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Training in Schema Therapy for Couples with Travis Atkinson and Eckhard Roediger

  • 19 Mar 2016
  • 20 Nov 2016
  • 8 sessions
  • 19 Mar 2016, 10:00 AM 6:00 PM (CET)
  • 20 Mar 2016, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CET)
  • 04 Jun 2016, 10:00 AM 6:00 PM (CEST)
  • 05 Jun 2016, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CEST)
  • 17 Sep 2016, 10:00 AM 6:00 PM (CEST)
  • 18 Sep 2016, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CEST)
  • 19 Nov 2016, 10:00 AM 6:00 PM (CET)
  • 20 Nov 2016, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CET)
  • Saronno, Italy

Training in Schema Therapy for Couples

Healing Relationships: Including the partner into Schema Therapy and working with Couples

Training Program by Istituto Di Science Cognitive  

The schema therapy model describes how unmet core needs lead to maladaptive schemas and coping behavior. Unfortunately schema chemistry plays an important role when we choose our partners. So we nd ourselves in the same complementary roles that we got used to in childhood and ght the former signi cant others in our partners by mutually “pushing our buttons” in escalating mode cycles.

Unlike most of the other approaches working with Couples schema therapy is not working solely with the couple but includes single sessions in an individual treatment plan. Even more: We can start working with one partner and include the other partner later to a smaller or greater extend. Many of our patients in individual therapy are in a relationship. Including the partner starts

with thinking about him or her in therapy. Schema Therapy is very exible at that point. But balancing these relationships is a challenging issue. The curriculum addresses both: Starting with one partner and including the other or starting with the couple from the start.

The workshops gives a theoretical framework and describe with slides, videos and live demonstrations how mode cycles work and how they can be changed by realizing the frustrated core needs, emotional reconnection through imagery and connection talk between the Healthy Adult modes. The diagnosis of mode cycles, schema dialogues and mode dialogues an multiple chairs for clari cation, interrupting dysfunctional and creating functional communication will be trained in dyadic role plays.

The 4 workshops cover the content of the Couples-ST Curriculum for standard certification.


Atkinson, T. (2012). Schema Therapy for Couples: Healing Partners in a Relationship, In: van Vreeswijk M, Broersen J, Nadort M (eds). Handbook of Schema Therapy. Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Wiley, p. 323-336

Simeone-DiFrancesco, C., Roediger, E., Stevens, B. (2015). Healing Relationships: Schema Therapy for Couples, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Table of Workshop content

(with module numbers)

WS 1 (Eckhard Roediger)

  • Update on essentials of core needs, schemas, coping styles, modes, chemistry and the mode cycle concept (1.1)

  • Describing basics of the setting (Sitting position, Role of the therapist, Setting issues, ground rules...) (1.3)

  • Introducing the Mode map (1.2)

  • Stopping clashes and working with the MCC (3.1)

  • Detecting emotional core needs and differentiating Needs from

    Wants (e.g. using the needs vs. Wants tool) (3.2)

    WS 2 (Travis Atkinson)

  • Basic therapeutic skills ( exible, active and directive, arrangement of the chairs, therapist self-care, balancing caretaking of each partner) (2.1)

  • Using empathic confrontation in the presence of the partner (including the art of utilizing available leverage in limit setting) (2.2)

  • Enhancing emotional participation and reconnection through various techniques (e.g. imagery rescripting). Using Schema and Mode dialogues for couples inducing corrective emotional experience from the beginning in almost every session (3.4).

  • Toolbox of standard homework assignments (e.g. jour xe, well- being activities, creating emotional intimacy) inducing transfer to out session situations (3.5)

    WS 3 (Eckhard Roediger)

  • Mode dialogues on multiple Chairs (3.4).

  • Working with therapist ́s own Schemas and modes when triggered by the couple (including limited self-disclosure). Differentiating between the wants of the therapist and the needs of the couple (2.2).

  • Experiencing emotions in an embodied way and expressing them to the partner as an “in the moment” processing (3.3).

  • Teach connection talk skills (including teaching couples to connect as equals on an emotional level, respect each other, listen empathically to each other and eliminate destructive elements of communication and preparing reconnection) (4.1).

WS 4 (Travis Atkinson)

  • Case management and ethics (records issues, ethics of separation, disclosures, documentation & treatment plans, structuring collateral collaboration with an outside individual therapist, handling con icts of interest and dif cult con dentiality issues) (2.4).

  • Tying core emotional needs to a sustainable vision for the relationship, i.e. establishing a “value road map” for relevant life arenas, (parenthood, social group, among families and relatives, in their professional careers etc.) (4.2).

  • Dealing with speci c problems (affairs and forgiveness - 5.1; interfering problems - 5.2; Separation and divorce 5-3).

  • Working with case examples from the participants 

    Neurologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Trained in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavior therapy. Formerly Director of a Psychosomatic Department of a clinic in Berlin (GER), since 2007 working in Private Practice and Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center in Frankfurt (GER). Member of the ISST Board since 2008, and currently President of ISST.

    Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer for Individuals and Couples. Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor. Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist. Director of Loving at Your Best Marriage and Couples Therapy in Manhattan, Private Practice since 1995. 
    Currently, ISST Board Public Affairs and Member Benefits Coordinator. 


    19-20 march (Roediger) 

    04-05 june (Atkinson)

    17-18 september (Roediger) 

    19-20 november(Atkinson)




    Travis Atkinson Eckhard Roediger


    2000 euros (vat included)
    Deadline for registration: 30 of november
    Discounts: Inquire if available
    First payment: 400 euro at the moment of the registration; second payment: 1,600 euro that you can pay in 4 payment of 300,00 euro:
    – 30 april
    – 30 june
    – 30 september
    – 30 october 

    For more information, contact: EMAIL

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    Via Rolando 16, 07100 Sassari
    Tel. 079/230449 - Fax. 079/9578217


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