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  • 10 Nov 2019 6:19 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Copenhagen is a city of fairytales. Every phase of your life can be revisited in the Danish capital city, from reliving your childhood in Tivoli Gardens to reminiscing back to the best of your college years across the river in Christiania. Your roaring 20s can be rediscovered in and out of eco-friendly boutiques in the Norrebrodistrict. With ultra-modern hotels and famously cutting-edge restaurants, including a whopping 15 with Michelin stars, you will delight in the home of Scandinavia's best bargain as Copenhagen proudly hosts the 8th biennial conference of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), known as INSPIRE 2020

    Preregistration will be opening very shortly for the conference that takes place May 28th through the 30th, 2020. If you sign-up for the email list now, you will receive priority access to the lowest Tier 1rates, along with the best selections available, while space remains. But you must sign-up now, and act quickly when you receive the email, since only 400 spaces are available in Tier 1.

    We will be offering more selections than ever before, with 12 tracks during the Day 1 Intensives on May 28th, and 3 segments of 13 selections during Day 2 and Day 3 on Friday and SaturdayMay 29th through the 30th.

    Subscribe now, and when preregistration opens, be sure to act quickly to secure your spot.


    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    INSPIRE 2020 PROMO VIDEO

    Tap to watch our INSPIRE 2020 Promo Video!

    INSPIRE 2020: REINVENTING THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP


    CREATED BY
    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    Copyright © 2019 International Society of Schema Therapy, All rights reserved. 
  • 07 Nov 2019 6:09 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)






    Presented by Jeff Conway

    A Closer Look at Enmeshment and the Undeveloped Self

    During the webinar, Jeff engaged in a deeper and more expansive exploration of the Enmeshment and Undeveloped Self schema. Based on his experience, he offered viable strategies and interventions for healing patients struggling with the negative impact the schema has on their lives. 

    The Enmeshment and Undeveloped Self schema affects many patients, and even therapists who work with them. Untreated, this schema can undermine self-understanding, cause an internal state of confusion, provoke anxiety around forming close relationships, and limit the ability to function in the world. 

    Jeff focused on ways Enmeshment is engendered in the family system, and the impact culture has on instilling core beliefs related to it. He will emphasize two core unmet needs fostering Enmeshment: attunement and autonomy. Jeff explored the value of setting boundaries, including the impact weak or unclear boundaries can have. He also shared how roles in the family system can engender Enmeshment. 

    Finally, Jeff illustrated how a person can feel more empowered and better able to engage in more satisfying and reciprocal relationships on the pathway toward strengthening the Healthy Adult mode, weakening the Enmeshment schema and the destructive modes that accompany it. 


    About the Presenter

    Jeff Conway is the Training Coordinator on the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2018 to present. He is a founding member of the society, serving in various roles. Jeff is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer for Individuals and Couples.

    Jeff is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and is a founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT). He is also a Certified Group Psychotherapist from the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and has led two psychodynamic therapy groups for more than 15 years. He has developed a specialty on the Enmeshment and Undeveloped Self Schema, providing trainings and supervision to help clinicians treat the schema effectively.

    Please view the webinar by visiting: ENMESHMENT WEBINAR

    Created by
    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR

  • 04 Oct 2019 6:28 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)



    ENLIGHT 2019 premiered in the beautiful city of Edinburgh from May 1st through the 3rd. The sold-out venue at the Royal College of Physicians in the heart of the historic Old City was the sight where participants from around the world gathered for three days of intensive, all-day workshops from some of the leading experts in schema therapy.

    We are happy to share the Featured Presentation at ENLIGHT 2019, presented by the Founder and Creator of Schema Therapy, Jeff Young, titled, "The Interplay Between Schemas and Modes for Lasting Results."

    Jeff discussed the challenges many therapists face when struggling to balance between a focus in treatment on schemas relative to modes. The end result of a sometimes fragmented approach between the two concepts can lead to incomplete treatment outcomes that may not fully realize both emotional and behavioral change in patients.  

    When therapists solely focuses on schemas to treat a patient, they may underutilize the effectiveness of mode work to break life patterns and to create behavioral changes. Similarly, therapists who practice a singular focus on mode work may limit the full impact targeting schemas can have to help a patient create deep emotional changes.

    Jeff clarified on a conceptual level how schemas and modes can work together simultaneously to create both emotional and behavioral change. Originally, the shema and mode concepts were not developed to be separate approaches to treatment, but rather to be addressed at the same time. He demonstrated how to change schemas at a deep level within the context of working with modes.

