2021 ISST WORKSHOP TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
FOR CERTIFICATION AS A SCHEMA
Workshop Training Requirements to apply for Certification for those completing training after December 31, 2014:
This is an interim document subject to update
If you intend pursuing, or are pursuing training for Certification it is imperative that you also consult the 2021 ISST Requirements for Certification as a Schema Therapist (individual) V. 2.0 using the CERTIFICATION tab on the ISST website. This will give you access to a document which gives DETAILED requirements. Evidence that the below training curriculum has been covered in its entirety, in the form of ISST approved certificates, must be provided at the point of application.
Training Programs Content
Curriculum for the 25 Required Didactic Training Hours:
1 Concept and Case Conceptualization
1.1 Schema Theory and Concept
1.2 Treatment Formulation & Case Conceptualization
2. Therapy Relationship
3 Schema Therapy techniques
3.1 Cognitive techniques
3.2 Experiential techniques I (Imagery work)
3.3 Experiential techniques II (e.g. Mode dialogues & Roleplay)
3.4 Homework assignments and behavior change strategies
4 Specific Treatment Populations
4.1 Schema Mode Work with Personality disorders
4.4 Schema Therapy with other Axis-I-Disorders (optional until an evidence basis established)
Curriculum for the 15 Required Dyadic Training hours:
Whole group or “fishbowl” exercises are encouraged and can count towards as much as 2 hours of the dyadic requirement, as long as the whole group is participating in the practice. Whole group exercises can be a great way to demonstrate strategies in preparation for the dyadic practice.
(Revised by Joan Farrell to include clarifications approved by the ISST Executive Board in 2016, and by Paul Kasyanik to include clarifications approved by the ISST Executive Board in 2018)
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