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Module 2: Advanced Schema Therapy Skills for Complex Cases by Dr Helen Startup and Janis Briedis

  • 11 Oct 2019
  • (UTC-03:00)
  • 13 Oct 2019
  • (UTC-03:00)
  • Oxfordshire

Module 2: Advanced Schema Therapy Skills for Complex Cases

11-13 October, 2019, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire (residential) 

Module 2 overview

This 3-day workshop expands and deepens knowledge acquired in Module 1 and looks at the application of core schema therapy theory and techniques with specific complex presentations.

Topics covered in Module 2:

  1. Schema therapy for narcissism – formulation in terms of schemas and modes, distinguishing between different narcissistic presentations, building an alliance with these clients, overcoming obstacles to treatment.
  2. Schema therapy with cluster C personality disorders.  Including: avoidant, obsessive-compulsive and dependent personality disorders - formulation in terms of schemas and modes, working with resistance, avoidance and rigidity and working with a guilt inducing critic mode, plus adapting imagery and chair work for this Cluster C population.
  3. Schema therapy with forensic populations – discussion of forensic modes, distinguishing between different types of anger and working constructively with anger, using body-focussed techniques to facilitate the development of an internal sense of safety.
  4. Adapting schema therapy to work with complex Axis I presentations, or clients with significant difficulties who do not meet criteria for a personality disorder, such as: eating disorder, OCD, chronic PTSD or depression – formulation in terms of schemas and modes, plus the adaptation of cognitive, imagery and chair techniques.
  5. Time-limited schema therapy – adapting schema therapy for working in short and medium term timeframes.  Combining aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion focussed therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and schema therapy. Gauging a safe relational depth of work, managing endings.
  6. Supervision and further learning as a schema therapist.


Dr Helen Startup is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  She oversees personality disorder research for the trust and is a founder and co-director of the Sussex Parenting Clinic which is a recently commissioned service set up to support the parenting needs of adults who are seeking help for their own mental health difficulties.  Helen is an accredited CBT therapist and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, and is
passionate about improving outcomes for those with complex mental health needs.

Janis Briedis is a Counselling Psychologist and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, working in private practice in London and having worked in a complex case service in the NHS for over a decade. He is a trained CBT, EMDR, compassion-focussed and sensorimotor therapist working with complex cases. Janis has taught Schema Therapy, CBT, trauma-focussed approaches and mindfulness in the NHS as well as the academic setting, and is a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the UK.

For more details see: www.schematherapyschool.co.uk

Email: info@schematherapyschool.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 77 3493 1562 (Janis Briedis)

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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