop Intended For:
Intermediate Level

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Alilyyani, B., Wong, C.A., & Cummings, G. (2018). Antecedents, mediators and outcomes of authentic leadership in healthcare: a systematic review. International journal of nursing studies, 83, pp 34-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.04.001

Behary, W., & Watkins, M.D. (2019, November 13). Why leaders do the dysfunctional things they do. Retrieved from http://tlnt.com

Bonebright, D.A. (2010). 40 years of storming: a historical review of Tuckman’s model of small group development. Human Resource Development International, 13(1), pp 111-120. doi: 10.1080/13678861003589099

Basran, J., Pires, C., Matos, M., McEwan, K., & Gilbert, P. (2019). Styles of Leadership, Fears of Compassion, and Competing to Avoid Inferiority. Frontiers in psychology9, 2460. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02460

De Brún, A., O’Donovan, R., & McAuliffe, E. (2019). Interventions to develop collectivistic leadership in healthcare settings: a systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 19, 72. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-3883-x

Hoch, J.E., Bommer, W.H., Duleboh, J.H., & Wu, D. (2019). Do Ethical, Authentic, and Servant Leadership Explain Variance Above and Beyond Transformational Leadership? A Meta-Analysis. Journal of management (in press). doi: 10.1177/0149206316665461

Koeslag-Kreunen, M., Van den Bossche, P., Hoven, M., Van der Klink, M., & Gijselaers, W. (2018). When leadership powers team learning: A meta-analysis. Small groups research, 49(4), pp 475-513. doi: 10.177/104696418764824

Tuckman, B.W., & Jensen, M.A.C. (1977). Stages of Small-Group Development Revisited. Group & Organization Studies, 2(4), pp 419-427.

About the Presenters:

Bas Van Oosterhout:

Bas van Oosterhout, PhD is a registered clinical psychologist and managing clinical director at GGzE (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), a large scale urban and regional facility for both clinical and outpatient treatment. He is certified at an advanced international level in schema therapy and has a trainer-supervisor certification. He completed both cognitive behavioural therapy and EMDR on an advanced level. Furthermore, he developed eLearning modules of schema therapy for clinical nurses and group workers. As a clinician, Bas’s work focuses on adolescents and adults with personality disorders and on personal therapy for schema therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists in training. His main topics of interest include leadership development, strategic and change management, schema therapy for cluster B personality disorders and innovation in mental health care.

Caroline Truijens:

Caroline Truijens is a registered clinical psychologist and managing clinical director at Reinier van Arkel Psychiatric hospital (’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands). She combines the director position with her work as a psychotherapist, with special focus on schema therapy. She is certified at a advanced international level in schema therapy and has worked with family and couple therapy in the past. Furthermore, she developed a special interest for people with severe mental illness, de-institutionalisation and community mental health care. Caroline also works as a guest lecturer on management and leadership in post-graduate clinical psychology training.


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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