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  • 24 Apr 2018 5:02 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INSPIRE 2018

    With one month to go, we're setting the stage for inspiration in Amsterdam.

    If you've already registered for the schema therapy event of the year, rest assured, we are working overtime to ensure that your time in Amsterdam inspires you to then inspire others in your work and life, long after you leave!

    Already registered? You should have already made your selections for the Preconference and Conference Days with the email link you received through Tiers 1-6. Participants in Tier 7 will be receiving their links shortly. Each participant must use their own email address to register, which is necessary to make selections and to receive a link to the upcoming Schema Events App. Missing your link? EMAIL

    Not yet registered? Hear from amazing thought leaders in the field of schema therapy. The sooner you register, the more you save, and the better your chances of getting your first choices. We have 60+ selections available for beginning to advanced levels, led by experts in schema therapy.

    Incredible choices: On Friday, May 25th, we have powerful keynotes you won't want to miss:

    • The Corrective Emotional Experience: Its Central Place in Schema Therapyby David Edwards
    • Corrective Emotional Experiences in Schema Therapy: Reflections in Research Findings and Clinical Impressions by Arnoud Arntz
    • Corrective Emotional Experiences in Emotion Focused Therapy by Rhonda Goldman

    Friday Morning Selections: Build your perfect day by choosing from three options:

    1. Choose one of six symposiums
    2. A round table discussion summarizing research over ISST's 10 years
    3. Five Hot Topic Sessions

    After lunch (included for participants), we have 27+ poster presentations, followed by Rhona Goldman's Keynote.

    Friday Early and Late Afternoon Selections: Choose from three options:

    1. One of seven skill classes and two case presentations (two parts, 90-minutes each)
    2. One of six 180-minute workshops
    3. Spanish certification course for individual schema therapy (two parts, 90-minutes each)

    Largest ISST conference ever: #INSPIRE2018AMS will be the premiere schema therapy event of the year. It will be an ideal time for you to network with your schema therapy colleagues, and deepen your connection with our worldwide community of schema therapists.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet experts in the field of schema therapy, including Jeff Young, Arnoud Arntz, and many more.

    Connect+Reconnect: meet new friends, and see familiar faces in the schema therapy community during the Morning Activities and at Friday's Evening Social Program. Be sure to join one or more of the following:

    • 7:00 am - 8:15 am: AcroYoga with Lisa Looping. If you did not add to your selector, tap here: ACROYOGA
    • 7:15 am - 8:15 am: Conference Choir with Vanesa Diaz & Rezar Dominguez. If you did not add to your selector, tap here: CHOIR
    • 7:30 pm: Van Gogh Museum Tour: tickets available on the website to add to your cart ADD VAN GOGH
    • 8:30 pm & 8:45 pm: Anne Frank Huis Tour: (SOLD OUT)
    May 2018
    If you haven't registered yet, do it now! We are nearing venue capacity: Less than 40 spots remain before we reach Tier 8, the final Tier!
    CELEBRATE THE CLOSING OF #INSPIRE2018AMS @ the Dinner and Party: Saturday evening is the time to gather to celebrate your time together in Amsterdam at the beautiful, historic venue of de Rode Hoed. A delicious buffet dinner is included, along with music and dancing to cap off three inspiring days! If you haven't yet purchased your ticket, be sure to reserve your space now by adding it to your cart on the registration page: DINNER & PARTY
    HOTELS: Have you made your hotel reservation? It is not too late to get great discounts by using our hotel service for the best rates on multiple hotels near the conference venue. Reserve your hotel now by tapping: HOTEL DISCOUNTS
    #INSPIRE2018AMS T-Shirt: The last day to order your Amsterdam conference t-shirt is May 1st. We have both crew neck and v-neck cuts. Order now by adding the t-shirt to your conference cart on the registration page: ORDER T-SHIRT

  • 20 Apr 2018 5:06 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Winners to be announced at the Closing Ceremony in Amsterdam.

