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Advanced Skills Development Group Schema Therapy with Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw

  • 16 Sep 2016
  • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Amsterdam

Advanced Skills Development Group Schema Therapy with Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw

  • Locatie: Amsterdam
  • Cursusduur: 1 day (09.30-17.00 hrs) 16 september 2016
  • Studiebelasting: 6 hrs - and about 2 hrs for studying literature and preparations
  • Docenten: Farrell & Shaw
  • Deelnameprijs: € 475,-

Advanced Skills Development Group Schema Therapy

This master class is intended for those who have completed the modules of Advanced Group Schema Therapy (GST) to further develop their skills in GST interventions by participating in demonstrations and acting as group therapists in role-plays with coaching from two of the developers of GST. This high-class training is given by Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw (USA).

Note: this training is given in English.

There will be opportunities to present problems you have encountered in groups or GST interventions that you want to learn or polish – like imagery rescripting in a group. The content of the day will be based upon participants needs so it will vary from last years training. The range of possible topics includes: group limited reparenting, group imagery rescripting, exercises to get through maladaptive coping modes, facilitating healing experiences for the vulnerable child mode, play for the happy child mode and group interventions to diminish the control of the demanding or punitive critic modes. Participation in this day will count as supervision hours in GST based upon the ISST formula to calculate group supervision hours.


Phases of the behaviour therapeutic process included in the training:

In general in the more open setting of a Advanced Skills Development training Farrel and Shaw work with the issues and problems that participants present as a group, in a similar way to working with a group of patients. They will weave in the phases or elements of the behavioural therapeutic process as they are needed in the learning process of the workshop.

They will always refer to the theoretical model of Schema Therapy and Group Schema Therapy when they give training. It is critical for participants to know the foundation model and the goals of treatment in order to choose appropriate interventions to use with patients. Schematherapy is strategic and follows a plan based upon the model’s overarching goals. They will place interventions into the context of the treatment plan as a whole and in terms of the goals of Schematherapy. In demonstrations, participants playing patients and observing get to experience or observe how interventions are administered and how they affect the patient. The limited reparenting therapist style is also a Schematherapy intervention and they give this style particular emphasis, particularly the unique GST use of two therapists to maintain adequate connection. The Schematherapy version of relapse prevention is taught in the use of mode management plans.


This training is for therapists who have accomplished the Training Group Schema Therapy (4 day and 3 day advanced training) in the past. And to them who accompany groups, or planning on doing that.


The goal of the Advanced Skills Development training is for therapists to improve their mastery of selected core interventions of GST i.e. have the ability to meet the requirements of the Group ST Rating Scale. The following areas will be focused on with the length of time on each dependent upon the needs of the participants

  • Be skilled at establishing connection in the group provide a cohesiveness, safe and reliable frame of GST.
  • Be able to do imagery rescripting in the group.
  • Be able to conduct multiple patient mode role plays.
  • Understand and be able to employ symbols and transitional objects that match the developmental levels of the group when in child modes and for reparenting.
  • Be able to employ limit setting and empathic confrontation in groups.
  • Be able to create opportunities in sessions for Happy child mode play.
  • Help patients develop and strengthen their healthy adult mode.


You should have some background knowledge in Schema Therapy. To update your knowledge the trainers suggest to reed their first book:

  • Farrel & Shaw. Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Step-by-step Treatment Manual with Patient Workbook, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

If you have their second book, you also could review the chapters on the model and the group.

  • Farrell, Shaw & Reiss. The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide: A Complete Resource for Building and Delivering Individual and Group Integrated Mode Treatment Programs. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014


This is only for Dutch participants:

Accreditatie toegekend:
SRVB - Register Vaktherapie: 8 pnt
NVvP: 6 pnt
FGzPt: 5 pnt
VGCt: 6 pnt

ISST certified
This training is certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

To register: INSCHRIJVEN

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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