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1st Congress of the Italian Society of Schema Therapy (SIST): Clinical Models and Applications

  • 19 Oct 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • 21 Oct 2018
  • 6:30 PM
  • Auditorium Antonianum, Viale Manzoni 6, Rome, Italy

1st Congress of the Italian Society of Schema Therapy (SIST): Clinical Models and Applications

October 19 - 21, 2018

Rome, Italy

For the first time, the Italian Society of Schema Therapy (S.I.S.T.) is organizing its first International Conference in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Rome. The world’s leading experts in this field will be coming together to present on the most recently-discovered and important aspects of this effective form of therapy, both through pre-conference workshops and various keynote presentations. We are delighted to announce that the founder of Schema Therapy, Jeffrey Young, will be present at the conference, giving both a workshop and keynote talks.

Over the course of the conference you will have the chance to hear from a variety of therapists, both Italian and from all over the world, who will be speaking about their research and clinical experience. There will also be a large section devoted to posters.

To submit reports and clinical studies to the symposia or to propose posters write to EMAIL



is the Founder of Schema Therapy. Dr. Young is the co-founder and Honorary President of the International Society for Schema Therapy, and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also Co- Founder and Co-Director of the Schema Therapy Institute of New York and New Jersey.


with over 25 years post-graduate training and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and co-director (with Dr. Jeffrey Young) of The New Jersey- New York City Schema Therapy Institutes. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years.


is professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an affiliation at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His main research interests lie in the fields of PTSD and personality disorders, both applied and fundamental. He also practices as a psychotherapist at PsyQ in Amsterdam, where he treats patients with trauma and personality disorders.


is widely recognized as one of the leading innovators and researchers in Schema Therapy. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University in 1990, and served on the faculties of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Fordham University in New York City. He was trained in Schema Therapy by Dr. Jeffrey Young, and worked at Young’s Schema Therapy institute in New York City.


graduated with an MA in Child Clinical Psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She worked in the Israeli prison service, serving primarily as the lead psychologist for the only women’s prison in Israel. Her main work was conducting psychological evaluation and providing treatment to murderers and offenders with severe personality disorders.


Ph.D, is the Coordinator of Training & Certification of ISST. Joan Farrell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Research Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University.


M.A. ISST Certified Supervisor-Trainer in Individual, Child-Adolescent and Group Schema Therapy. Ida Shaw is founder and director of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest-Indianapolis, which has International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) approved Certification Training Programs in Individual, Group and Child-Adolescent (C-A) Schema Therapy.


MD, is the director of the Swedish Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Schema Therapy. Poul is certified in both Individual and Couples Schema Therapy as a Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. He has served on the Schema Couples Therapy Committee since 2014.


LCSW, is the Public Affairs Coordinator for the ISST Executive Board, and is the Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center of New York (STTCNY). He is an Individual and Couples Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Travis trained with Jeffrey Young, the founder of Schema Therapy, starting in 1995, and worked as a staff member of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York for many years.


is a professor of psychology and the former director of clinical training at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Trained at Northwestern University, McLean Hospital, and the Cognitive Therapy Center in NY, he has been practicing CBT and schema therapy for close to 20 years.


Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, the director of The New Wave in Psychotherapy Program at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Hertzeliya and the founding director of the ‘Gay-Friendly Therapists Team’, the first gay-friendly psychotherapy institute in Israel (15 years ago)


Taz PhD, is a psychology and psychotherapy lecturer at ‘The New Wave in Psychotherapy’ Program at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Hertzeliya, and at the MA in Art Therapies Program at Seminar-HaKibbutzim College (Tel Aviv).


psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor certified by the ISST. Alessandro has worked on 56 editions of the international programme, and has trained and supervised hundreds of therapists


(MD), born 1959, 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, past-President and currently treasurer of the ISST.


holds a degree in Psychology (2003) from the University of Parma (Italy) and a postgraduate qualification in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy from the Istituto Watson, Turin. He is certified in Schema Therapy as a therapist and, since 2013, as a supervisor. His Ph.D. in “Biology of Behaviour” was awarded almost in the same period from the Department of Evolutionary and Functional Biology, University of Parma.


Italian President of SIST (Italian Society of Schema Therapy ) and trainer - supervisor of SIST and ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy)


PhD., cooperates with the Heinrich-Heine-University, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, was the chair of the Working Group ST-CA till 2017, (ISST e.V.), and works in his own Private Practice in Dusseldorf, Germany.




10:00-13:00 (ROOM 1)
JEFFREY YOUNG’s pre-conference workshop: “Intensive reparenting: strategies for hard-to-treat patients."

10:00-13:00 (ROOM 2)

WENDY BEHARY’s pre-conference workshop: “Narcissism, shame and intimacy disor- ders: strategies for dealing with the sexually self-absorbed and healing the broken trust in relationships”

10:00-13:00 (ROOM 3)
ARNOUD ARNTZ’s pre-conference workshop: “Imagery rescripting: a transdiagnostic technique to address traumatic memories from childhood”

10.00-13:00 (ROOM 4)
DAVID BERNSTEIN AND LIMOR NAVOT’s pre-conference workshop: “When therapy goes out of balance: patient-therapist mode interactions”.