    We invite you to nominate your city to host the next ISST conferences: tap the link below to nominate your city to host a future ISST conference, including:

    • ENLIGHT 2019 (formerly known as Summer School) 
    • INSPIRE 2020
    • ENLIGHT 2021
    • INSPIRE 2022

    When you tap the link, you will be asked the following questions:

    • Name the proposed host city, and include a description of the city and surroundings (200 words or less)
    • Provide two examples of comparable psychotherapy or healthcare-related conferences in your proposed city, and include costs of attendance per day, along with the venues that were used
    • Name the conference venue you would propose in the host city, and the best reasons it meets ISST's needs
    • Provide the contact information of a local event organizer in your proposed host city

    The four key factors we will consider in nominations are:

    1. Reasonable costs for ISST members, based on proposed calculations
    2. Suitability of venues
    3. Convenience of location and overall attractiveness of the host city
    4. How the host city meets the strategic goals of ISST

    It only takes a few minutes to submit your information, after you have researched the answers to the questions.

    DEADLINE: MAY 10th.

    Nominate Your Host City

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    Van Gogh Museum Added

    Since the Anne Frank Huis Tour is SOLD OUT, we've added another option for Friday evening in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum. Sign up now by visiting the registration page of the website.

    Van Gogh Tour »


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  • 09 Apr 2018 10:55 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Read about schema therapy with marginalized populations in the latest Schema Therapy Bulletin, exclusively available to active ISST members enrolled on the website. Not yet enrolled? Tap: ENROLL Not yet a member? Tap: JOIN US

    Schema therapy with marginalized populations.

    Marginalized populations are those excluded from mainstream social, economic, cultural, or political life.*

    More specifically exclusions can apply to educational opportunities, access to health/mental health care, membership in community groups or clubs, employment opportunities, or feelings of comfort, trust, and “fitting in” to the society in which members reside.  This feeling can be described as “Minority Stress”. Groups can experience exclusion and alienation by virtue of their gender, gender identity, race, religion, education level, appearance or social status, and the list goes on.

    In this issue of the Schema Therapy Bulletin, contributors will describe the application of the Schema Therapy model with three marginalized populations: Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals, Latinos living in the United States, and Military Veterans.

    After providing an overview of the distinction between anatomy and identity, Cesar Gonzalez outlines the predominate mental health symptoms prevalent in the transgender population, and explores their relationship to unmet core needs and specific schema development. Describing his work with Adam, a young man beginning hormone therapy to continue his transition from female to male, Cesar demonstrates Gender Affirming Schema Therapy in addressing the maladaptive schemas that arose from his gender dysphoria and his parents’ unwillingness to accept his identity as he experienced it.

    Megan Fry and Suzy Redston report on the symptoms likely to bring a soldier to a mental health professional, and describe the coping modes associated with military veterans. They note that in some cases individuals with unmet core needs may be drawn to military service. The structure and functioning of the military, the trauma of war, and the struggle to readjust to civilian life after service can all be stimuli for the manifestation and elaboration of unmet core needs, schemas, and maladaptive coping modes. The case of Ryan, a 44 year old army veteran illustrates these struggles.

    Carlos Rojas addresses the important balance between understanding and accepting cultural norms and stereotypes, and seeing each member of the culture as a unique person. Specifically he writes about the culture and values of the Latino community; it’s cultural resistance to mental health care, and it’s emphasis on family, respect machismo (a man’s position in the family), and marianismo, the role and function of women in the family). He goes on to propose that Latino culture may be characterized by particular schema profiles. This understanding can help to facilitate treatment.

    Our next issue will focus on New Developments in Schema Therapy. If you are interested in submitting an article for this or any future issue, please email us!

    Lissa Parsonnet (USA) &

    Chris Hayes (Australia)

    *(Marginalized Populations by Kay E. Cook In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods Edited by: Lisa M. Given).


    Dresses, Spiderman, and Gender Dysphoria: a Gender-Affirming Schema Therapy Approach by Cesar A. Gonzalez

    Anatomy is Not Identity

    After weeks 6 to 7 weeks into a fetus’ development, the expression of a gene induces changes that alter the trajectory of the development of a fetus’ sex characteristics and how expectant parents will eventually respond to the socially acceptable question of, “Are you having a boy or a girl?” In other words, “Are you expecting a baby with a penis or a vagina?” The moment this question is answered is when there are social rules put on the expectant parents and the unborn child. 

    These sex characteristics guide social expectations of “what boys do” and “what girls do” and impact how individuals view themselves, others, and their futures – as well as which colors or clothing they will use, which recreational activities they will pursue, what occupations they will be encouraged to follow, and even how much emotion is acceptable to express, and let people know where it's available.


