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Time-limited Schema Therapy by Michiel van Vreeswijk, CE

  • 08 Jun 2023
  • 9:00 AM (EEST)
  • 09 Jun 2023
  • 4:00 PM (EEST)
  • Helsinki City Center

Time-limited Schema Therapy

by: Michiel van Vreeswijk, CE

Schema therapy is widely used for both personality disorders and long-lasting clinical syndromes. Waiting lists for schema therapy are still increasing. So far research has focused on long-term schema therapy, however not all patients do need long-term schema therapy. Currently research is also starting to focus on time-limited ST.

In this interactive workshop participants will learn to work with time-limited schema therapy ranging from 10 sessions to 50 sessions. Examples of questions which will be addressed: what is the need of the patient and can that be addressed in time-limited therapy? How to create a time-limited ST specifically for this patient (person-based time-limited schema therapy)? How to keep focused? When to have more sessions? When is it enough and how to end schema therapy?

Time:  8.-9.6.2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Place: Helsinki city center

Training goals:
* Becoming aware of how schemas and modes influence the way we work in time-limited ST
* Feeling able to give person-based time-limited ST versus using time-limited Protocols
* Pitfalls, tips and Tricks for time-limited ST

Target group: Suitable for anyone who has basic knowledge about schema therapy (schemas, modes etc.) and schema therapy techniques. Suitable for psychotherapists and persons who are familiar with and who have experience about schema therapy as psychiatrists, psychologists, and Psychiatric nurses.

Trainers:  Michiel van Vreeswijk, MSc is clinical psychologist and CEO of G-kracht Mental Health Care Institute, The Netherlands. He is a certified supervisor and personal therapist in Cognitive behavioral therapy (VGCt), certified supervisor schema therapy individual and group schema therapy (ISST, Dutch society of ST) and specialist group therapy (Dutch society of group psychotherapie: NVGP). Michiel gives long-term and time-limited schema individual and group therapy. Michiel van Vreeswijk regularly gives schema therapy workshops/ supervision/ personal therapy in the Netherlands and worldwide. He is (co-)author/editor of several schema books/chapters/articles.

Preliminary program

Thursday. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

09.00–10.30 Introduction 
10.30–10.45 Break
10.45–12.00 Lecture and work.
12.00–13.00 LUNCH
13.00–14.30 Lecture and work.
14:30–14:45 Break
14:45–16:00 Lecture and work. Summary of the day.


Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

08.30–10.00 Introduction
10.00–10.15 Break
10.15–11.30 Lecture and work.
11:30–12:30 LUNCH
12:30–14:00 Lecture and work.
14.00–14.15 Break
14.15–16.00 Lecture and work. Collection of days.

Price: €  360 + VAT 24% (total €446.40)
For members of the Cognitive Psychotherapy Association €340 + VAT 24% (total €421.60). 


Registration: Register by May 19, 2023. The implementation of the training is determined according to the enrollment status on 19 May 2023, and for cancellations made after that, 50% of the course fee will be refunded. 
The prices include the teaching materials that the participants can use electronically.

Teaching methods (Powerpoint/Keynote/Prezi presentation, video/digital demonstration, role play, etc.)
70% of the workshop will be focused on experienced based learning by the participants of the workshop via imagery exercises, role play and chair technique. 30% of the workshop will be used for Powerpoint and giving examples as role models.

Relevant background readings about the topic (Chapters, research papers, guidelines etc.)
Vreeswijk, van, MF & Skewes, S. (2020). Online Therapies for PD Patients: The use of Secure Nest in (blended) schema therapy: an online tool for limited reparenting and bridging the gap between the therapist's room and the patient's daily life. ESSPD Academy Newsletter, (June), 4-5.

Vreeswijk, van, MF, Spinhoven, Ph., Zedlitz, AMEE, & Eurelings-Bontekoe, EHM (2019). Mixed results of a pilot RCT of time-limited schema mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy and competitive memory therapy plus treatment as usual for Personality disorders. Personality Disorders Theory Research and Treatment. doi: 10.1037/per0000361

Skewes, SA, Samson, RA, Simpson, SG & van Vreeswijk, M. (2015). Short-term group schema therapy for mixed personality disorders: A pilot study. Front. Psychol., 22 January 2015 | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01592.

Simpson, SG, Skewes, SA, van Vreeswijk, M . & Samson, R. (2015). Commentary: Short-term group schema therapy for mixed personality disorders: an introduction to the treatment protocol. Frontiers in Psychology, section Psychology for Clinical Settings .

Vreeswijk, MF, van, Spinhoven, Ph., Eurelings-Bontekoe, EHM, & Broersen, J. (2012). Changes in symptom severity, schemas and modes in heterogeneous Psychiatric patient groups following short term schema Cognitive behavioral group therapy. A naturalistic pre-post treatment design in an outpatient clinic. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1002/cpp.1813.

Simpson, SG, Morrow, E., Vreeswijk, van, M.F. , & Reid, C (2010). Group Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study.

Vreeswijk, van, MF, Broersen, J.  & Schurink, G. (2014). Mindfulness and Schema Therapy: A Practical Guide. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-75317-0

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Time-limited Schema Therapy by Michiel van Vreeswijk, CE

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