    Additionally, some schemas are not addressed in mode work, so an effective schema therapist may best meet the needs of a patient’s schemas by flexibly stepping out of mode work when appropriate to target specific schemas. Effective schema therapy also encourages therapists to tailor their treatment approach to focus intensely on an individual’s schemas when the need arises.

    The skilled schema therapist is also adept at shifting from a schema focus to a mode focus, flexibly, depending on the particular needs and life situation of a patient. One example would be when therapists are working with patients experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder who may need to have their schemas addressed in the beginning stages of treatment, followed by a shift to target modes as the therapy continues.

    Jeff explained how to determine when to focus more on schemas or modes, or to use both concepts simultaneously depending on the stage of therapy and the life situations patients are facing.

    Ultimately, effective schema therapists can flexibly use the interplay between schemas and modes to help patients create both deep rooted emotional shifts and change chronic behavioral patterns to achieve optimal and lasting results.

    FEATURED PRESENTATION

    We were thrilled to have Jeff Young as our Featured Speaker during the opening day of ENLIGHT 2019. In his clear and concise way, Jeff presented concepts about schemas and modes that can benefit all therapists who practice schema therapy. We are very grateful to Jeff for graciously granting us permission to share both his slides and our digital recording of his Featured Presentation. 

    Active ISST Members enrolled on the website can view Jeff's Featured Presentation by tapping the "Watch Now" button below. 

     
    WATCH NOW

    ENLIGHT 2019 SPONSORS

    Read about training program offers from Sponsors of ENLIGHT 2019, including:
    • Schema Therapy Academy in IbizaVISIT
    • Schema Therapy School in LondonVISIT
    • Wainer Psicologia Cognitiva Schema Therapy Training Program in BrazilVISIT
    • Schema Therapy Training Center of New YorkVISIT
    • Schema Therapy Associates in London: VISIT
    Not enrolled on the ISST website? ENROLL NOW 
    Not yet an ISST member? JOIN US

    Share Your Favorite Pictures at: #ENLIGHT2019EDI


    CREATED BY
    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    Copyright © 2019 International Society of Schema Therapy, All rights reserved. 
  • 14 Sep 2019 6:38 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)



    ENLIGHT 2019 premiered in the beautiful city of Edinburgh from May 1st through the 3rd. The sold-out venue at the Royal College of Physicians in the heart of the historic Old City was the sight where participants from around the world gathered for three days of intensive, all-day workshops from some of the leading experts in schema therapy.

    We are happy to share three recordings that highlight some of the experiences participants enjoyed at the biennial symposium, starting with the Welcome Address this week, followed next week with the Featured Presentation, and finally the Plenary Panel.

    WELCOME ADDRESS

    Three days of intense training in schema therapy were kicked off with a Welcome Address, presented by Susan Simpson, the ISST Executive Board Secretary.  

    Active ISST Members enrolled on the website can view Susan's address by tapping below. Watch as she shares highlights about Edinburgh, including fun tidbits about how the Scottish might question your intelligence, talk about the weather, or invite you to join in a sing along. 

    Next Up: the  Featured Presentation by Jeff Young, the founder and creator of schema therapy, titled "The Interplay Between Schemas and Modes for Lasting Results."
     
    WATCH NOW

    ENLIGHT 2019 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

    Watch our ENLIGHT 2019 Highlight Video!

    ENLIGHT 2019 SPONSORS

    Read about training program offers from Sponsors of ENLIGHT 2019, including:
    • Schema Therapy Academy in IbizaVISIT
    • Schema Therapy School in LondonVISIT
    • Wainer Psicologia Cognitiva Schema Therapy Training Program in BrazilVISIT
    • Schema Therapy Training Center of New YorkVISIT
    • Schema Therapy Associates in London: VISIT
    Not enrolled on the ISST website? ENROLL NOW 
    Not yet an ISST member? JOIN US

    Share Your Favorite Pictures at: #ENLIGHT2019EDI


    CREATED BY
    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    Copyright © 2019 International Society of Schema Therapy, All rights reserved. 
  • 25 Aug 2019 6:46 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)



    Watch the seventh installment of ISST's webinar series, "Special Issues in Schema Therapy for Chronic Depression," presented by Ruth Holt.

    The 90-minute webinar recording is free for all active ISST members enrolled on the website.

    Not a member? JOIN US
    Not enrolled on the ISST website? ENROLL NOW

     

    Special Issues in Schema Therapy for Chronic Depression


    Ruth focused on how to treat chronic depression and dysthymia with schema therapy, using Renner's model outlined in the article by Renner, Arntz, Leeuw and Huibers in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice in 2013, titled, "Treatment for chronic depression using schema therapy."