    Schema Therapy and Latino Patients... A Cultural Approach by Carlos Rojas (USA)

    A primary challenge in working with patients from different cultural backgrounds is being able to use cultural generalizations appropriately without losing sight of the individual patient. To succeed in this challenge, clinicians must keep in mind that variations occur between cultural subgroups just as individuals subscribe to group norms to varying degrees. Consideration of culture is essential in the process of diagnosis and treatment of culturally diverse patients. 

    In the past decade the consideration of cultural factors has gained recognition in a variety of disciplines. In this article you will find a discussion of Latino cultural factors that are influential in the development of early maladaptive schemas (as defined within the Schema Therapy Model) and the propensity for specific schemas to develop within Latinos as a cultural group.


    Treat the Soldier and Unlock the Healthy Adult by Megan Fry and Dr. Suzy Redston (Australia)

    Generally, when a person with a military background comes for psychological treatment they have been unwell, with clinically significant symptoms for at least 12 months. There is a significantly higher 12-month prevalence of all mental illnesses compared to the general Australian population. For example, the prevalence of major depression (MDD) was 6.4% compared to 3.1% in general population (1).

    Generally military personnel will present for treatment with more than one of the following problems; trauma, unstable mood, anxiety, alienation, hyperarousal or substance use including alcohol. When working with people who have been in any kind of military, it can be very difficult to soothe maladapted modes and release the Healthy Adult.

    For the purposes of this article we shall discuss people who have been in the Army when they developed their psychological problems, however the general concepts can apply to other arms of a Defence Force. We shall aim to conceptualise the schema presented in terms of what draws people to join a Defence Force
     which can give clues to early maladapted schemas; how the training to be a soldier causes and strengthens maladapted coping modes and how these coping modes are not conducive with a healthy civilian adult. The final stage shall be a case study by one author (MF) to illustrate some of our ideas.


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  • 08 Apr 2018 10:51 AM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Travis, welcome a vital new tool for schema therapists.

    The Case Conceptualization Committee has worked for more than two years to create a new form that can help schema therapists be even more affective at employing treatments that best fit patients' needs. 

    The committee consists of Jeff Conway, Jeff Young, Poul Perris Joan Farrell, David Edwards, and Vartouhi Ohanian.

    Watch the interview to see how the form developed, and why it can help improve the work of schema therapists.

    If you are an active member of ISST, and enrolled on the website, you can download the new Case Conceptualization Form, along with a guidebook, and a sample case to help you complete the new form.

    Go to the new form

    Founder of Schema Therapy

    Jeff Young calls the new Case Conceptualization Form a "major new development... that is vitally needed."

    Chair of Committee

    Jeff Conway says the new Case Conceptualization Form is, "Great news for the schema therapy community."

    Jeff Young and Jeff Conway introduce the new case conceptualization form, interviewed by Travis Atkinson

    Copyright © 2018, International Society of Schema Therapy. All rights reserved.

  • 23 Mar 2018 3:52 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    INSPIRE 2018

    Brilliant minds in schema therapy will be present in Amsterdam. Will you?

    During the Preconference Workshops of INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam, you will get great content to enhance your knowledge and skills in schema therapy that you definitely don't want to miss.

    Already registered? You can make your selections for the Preconference and Conference Days with the email link you receive in the Tier level you registered with. 

    Tier 1 (March 9)

    Tier 2 (March 16)

    Tier 3 (March 23)

    Tier 4 (March 30th) 

    Tier 5 (April 6th)

    Tier 6 (April 13th)

    Tier 7 (April 22) 

    Not yet registered? The sooner you register, the more you save, and the better your chances of getting your first choices. We have 60+ selections available for beginning to advanced levels, led by experts in the schema therapy field.

    Incredible choices: during the Preconference Day, you can choose among 10 full-day workshops:

    • Corrective Emotional Experiences for Therapists by Joan Farrell and Wendy Behary
    • Transforming Challenging Couples by Travis Atkinson and Poul Perris
    • Fine Tuning Chair Work in Schema Therapy by Remco van der Wijngaart and Chris Hayes
    • Building the Healthy Adult Mode by Eckhard Roediger, Bruce Stevens, and Robert Brockman
    • Corrective Emotional Experiences for Adolescents and their Families: Surviving and Growing from Mode Clashes by Ida Shaw
    • Challenges in the Treatment of Complex Trauma, Neglect, and Dissociation by Robin Spiro and Judith Margolin
    • Schema Therapy for Axis I Disordersby Offer Maurer and Eshkol Rafaeli
    • Bypassing Challenges in the Schema Therapy Supervisor Role by Jeff Conway and Jeff Young
    • Experiential Techniques in Corrective Emotional Work with Children and Adults: Child Exercises that Fit for Adults by Paul Kasyanik, Elena Romanova, and Maria Galimzyanova
    • "Modes Behind Bars" Schema Mode Work for Your Toughest Patients! by David Bernstein and Limor Navot

    Largest ISST conference yet: INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam will be the premiere schema therapy event of the year. It will be an ideal time for you to network with your schema therapy colleagues, and deepen your connection with our worldwide community of schema therapists.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet many experts in the field of schema therapy, including Jeff Young and Arnoud Arntz.

