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Schema Therapy - From Addiction to Connection

  • 26 Feb 2020
  • (EET)
  • 28 Feb 2020
  • (EET)
  • Gjestehuset Lovisenberg Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo, Norway

Schema Therapy - From Addiction to Connection

26-28 February 2020

Gjestehuset Lovisenberg Lovisenberggaten 15a
Oslo, Norway

In working with patients with personality disorders, a comorbid addictive behavior can complicate the treatment. The general guideline ‘first treat the Axes I-problem (Addiction) and afterwards the Axes II-problem (Personality Disorder)’, doesn’t work because the addiction and personality disorder are interwoven and the addictive behavior can be an effective coping mode for underlying childhood trauma and unmet needs of the child. In this case a dual focus treatment of PD and addiction is important. 

In this workshop an integrated dual focus treatment of Personality Disorders and Addiction is presented, based on Schema Mode work and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). 

After this workshop participants can:

1. Have knowledge of definitions of addiction and classification in the DSM V

2. Can recognize relevant Schema Modes in their patients (with the MOS, Mode Observation Scale)

3. Can assess addictive behaviors in terms of their function and dynamics in the Schema Mode Conceptualization

4. Know the steps of treatment in working with PD and addiction

5. Are able to apply ST and CBT techniques in working with the Self-Soother, Self-Stimulator, Impulsive Cild mode and some aggressive overcompensating modes

This 3-day workshop is aimed at (1) analyzing PD and addictive behaviors in terms of schema mode dynamics, (2) recognizing the Self-Soother/Self- Stimulator and other relevant modes in Cluster-A, B, and C-patients, (2) working with these modes stepby- step with techniques that stem from CBT and ST; giving psycho-education and motivate the patient to stop with the self-soothing behavior, contingency management, imagery and chair techniques to fight the parent modes and coping modes.

We will focus on how to overcome the Self-Soother and other addiction-related modes and how to reach the vulnerable and lonely child. We also pay attention to specific aspects of limited reparenting and limit setting in addicted patients. The final goal of treatment is that patients can make more connection with their own emotions (vulnerable child mode) as well as with other people.

Registration and fees
Registration fee: 7. 500 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 December 10th 2019


Dr. Truus Kersten works as a Psychotherapist at De Rooyse Wissel Forensic Psychiatric Center in Venray in the Netherlands. She also works as a self-employed Supervisor and Trainer in CBT and ST. She is certified Supervisor and Trainer of the Dutch Register of Schema Therapy and of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). She is the leader of the Dutch Schema Therapy Training Program for therapists in Addiction and Forensic Care. She developed this training program together with David Bernstein, who’s also co-teacher. 

She also specialized in implementing ST in (forensic) psychiatric clinics, in training and coaching psychiatric nurses on the wards. Furthermore she has developed an integrated treatment for patients with personality disorders and addiction, based on the Schema Mode model.

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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