    Ruth discussed the role of specific schemas in blocking progress. She also described  behavioral pattern-breaking approaches for addressing the "depressongenic interpersonal style" typical in patients with chronic depression. Ruth also presented practical strategies to help clinicians remain in the "healthy adult therapist mode" when working with this challenging population.


    About the Presenter

    Ruth Holt is a Clinical Psychologist and is the Principal of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology. She has advanced certification by ISST in both Individual and Couples Schema Therapy. Ruth delivers certification training, presenting on couples, domestic and family violence, and women's mental health issues. She has gained some of her most valuable therapeutic tools working with very challenging patients in schema therapy, and she will be sharing some of the lessons she has learned during the webinar.

    WATCH NOW

    PAST SCHEMA THERAPY WEBINARS

    Contextual Schema Therapy: Building the Healthy Adult Mode with Robert Brockman

    This approach focuses on developing and strengthening the healthy adult mode to improve interpersonal relationships, based on the integration of 3rd wave techniques of mindfulness, self-compassion and values. Watch: THIRD WAVE
    Body-Focused Methods in Schema Therapy with Janis Briedis 
    The theory and experiential approach to integrating body-focused techniques to enhance schema therapy practice in a time-limited manner. Watch: BODY-FOCUS
    Schema Therapy from the Inside Out with Joan Farrell
    Use self-practice (SP) and self-reflection (SR) skills in your schema therapy work. Enrolled members can watch the webinar to help relate more to clients. Watch: INSIDE/OUT
    Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma with Chris Hayes
    Enrolled members can watch how to formulate, engage, and provide treatment for trauma-related symptoms. Watch: SCHEMA THERAPY FOR TRAUMA
    Dealing with Angry Patients: Tips & Tricks for Therapists with Remco van der Wijngaart
    Watch how to treat anger in patients, including refusing to do exercises, spontaneous outburst, and threats or intimidation. Watch: SCHEMA THERAPY FOR ANGER
    Schema Therapy for Grief with Gemma Gladstone 
    Watch how you can use experiential techniques in Schema Therapy to help patients who are grieving. Visit: SCHEMA THERAPY FOR GRIEF

    Created by
    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    Copyright © 2019 International Society of Schema Therapy, All rights reserved.
  • 23 Jun 2019 7:00 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    How do you help your patients strengthen their healthy adult mode?

    Register now for the six installment of ISST's webinar series, "Building the Healthy Adult," presented by Robert Brockman

    The 90-minute webinar is free to all active ISST members. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by signing up now.

    If you can't attend, you can return to the ISST website after the webinar to view the recording if you're an active member enrolled on the ISST website.

    DETAILS

    Date: 9 July 2019 9:00 am AEST

    Time: 9:00 am AEST | 1:00 CEST | 12:00 am BST

    Please note your time zone date and time:

    8 July 7:00 pm EDT | 4:00 pm PDT

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    Not enrolled on the ISST website? ENROLL NOW

    CONTEXTUAL SCHEMA THERAPY: BUILDING THE HEALTHY ADULT MODE IN SCHEMA THERAPY

    The development of a healthy adult mode is the backbone of any successful schema therapy treatment. Despite this key role, a detailed description of how the healthy adult mode can be explicitly enhanced has been lacking in the schema therapy literature.

    This webinar presents an approach to developing and strengthening the healthy adult mode, based on the recent book Contextual Schema Therapy: An Integrative Approach to Personality Disorders, Emotion Dysregulation and Interpersonal Functioning by Eckhard Roediger, Bruce Stevens and Robert Brockman (Context Press, 2018). 

    The book focuses on schema modes to improve interpersonal relationships, and includes exercises from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). Robert's major contribution as a co-author included integrating the 3rd wave techniques of mindfulness, self-compassion and values to directly strengthen the healthy adult mode.

    About the Presenter

    Robert Brockman is accredited by ISST as a schema therapist, supervisor and trainer. He regularly facilitates training events for Schema Therapy Training of Australia, providing trainings in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Robert currently holds a research fellowship with Australian Catholic University (ACU) where he researches psychological approaches to well-being and schema therapy processes, including the relevance of schema therapy to chronic rumination and worry, HIV sufferers, problems gamblers, forensic patients, psychosis and eating disorders.

    Robert was honored as the winner of the INSPIRE 2016 Young Investigator Award, presented in Vienna, Austria. The award highlighted his research applying schema therapy for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and the pathological worry processes.