    Connect+Reconnect: meet new friends, and see familiar faces in the schema therapy world at Thursday's Welcome Reception, between 5 pm and 6 pm.


    May 2018
    See details about each workshop, and register today, before we sell out!

    Copyright © 2018 International Society of Schema Therapy. All rights reserved. 

  • 07 Mar 2018 4:00 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    The Schema Therapy Event of the Year is on! #INSPIRE2018ADAM

    Registration is now officially open for INSPIRE 2018!

    We're proud to host INSPIRE 2018 in Amsterdam, May 24th through the 26th. Preregistration was a phenomenal success, with enrollment far surpassing the total for the largest prior gathering at INSPIRE 2016 in Vienna.

    If you have already registered, heeding the call of your early-bird helped you lock-in the lowest rates, and will give you the best choices possible when you make your conference selections.

    If you haven't yet registered for the conference, we encourage you to do so as quickly as possible, since space is limited, and we anticipate the venue will sell out. The sooner your register, the more you save, and the better your chances to attend your preferred selections! Less than 50 spots remain for Tier 5 Registration rates.

    MAKE YOUR SELECTIONS: If you are in Tier 1, you will receive an email link over the next day to choose your selections for the preconference and conference days. You have 7 days to make your choices before Tier 2 participants receive their email with the link, so act quickly! Tiers 3, 4, and 5 will follow.

    DISCOUNTS ON TOP HOTELS: Have you made your hotel reservation? We connected with the hotel service of the conference venue to help offer you discounted rates on some of the best hotels in Amsterdam. You're not likely to find better rates for a wide variety of hotels in various price ranges. You can reserve your hotel directly by visiting: HOTELS

    EXTRAS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT: Be sure to read through our conference website for tips on getting the most out of your stay, and add some extras to your INSPIRE 2018 cart:

    • GALA Event: Saturday's closing dinner and party is not to be missed! If you haven't purchased your ticket yet, visit: SATURDAY FUN
    • Anne Frank Huis Tour: gather together on Friday evening at the biographical museum of wartime diarist Anne Frank. Tickets must be purchased in advance: ANNE FRANK
    • INSPIRE 2018 T-Shirt: order our souvenior t-shirt, in V-neck and crew neck designs, in celebratory Dutch colors. Add your t-shirt to your cart now: STYLISH T
    • World-Class Dining Options: review some of the best restaurants in Amsterdam, a culinary delight. Visit: DUTCH TREATS

    VIEW THE SCHEDULE NOW: We posted all of the options you have to choose from in Amsterdam on the conference website, by far the largest selection we've ever offered, coming from a large community of schema therapist experts from all corners of the world. Visit: BE INSPIRED

    PREVIEWS COMING SOON: We will highlight some of the top selections, including interviews from schema therapists discussing the latest research and clinical findings they will be presenting in Amsterdam.

    Register Now

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  • 10 Feb 2018 6:41 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    The Schema Therapy Event of the Year is in Amsterdam

    Watch our official INSPIRE 2018 video

    Amsterdam is the place to be inspired in 2018

    Amsterdam has some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, a vibrant city inhabited by a multiracial community that celebrates a long history of inclusiveness. Today's Amsterdam is growing at an amazingly fast pace, with a lively restaurant and nightlife scene that is ever-changing. Much of Amsterdam still looks like it did in the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age, when it was the world's wealthiest city. From the beginning, Amsterdam's tolerant atmosphere was a magnet for political rebels, immigrants, Jews, and outcasts, featured stars of 17th century Dutch painters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Aelbert Cuyp, to name only a few. 

    The International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) invites you to attend INSPIRE 2018, taking place May 24th through the 26th, conveniently located near Centraal Station on the Damrak in the center of Amsterdam at the historical venue of Beurs van Berlage, once the home of a commodity stock exchange, and the site for the wedding of current Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Zorreguieta. 