10:00-13:00 (ROOM 5)
IDA SHAW’s pre-conference workshop: “Surviving adolescence and growing from mode clashes: corrective emotional experiences for adolescents and their families”

13:00-14:30 LUNCH BREAK

14:30-17:30 (ROOM 1 - PLENARY SESSION)
JOAN FARRELL and Ida Shaw’s pre-conference workshop: “Experiencing Schema Therapy from the inside-out: a self-practice-self-reflection workshop for Therapists”

14:30-17:30 (ROOM 2)
POUL PERRIS and TRAVIS ATKINSON’s pre-conference workshop: “Healing Love Relationships with Schema Couples Therapy”

14:30-17:30 (ROOM 3)
ESHKOL RAFAELI’s pre-conference workshop: “Schema Therapy in the treatment of

Axis-I disorders”

14:30-17:30 (ROOM 4)
OFFER MAURER and MICHAL SCHOENBERG-TAZ’s pre-conference workshop:“Schema Therapy in the erotic realm - maps, strategies and beyond”

14:30-17:30 (ROOM 5)
ALESSANDRO CARMELITA’s pre-conference workshop working in front of the mirror: new methods to boost integration


09:00-10:00 (ROOM 1 - PLENARY SESSION)
JEFFREY YOUNG’s keynote speech: “Intensive Reparenting: extending the boundaries with hard-to-treat patients”.

10:00-10:30: BREAK

10:30-12:30 (ROOM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Chairmen: Eckhard Roediger (room 1); Harold Dadomo (room 2); Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw (room 3); Poul Perris (room 4); Laura Beccia (room 5)

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 1)
ECKHARD ROEDIGER’s keynote speech: “Contextual Schema Therapy: integrating the ACT-perspective into building up the Healthy Adult Mode”

12:30- 13:30 (ROOM 2)
HAROLD DADOMO’s keynote speech: “A new model of intervention in Schema The-

rapy to treat obsessive compulsive disorder: overview of therapeutic interventions and first outcomes”

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 3)
JOAN FARRELL and IDA SHAW’s keynote speech: “Experiencing Schema Therapy from the inside-out: corrective emotional experiences for therapists”

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 4):
PAUL PERRIS’ keynote speech: “A Schema-Mode perspective on radicalization processes – an in-depth interview with a member of the Swedish neo-Nazi movement”

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 5)
LAURA BECCIA’s keynote speech: Schema Therapy And Eating Disorder: A Case Con- ceptualization”

13:30-15:00: LUNCH BREAK

15:00-16:00 (ROOM 1, PLENARY SESSION)
ARNOUD ARNTZ’s keynote speech: “Schema Therapy for personality disorders: the latest research findings on effectiveness and mechanisms of change”

16:00-16:30: BREAK

16:30-18:30 (ROOM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)SYMPOSIUMS Chairmen: different Italian expertsUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st

09:00-10:00 (ROOM 1 - PLENARY SESSION)
WENDY BEHARY’s keynote speech: “The wisdom of empathy in an era of Narcissism”

10:00-10:30: BREAK

10:30-12:30 (ROOM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
SYMPOSIUMS Chairmen: David Bernstein (room 1); Christof Loose (room 2); Eskhol Rafaeli (room 3); Offer Maurer (room 4); Travis Atkinson (room 5)

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 1 - GRANDE)
DAVID BERNSTEIN’s keynote speech: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words! Schema Therapy with the iModes”

12:30- 13:30 (ROOM 2)
CHRISTOF LOOSE’s keynote speech: “Schema Therapy for children and adolescents – basics and new approaches”

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 3)
ESKHOL RAFAELI’s keynote speech: “Mode work in Schema Therapy: a trans-diagno- stic approach”

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 4)
OFFER MAURER’s keynote speech: “The fascinating and ever so elusive multiple na- ture of human sexuality and gender: how can Schema Therapy help?”

12:30-13:30 (ROOM 5)
TRAVIS ATKINSON’s keynote speech: Love in the Swiping Era: Maximizing Impact to Create Lasting Change

13:30-15:00: LUNCH BREAK

15:00-16:00 (ROOM 1, PLENARY SESSION)

ALESSANDRO CARMELITA’s keynote speech: the therapeutic relationship: from complexity to simplicity to create new significant relational and emotional experiences

16:00-16:30: BREAK

16:30-18:30 (ROOM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

SYMPOSIUMS Chairmen: different Italian experts


Members of ISST or SIST:

• Within June 30th: 250 euros • Within July 31st: 350 euros • Regular fee: 450 euros


Therapists who are NOT Students: members of ISST or SIST:

• Within June 30th: 350 euros • Within June 30th: 200 euros • Within July 31st: 450 euros • Regular fee: 250 euros
• Regular fee: 450 euros

Please visit our website www.schematherapy-congress.com to register to the Congress. If you have any questions or need additional details and/or assistance, please email us at the following address: EMAIL

To submit reports and clinical studies
to the symposia or to propose posters write to: EMAIL



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Event website: www.schematherapy-congress.com

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