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Joan Farrell is the Training and Certification Coordinator on the ISST Executive Board

Training and Certification Coordinator Blog

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  • 11 Mar 2018 1:57 PM | Joan Farrell

    The required 3 hour webinar, which is one of the requirements for Advanced level certified schema therapists to be certified at the T-S level, will take place March 16 via ZOOM. It will be conducted by Joan Farrell. Times will be:

    March 16 UCT Noon-15:00

    EDST: 8:00-11:00

    Central Europe: 13:00-16:00

    Australia: 10:30 PM Adelaide; 11:00 PM Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra

    Check the World CLock if your area is not listed.

    If you requested a spce reservstion and have not yet received an invoice email Joan.  Webinar materials and ZOOM invitation are being sent out today.



  • 13 Mar 2017 8:47 PM | Joan Farrell

    To those of you who have registered for this event:

    Due to the time zone differences I am attempting to move the webinar one hour earlier to help with the time for the Australians registered to attend.

    The webinar will now be:

    12:00 - 15:00 UTC (Greenwich mean time) 

    8-11:00 am EDST 

     23:00 Fri- 2:00am (SAT) Sydney.

    12:00-15:00 UK

    14:00-17:00 Europe (check your country)

    Send any questions to me.

    Best regards


  • 23 Feb 2017 6:42 PM | Joan Farrell

    Dear Advanced level certified schema therapists:

     Required 3 hour ISST Training & Certification Basics webinar  

     This is the webinar that must be completed by all who want to qualify as ISST Certified Trainer-supervisorsYou only have to complete the webinar once. If you already have trainer-supervisor status or have attended you do not need to attend again.

     I will give the webinar in English on 

    Friday March 24th 9am-Noon (EDST) which is 13:00-16:00 (UCT).

    If there are a significant number of Australian members who need the webinar I will look at either trying to adjust the time or add another webinar session that better matches AUS time.

     We will do it on Go-to-meeting (GTM). Please email Farrell@iupui.edu to reserve a spot. Shortly I will send you more information and an invitation with instructions about downloading GTM. . The cost is $45.00 which can be paid via paypal. I will send paypal invoices.

    If you have not yet completed certification, but will finish advanced certification by the end of this year you may still register for the webinar.

    As an alternative to this webinar, there are a variety of trainers authorized by ISST to provide this required webinar in other languages – these include German, Swedish, Italian, which you may attend – sorry if I have missed any. 

    Feel free to email me if you have questions.

    Warm regards,



  • 02 Sep 2016 3:50 PM | Joan Farrell


    The date for the next Trainer-SUpervisor Webinar in English, which I will offer on Go to Meeting will take place Oct 15 from 8am until 11am Eastern Daylight Savings time. Registration info and invoices will be sent the first week of October. If you have emailed me within the last month you do not need to do so again, but if you contacted me much earlier, please email again to ensure that I know of your interest and can send the registration info to you.

    Best wishes,


  • 07 Aug 2016 6:47 PM | Joan Farrell

    Due to member requests I will offer the T-S Webinar in October 2016.  Please email your preference to me for either Friday Oct. 14 or Saturday Oct 15. At this point I am looking at EDST 8am-11am, which would be 13:00-16:00 UCT. The fee for attending is $40.USD paid by paypal invoice. Materials for the webinar will be sent at your registration. 

     This webinar is for those at the Advanced level of certification and those who will meet Advanced level requirements within 6 months. Those who began training in 2014 need to attend this webinar and have additional requirements, which are listed on the certification page of the website. Direct any questions to me.

    Best regards


  • 13 Jun 2016 3:09 PM | Joan Farrell

    For those of you attending the Vienna Conference, I have the news that 3 of the pre-conference workshops will not only add significantly to your knowledge and skills in the specialty areas of Schema Therapy, but also give you credits toward certification.

    The following workshops offer 6 hours of credit toward certification in the specialty area involved. Attendance at the entire session is required for this credit. Certificates will be emailed after the conference from the ISST Approved Training Programs of the presenters.