    Robert runs Schema Therapy Sydney, a private practice located in Sydney dedicated to schema therapy and related experiential therapy approaches. He practices out of his Liverpool clinic.

    Andrew Phipps, a clinical psychologist from Sydney, will be facilitating the webinar.


    CREATED BY

    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR

  • 23 May 2019 9:39 AM | David Edwards (Administrator)

    High quality schema therapy supervision is essential for the development of highly competent schema therapists. This webinar is comprised of 4 training modules and is developed for:

    Advanced Level Schema Therapists who are interested in becoming supervisors in Schema Therapy. This is now an ISST requirement for those who began certification training in January 2014 or later.

    Schema Therapists who began training before 2014 and wish to become supervisors may attend the 3 hour webinar to be given by Jeff Conway in the fall, but are encouraged to participate in the new 12 hour webinar.

    Current Supervisors who completed the previous mandatory 3-hour webinar are also encouraged to register for any or all of the new webinar modules.   

    The Webinar Includes:

    • The general approach to supervision based on the Schema Therapy model.
    • The 3 roles of a Schema Therapy Supervisor – Teacher, Mentor & Therapist.
    • A detailed introduction of the new Case Conceptualization Form & Case Conceptualization Rating Scale.
    • Guidance for common obstacles that arise for Supervisor and Supervisee.
    • Supervisee Schema & Mode activation.
    • Video vignettes illustrating how to overcome various types of challenges in supervision
    • A complete review of the Schema Therapist Competency Rating Scale.
    • Impediments to supervision.

    (When the forum allows, practice exercises and demonstrations will be included.)


    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM


  • 26 Apr 2019 7:38 AM | David Edwards (Administrator)

    Members of the ISST:

    Some of you are probably aware that the requirements for certification as a Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer have changed.  This email is meant to restate & clarify these changes. (This information is also posted on the ISST website.)

    Previously, an Advanced Schema Therapist could immediately attend the ST Supervisor/Trainer Webinar right after Advanced Certification and then become certified as a ST Supervisor and Trainer.

    Now the rules have changed so that all Advanced Schema Therapists who started training on January of 2014 or later must fulfill the following requirements before applying for Schema Therapy Supervisor/Trainer Certification.

    1. Three years of clinical work after receiving Certification in Advanced Schema Therapy.
    2. During this 3-year period, at least 10 patients are treated with Schema Therapy for a duration of at least 6 months (reporting of this based on the honor system).
    3. Of these 10 patients, 4 must have a diagnosis of some form of personality disorder (also based on the honor system).
    4. After this 3-year period, Advanced Schema Therapists must participate in a 12-hour Supervisor Skills Development Workshop Webinar.  Currently, this workshop is set up as 4 separate 3-hour online workshops provided over the course of 4 months.

    After all requirements are completed, an Advanced Schema Therapist can apply for Certification as a ST Supervisor/Trainer.

    These 4 workshops will be provided in 3-hour installments beginning in September 2019 and completing in December 2019.

    Stay tuned for the dates of these very important workshops!

    Warm Regards, Jeff Conway, ISST Training Coordinator (jconwayny@gmail.com)


  • 24 Mar 2019 10:11 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)


    How do you integrate schemas and modes to achieve lasting results?

    ANNOUNCING OUR FEATURED SPEAKER

    We are thrilled to announce that the FeaturedPresentation at ENLIGHT 2019 in Edinburgh will be presented by the creator and founder of Schema Therapy: Jeff Young.

    Taking place near the end of an active Day 1 full of learning and connecting with fellow colleagues from around the world, the FeaturedPresentation will be a highlight of ENLIGHT 2019.

    Jeff will discuss the challenges many therapists face when struggling to balance between a focus in treatment on schemas relative to modes. The end result of a sometimes fragmented approach between the two concepts can lead to incomplete treatment outcomes that may not fully realize both emotional and behavioral change in patients.  

    When a therapist solely focuses on schemas to treat a patient, she or he may underutilize the effectiveness of mode work to break life patterns and to create behavioral changes. Similarly, a therapist who practices a singular focus on mode work may limit the full impact targeting schemas can have to help a patient create deep emotional changes.

    Jeff will clarify on a conceptual level how schemas and modes can work together simultaneously to create both emotional and behavioral change. Originally, the shema and mode concepts were not developed to be separate approaches to treatment, but rather to be addressed at the same time. He will demonstrate how to change schemas at a deep level within the context of working with modes.

