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Workshop 13: Saturday Early Afternoon and Saturday Late Afternoon (S2W13 & S3W13) - 180 Minutes

Playtime, not shame time! Tackling shame for cluster C with a phase-oriented approach Part 1 & 2

by Ruth McCuctheon, Saskia Ohlin, Wiesette Krol & Rosi Reubsaet


To provide schema therapists with schema therapy interventions around the playful child mode to deepen the relationship with cluster C clients and tackle their shame

Teaching Methods:

1) Background theory on shame and play
2) Conceptualization in a Schema Therapy framework using clinical cases 3) Videos
4) Role-play demonstrations
5) Role-play/imagery exercises for the participants
6) Guided silent imagery for the participants
7) Imagery exercises to do in pairs (participants)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will:
understand better the importance of play and joy in the developing child
understand better how cluster C clients are affected by defectiveness and shame related to a lack of joy and play
be able to bring out the happy child mode in various ways to better connect with their cluster C clients to tackle shame have a better understanding of their own playful child mode and how to work with it with regards to their own shame

Workshop Intended For:

Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST training)

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Bettelheim, B. (1987). A good enough parent: A book on child-rearing. New York, NY, US: Alfred A. Knopf.
Lockwood, G., Shaw, I. (2012). Schema therapy and the role of joy and play. In van Vreeswijk, M. J. Broersen, & M. Nadort (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 209-229). Wiley-Blackwell.
Schoenleber, M., & Berenbaum, H. (2010). Shame aversion and shame-proneness in Cluster C personality disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(1), 197-205.

About the Presenters:

Ruth McCutcheon

Ruth McCutcheon is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with advanced level accreditation in Schema Therapy for individuals and couples with the International Society for Schema Therapy.  She is a co-director, supervisor and trainer with the Academy of Schema Therapy and works in collaboration with the Academie voor Schematherapie in the Netherlands. 

Ruth has fifteen years of experience working in NHS healthcare, including primary and secondary care, in addition to inpatient forensic settings.  She works as a therapist and supervisor addressing a range of psychological issues, including chronic depression, relationship difficulties, complex trauma and personality disorders. 

Practicing individual and couples’ therapy modalities, Ruth works with both adult and adolescent populations.  She is also a visiting lecturer at a number of London-based universities where she provides schema therapy workshops. 

Saskia Ohlin

Saskia Ohlin is a chartered Counselling Psychologist originally from the Netherlands, working in London, UK.  She currently works in private practice focusing on schema therapy for patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD), Cluster C personality disorders, along with anxiety disorders and depression. 

For over 20 years, Saskia has worked in primary and secondary care in out - and inpatient settings. She has wide clinical expertise in treating complex trauma and personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder.

Together with Ruth, they head the Academy of Schema Therapy in London, UK providing courses and accreditation programs in schema therapy. Saskia also works in collaboration with the Academie voor Schematherapie in the Netherlands.

Wiesette Krol

Wiesette Krol is a clinical psychologist, CBT supervisor and Schema Therapist Trainer/ Supervisor.

In 1991 she started working as a psychotherapist (in training) in an academic setting (together with Arnoud Arntz and Hannie van Genderen), participated in research treating anxiety and eating disorders with CBT and also personality disorders with Schema Therapy. She has been trained and supervised by Jeffrey Young in individual Schema Therapy and in Group Schema therapy by Ida Shaw and Joan Farrell.

In the last 20 years she works with schema therapy, treating personality disorders (cluster B and C), individual and in groups, ambulant and in day treatment. She worked for 8 years as the head of the department of personality and developmental disorders at the RIAGG Maastricht.

At the moment she is working at the Academic Hospital (MUMC+) in Maastricht as manager and clinical psychologist. Since 1994 she has been teaching

 Schema therapy


 Supervision

She trained Schema Therapy in different countries in Europe. Since the foundation in 2007, she is a senior member of the Dutch Schema Therapy Society and has an Advanced Certification membership with the ISST since 2008. She had a private practice for supervision and psychotherapy for professionals. 

Rosi Reubsaet

Rosi Reubsaet is a clinical psychologist, schema therapy supervisor and behavioral and cognitive therapy supervisor. She is the co-founder of the House for Schema Therapy, a mental health care facility in the Netherlands where, together with colleagues, she treats people with personality disorders with schema therapy. With the same colleagues she also runs the Academy for Schema Therapy, an institution for delivering training and supervision in schema therapy. Rosi gives workshops and training courses around the world, and she is a board member of the personality disorders division of the Dutch Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapy. She is author of the book “Schema Therapy – A Phase-Oriented ApproachTargeting Tasks and Techniques in Individual and Group Schema Therapy” (2021).  

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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