    Selections: If you have already registered, you will be receiving an email over the next few weeks with a link to choose your preconference and conference selections, in the order of your Tier. 

    App for iOS and Android: In the coming weeks, if you registered, you will also receive a link to download the Schema Therapy Event App, so you can connect with fellow participants long before the fun in Amsterdam begins.

    Extras for Your Enjoyment: be sure to read through our Travel Planner for tips on getting the most out of your stay. Don't miss Saturday's gala dinner and party, taking place at the magical de Rode Hoed restaurant.  Place your order for your official INSPIRE 2018 t-shirt, made from the most comfortable fabrics available, to take home with you after the conference, helping you remember your inspiring experiences with your fellow schema therapy friends and colleagues long after INSPIRE 2018 ends. 

    Rewards for those who don't procrastinate: Less than 25 spots remain for Tier 3 Registration, so the sooner you register, the more you will save, and the more likely you'll get to attend your preferred selections.

    Register Now

  • 12 Jan 2018 4:24 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!

    From your friends at the

    International Society of Schema Therapy

    New Year, New Beginnings

    A preview of what the new year offers

    Your friends at the International Society of Schema Therapy would like to wish you a glorious, rewarding and productive new year, a chance for new beginnings to expand your personal and professional experiences.

    Perhaps more than ever, the times that we live in require us to open our minds to new challenges, and to create even more opportunities for solutions that help transform people’s lives. Together our worldwide community of clinicians, researchers, educators, and supporters can be mindful of the quote from Vivian Greene: 

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, 

    it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

    Scroll through some of the many benefits and opportunities in store for you as a member and supporter of the International Society of Schema Therapy in 2018.

    Preregistration for the Schema Therapy Event of the Year opened a few weeks ago, and enrollment is off the charts! The sooner your register, the more you save: only 75 spots remain for Tier 2 Rates. If you register now, you'll get the best rates now available, along with Tier 2 Preferred Access when you select your workshops and presentations, once the program is announced at the end of January. 

    Register Now

    Ready to dive into a topic you're passionate about? Check out the many Special Interest Groups ISST offers, or start your own group! Visit the Special Interest Groups page to choose among many topics, including Schema Therapy for the Aged, Autism, Children & Adolescents, Couples, Online Therapy, Trauma, Organizational Development, and Sexuality & Gender. You can also find out how to get approved to start your own group!

    Read More

    Find a training program in your part of the world, or where you would like to travel to by visiting our ISST Approved Training Program pages. You will find programs leading to certification in individual, group, couples, auxiliary, and children & adolescents, both in standard and advanced levels from expert trainers in the field of Schema Therapy.

    Read More

    Issues of the Schema Therapy Bulletin, published quarterly, are available to all active members who have enrolled on the ISST website. Read the latest issue, which includes articles on the topics of:

    • Working with strong coping modes in Schema Therapy by Lissa Parsonnet & Chris Hayes
    • Working with the Overcontroller Mode by Susan Simpson
    • Navigating the Angry Protector Mode by Kerry Beckley
    • Handling Overcompensation Modes by Odette Brande de Wilde & Maria Rocher
    • Working with the Self-Soother Mode by Sergio Morales
    Read More

    The ISST website is packed with interviews of many Schema Therapists on multiple topics. Enrolled members can access videos of keynote addresses from Istanbul in 2014 and Vienna in 2016, along with preview interviews from most of the presenters in Vienna. Watch your inbox for interviews with upcoming presenters and keynote speakers in Amsterdam, coming soon!

    Read More

  • 14 Dec 2017 3:43 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Treat yourself to gezelligheid in the splendor of the 17th-century Golden Age for INSPIRE 2018.
    Join us May 24-26 in Amsterdam!

    We are excited to announce that preregistration is now open to the public for the International Society of Schema Therapy's three-day biennial conference. INSPIRE 2018 promises to be the "must-attend" event for psychotherapists and researchers everywhere.

    Join us from May 24th to the 26th in Amsterdam, where a worldwide community of clinicians, researchers, educators, and supporters of schema therapy will gather for the latest advances in the field, while enjoying connections with new and familiar friends and colleagues who share a common passion for the model.

    We encourage you to register early for INSPIRE 2018, if you haven't already, to help us plan for the best conference yet for you. If you register now, you can lock-in Tier 2 savings, while securing Tier 2 access to choose your desired conference selections in January when the full program is announced.