    Additionally, some schemas are not addressed in mode work, so an effective schema therapist may best meet the needs of a patient’s schemas by flexibly stepping out of mode work when appropriate to target specific schemas. Effective Schema Therapy also encourages a therapist to tailor his or her treatment approach to focus intensely on an individual’s schemas when the need arises.

    The skilled schema therapist is also adept at shifting from a schema focus to a mode focus, flexibly, depending on the particular needs and life situation of a patient. One example would be when a therapist is working with a patient experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder who may need to have his or her schemas addressed in the beginning stages of treatment, followed by a shift to target modes as the therapy continues.

    Jeff will explain how to determine when to focus more on schemas or modes, or to use both concepts simulataneously depending on the stage of therapy and the life situations the patient is facing.

    Ultimately, an effective schema therapist can flexibly use the interplay between schemas and modes to help patients create both deep rooted emotional shifts and change chronic behavioral patterns to achieve optimal and lasting results.

    ENLIGHT 2019 SCHEDULE

    LAST CHANCE: WE WERE ABLE TO OPEN A FEW MORE SPOTS FOR #ENLIGHT2019EDI

    ALREADY REGISTERED FOR ENLIGHT 2019? Your choices have been recorded when you made your selections during registration.

    To review your choices, please find your confirmation email that was automatically sent to you after you registered.

    Your selections will be available on your QR code when you pick up your name tag. You can save your choices for easy reference on the new version of the Schema Therapy App, soon to be updated and expanded with the latest technology features available.

    SCHEMA THERAPY APP: The Schema Therapy App will be your hub for connecting with other participants, and will help you navigate all that ENLIGHT 2019 offers. The app will be available before the symposium begins, exclusively to all participants.

    To receive credit for attendance at each selection, your name tag must be scanned when you enter and exit each day's selection.

    NOT YET REGISTERED? We were able to open a few more spots in the Final Tier before we reach maximum capacity for the venue. Don't delay: reserve your spot now to experience all that ENLIGHT 2019 offers, including the Featured Presentation by Jeff Young.
     
    REGISTER NOW

    HOTEL DISCOUNTS

    Where to stay? Edinburgh offers accommodations to satisfy every taste and budget. Grand historical hotels with old-world charm, and modern, design hotels allure you with contemporary habitats. Edinburgh also offers B&Bs with a friendlier budget, where you can experience how local residents live. Our venue contacts have compiled a list of top hotels with discounts for ENLIGHT 2019 participants. If you haven't yet reserved accommodations, visit the website now: HOTELS


    Created by
    TRAVIS ATKINSON
    ISST EXECUTIVE BOARD
    MEDIA COORDINATOR
    Copyright © 2019 International Society of Schema Therapy, All rights reserved.
  • 04 Mar 2019 3:18 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)



    Register now for the fifth installment of ISST's webinar series, taking place on Wednesday the 20th of March 2019.

    The topic, "An Introduction to Body-Focused Methods in Schema Therapy" will be presented by Janis Briedis.

    The 90-minute webinar is free to all active ISST members. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by signing up now.

    If you can't attend, you can return to the ISST website after the webinar to view the recording if you're an active member enrolled on the ISST website.


    DETAILS


    DateWednesday 20 March 2019
    Time: 8:00 am EDT | 12:00 pm GMT | 1:00 pm CEST  | 11:00 pm AEDT

    Check your local time at: TIME ZONE CALCULATOR

    REGISTER NOW



    An Introduction to Body-Focused Methods in Schema Therapy Webinar


    Janis will present the theory and experiential approach to integrating body-focused techniques to enhance schema therapy practice in a time-limited manner. These techniques are particularly helpful for clients presenting with complex needs with histories of severe childhood neglect or trauma who have difficulty engaging with traditional schema therapy strategies. The webinar will be interactive, designed specifically for schema therapists wishing to broaden their repertoire by incorporating simple but powerful somatically-focused interventions.

    About the Presenter

    Janis Briedis is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer practicing in London, England. He is also a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT), integrating EMDR, Mindfulness, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Sensorimotor Therapy in his practice. Janis teaches Schema Therapy, CBT, and Mindfulness in a variety of National Health Services (NHS) and academic settings, including the University of East London and University Hertfordshire.

    Susan Simpson, the ISST Executive Board Secretary, will be facilitating the webinar.

     

    REGISTER NOW


    An Introduction to Body-Focused Methods in Schema Therapy with Janis Briedis

    Date: Wednesday the 20th of March 2019

    REGISTER NOW





    This ISST webinar will be hosted by Susan Simpson, the ISST Executive Board Secretary.


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