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Empathic Confrontation by Neele Reiss & Friederike Vogel

  • 09 Nov 2018
  • (EET)
  • 10 Nov 2018
  • (EET)
  • Gjestehuset Lovisenberg Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo, Norway

Empathic Confrontation

9-10 November 2018

Gjestehuset Lovisenberg Lovisenberggaten 15a
Oslo, Norway

Maladaptive coping modes such as Detached Protector or Self-Aggrandizer Mode are the cause of major difficulties in treating patients with various personality disorders. Rigid behavior patterns associated with these modes significantly influence other people’s, even therapist’s, reactions, often triggering them to behave in ways that reinforce the patient’s maladaptive schemas. 

Being specifically tailored towards changing maladaptive coping modes, empathic confrontation is a therapeutic intervention in Schema Therapy that is part of limited reparenting and at the same time a mode change strategy in its own right. Empathic confrontation can be defined as the therapist’s approach to addressing maladaptive coping modes and associated behaviors, with empathy for how they developed biographically, balanced by confronting these modes and behaviors as needing to change for the patient to have a healthy life. It is a critical and difficult intervention for accomplishing the overall goal of Schema Therapy- to help patients get their adult needs met in a healthy manner – as it points out the negative effects of their currently used unhealthy mode driven behaviors and assists them in learning and using more adaptive behaviors. Empathic confrontation is based on the principle of limited reparenting: the strong connection between therapist and patient, in which the therapist repeatedly shows the patient that he or she has the patient’s best interest at heart and has good intentions when confronting maladaptive coping mode behaviors.

After this workshop participants can:

  • Participants are able to distinguish maladaptive Coping Modes from other modes.
  • Participants can learn about the steps of empathic confrontation for maladaptive Coping Modes.
  • Understanding of suicidal ideation and its connection to Coping Modes.
  • Development of an awareness towards one’s own maladaptive reactions to our patient’s Coping Modes.

Registration and fees
Registration fee: 5. 000 NOK
Registration includes participation in all sessions, workshop handouts, lunch and coffee/fruit break each day.

For registration and further information about the seminar, please see www.psykologbehandling.no or contact Erlend Aschehoug at erlend@psykologbehandling.no

Registration deadline is October 1st 2018


Neele Reiss, PhD
She is a senior clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the department of psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and in private practice. She is the scientific director of the Institute of Psychotherapy in Mainz (ipsti-mz). Neele Reiss’ clinical and research focus is the implementation and evaluation of intensive Schema Therapy programs for patients with Personality Disorders, in which individual and group schema therapies are combined. Another research focus is on specific techniques used in Schema Therapy such as imagery rescripting, chair techniques and empathic confrontation.

Friederike Vogel, MD
She is a senior psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Vitos Clinic Rheingau, Germany and in private practice. She is the director of training and supervision of the Institute of Psychotherapy in Mainz (ipsti-mz). Friederike Vogel’s clinical focus is currently the implementation an intensive Schema Therapy program for patients with Cluster B Personality Disorder and addiction, in which individual and group schema therapies are combined.

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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