    We now have a list of top-rated hotels on our website near the beautiful venue, so make your reservations early. Shortly, we will also be adding a complete "Travel Planner" to help you navigate the canal rings, gabled row houses, and treasure-filled museums.  
    Watch: Amsterdam is the Place in 2018 to be INSPIRED!
    The Next 150 Registrants Receive Tier 2 Rates, the Lowest Available!

    Lock in your savings: if you register now, you will save up to €75, and once the complete program is announced, you will get Tier 2-Priority to select your workshops.


  • 15 Nov 2017 1:41 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)
    Read the latest Schema Therapy Bulletin, exclusively available to active ISST members enrolled on the website. Not yet enrolled? Tap: ENROLL 


    Issue 8 of the Schema Therapy Bulletin offers three case presentations using Schema Therapy. 

    In the first article “The Hedgehog and the Prickles,” Galit Goren Gilead presents her very creative work in helping a 12-year-old boy who refused to go to school to work with his Avoidant Coping Mode. Using play therapy techniques, without the interpretive efforts in traditional psychodynamic therapy, the author was able to bypass and then weaken the avoidant coping mode, identify and strengthen the happy child mode, and begin to develop a healthy adult mode.

    Christof Loose shared the case of Schema Therapeutic Outpatient Treatment of a 15-year-old boy with Hypochondria Against the Background of a Car Accident Caused Paraplegia Early in Childhood.  In this case, the adolescent boy was referred for fear of dying, fatigue, depression and avoidance, along with physiological symptoms which interfered with school attendance as well as with other age-appropriate functioning. The author describes the five step schema therapy intervention that impact the teens symptoms and functioning.

    The final case discussion: “Mad for Connection” is a “Case Study in Schema Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa,” by Suzy Redston, in which schema mode work provided an understanding of the patients behaviors. Working to contain the angry child, the angry protector and the demanding child helped to find and soothe the vulnerable child, enabling the patient to work toward his goal of being able to have a healthy intimate relationship.

    In our ongoing “Meet the Board” series, Vivian Francesco interviewed Travis Atkinson, who ably manages Public Affairs for the ISST.

    We are currently seeking articles for future issues of the Schema Therapy Bulletin, and would be particularly interested in hearing from people doing Schema Therapy with underserved or marginalised.

    Co-Editors: Lissa Parsonnet, PhD, LCSW (USA) & 

    Chris Hayes Clinical Psychologist (Australia) 


    Y was 12 years old when he was referred to me by his psychiatrist. "He refuses to go into the classroom for 2 weeks now," his mother told me on the phone in a low, sad voice. "We practically have to push him in, with the teacher's help, and it's not easy, he's a big boy already. And when he does get in finally, we have to go through the whole circus again the next hour." 


    The reasons for the referral were vast: fear of dying, fatigue, and depression symptoms such as inactivity as well as social and emotional retreat; the teenager could not think about anything else other than his (to him unknown or awkward) physiological experiences such as dizziness or an extra systole could be the first signs of life-threatening diseases (e.g. brain tumor or heart disease). Numerous medical examinations, sometimes in emergency medical consultation, revealed no medical diagnosis. Since these problems did not only occur only at home, but also at school, significant social integration and achievement problems also arose. For example, about once or twice daily the patient had to leave the classroom, complaining about symptoms, and demanding immediate access to a rest room, where a personal school assist would help him to rest until the symptoms faded. After usually about 20-30 min, he returned to the classroom, to be met with the dismissing looks from peers and also at times from teachers. 


    The following describes the case of a man referred for psychotherapy after years of various treatments for anorexia nervosa restrictive subtype both voluntary and involuntary.The use of schema mode allowed the understanding of behaviours that were life interfering and until we adopted a schema mode approach had been managed by the patient (client) being obsessional about adherence to rules in all conditions and at the expense of all else.


    What role do you play on the ISST Executive Board and what made you want to run for that role? 

    When I was pursuing my clinical training in graduate school, I completed a joint program in not-for-profit management at New York University, with a focus on marketing...

    The Schema Therapy Bulletin is available exclusively to active ISST members enrolled on the ISST website. Not yet enrolled? Tap: ENROLL
    Be a Co-Creator of INSPIRE 2018!
    Submit Your Proposal Now

    11th December 2017:  Symposia, Individual Papers, Round Tables and Case Presentations

    11th January 2018: Posters and Schema Therapy Related Films and Video Materials

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