    "How Schema Couples Therapy uses 

    Mode Work to Heal Relationships"

    By Travis Atkinson, Eckhard Roediger, Poul Perris, 

    Chiara Simeone-Difrancesco, David Edwards, & Bruce Stevens

    6 Hours credit toward ST Couples Certification

    "Experiential Techniques for Mode Work in Group Therapy"

    By Paul Kasyanik & Elena Romanova

    6 hours credit toward Group ST Certification

    "Schema Therapy for Children & Adolescents (ST-CA)"

    By Christof Loose & Maria Galimzyanova

    6 hours credit toward ST-Child/Adolescent

    I look forward to seeing you all in Vienna and answering any questions or hearing concerns that you have regarding ISST Training and Certification.

    Best regards


  • 14 Mar 2016 2:14 PM | Joan Farrell

    Dear Fellow ISST Members:

    Due to having knee replacement surgery March 16th followed by rehabilitation I will not be able to respond to your emails until after April 15th. I have approved and sent all certification reviews received from the country reviewers as of today to the ISST Assistant, Wolfgang to be sent out to you. If you have emergency questions during this period please address them to our president Eckhard Roediger, who will direct you to the appropriate document or person. 

    Thank you for your understanding.  I have scheduled this surgery to be able to see you all in Vienna.



  • 25 Feb 2016 1:48 PM | Joan Farrell


    I am happy to announce that we now have the first ISST approved training program in Couples Schema Therapy (ST-C). This program is directed by Eckhard Roediger, a pioneer in the ST-C area, under the auspices of IST-Frankfurt. Eckhard is a co-author of the first book on ST-C: Schema Therapy with Couples: A Practitioner's Guide to Healing Relationships with Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco and Bruce Stevens.

    I am also happy to announce newly approved Individual ST Training programs in Serbia, Ireland and Argentina.  ST Center Belgrade is organized by Dr. Tijana Mirovic and directed by Dr Christina Valliantou.   The Irish Institute of Schema Therapy (IIST) is organized and directed by Dr. Muireann McNulty. The Schema Therapy Training and Certification Program of Argentina is organized and directed by Dr. Patricia Escudaro-Rotman   These are important additions to our international family of training programs.

    The Trainer-Supervisor Webinar scheduled for this month has been postponed due to lack of registrants. It will be rescheduled as there is need.

    Warm regards,


  • 13 Jan 2016 6:00 PM | Joan Farrell


    Happy New Year and congratulations to the 107 ISST members who accomplished certification as a Schema Therapist in 2015.

    Due to member requests I will offer the Trainer-Supervisor Webinar again in February 2016. The possible dates I am looking at are either Saturday Feb 20 or Friday Feb 26th between 13:00 and 16:00 UTC. If you are an advanced level certified schema therapist who needs to complete this requirement or you are near to completing the Advanced certification requirements and want to attend the workshop please email me and let me know whether either or both of these dates would work for you.

    I would also like to invite any Directors of ISST Approved Training Programs who would like to sit in on the workshop to keep up to date with current ISST certification requirements to contact me as well.

    I am having sporadic email reception difficulties with the ATT firewall, so using my university email is most reliable currently - Joan at IUPUI

    Warm regards,

  • 02 Aug 2015 5:37 PM | Joan Farrell

    I am happy to announce that the two Trainer-Supervisor Webinars were well-attended. The webinar set one time convenient for USA and Europe and attended by 18 and another convenient for Australia also attended by 18. Four ISST approved training program directors also attended who were able to give valuable insight to new supervisor-trainers. Attendees in general were very positive about their training and supervision experiences, citing self-reflection/self-practice as an important part of their supervision and development as therapists. It was clarified that supervision does not need to end after the ISST minimum is met, but can be a valuable resource throughout one's practice, at a lower  frequency. The specific three-fold Schema therapy supervisor roles:  mentor/role model, coach/teacher and therapist/limited reparenting agent were discussed as this differs from most other supervision approaches. 

     In response to my question of any "unmet needs" for new trainer-supervisors that ISST might meet, attendees asked for more opportunity to interact with other new supervisors via a blog or GTM scheduled meetings, local support groups, etc. In essence, more opportunities for connection. I suggested creating an online google group,  this blog and use of ISST GTM account to have some scheduled meetings as possible options. Anyone who would like to be included in such a group should contact me.



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