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  • 18 Apr 2020 10:31 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Created specifically for the psychologically-minded, the 2020 ISST Virtual Summit will be offered for the first time, available to registered participants on their devices wherever they reside.


    The 2020 ISST Virtual Summit promises to be 2020’s “must attend” event for psychotherapists and researchers everywhere.

    You will be able to meet, mingle, and share ideas on our virtual portal with some of the most innovative minds in the world of psychotherapy, using best technology platforms.

    We have assembled a select group of presenters from INSPIRE 2020 who will be sharing especially relevant information to apply schema therapy to our populations during the coronavirus crisis. They will also be sharing some of the latest research and clinical findings from 2020 in the world of schema therapy.

    If you can’t attend INSPIRE 2020 in Copenhagen in 2021, you can still register for the 2020 ISST Virtual Summit separately.

    Registered participants of INSPIRE 2020 will receive access to the 2020 ISST Virtual Summitautomatically, based on days of registration. If you would like to add a day that you haven’t yet registered for, you may also include the extra day in a separate registration for the summit.

    Watch your inbox for more exciting details, coming shortly.


  • 19 Mar 2020 10:45 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    The health and safety of our ISST members and the participants of INSPIRE 2020 is our top priority, as we noted in our conference update from March 11th.

    As events have unfolded during the coronavirus crisis, it is now with sadness that we must announce that we have to cancel the in-person version of our 8th biennial conference, INSPIRE 2020, in Copenhagen.

    We understand how disappointing this decision is, and also can imagine that for many of you, changing travel arrangements will be burdensome.

    However, due to the announcements by both the Danish Health Ministry and the World Health Organization limiting public gatherings, it will not be possible to meet in-person in Copenhagen from May 28th through 30th of this year.
    First, although there will not be an onsite program from May 28th through the 30th, stay tuned for details about our 2020 Virtual Summit, where you can stay connected to your Schema Therapy Community.

    We look forward to offering innovative ways to help keep the spirit of this year’s gathering alive online, especially during this crisis time for the world, during the same dates of May 28th through 30th.

    Be assured that the virtual summit will be much more than a passive event—you’ll be able to interact live with presenters and fellow participants, albeit virtually.

    If you’re in a time zone that doesn’t cooperate with Central European Time, we’ll have recordings of the live event that you’ll be able to watch at your convenience, which may be especially inviting to those who were not planning to travel to Copenhagen.

    We will be announcing more details of the virtual program shortly.
    Second, since planning a conference for the Schema Therapy Society requires a huge financial investment long in advance of the actual conference, we kindly ask you to please wait to make your decision about your plans for the conference until after we finish our negotiations with the Tivoli venue so that we can present new options that we trust you will find inviting, in addition to cancelling your travel plans to Copenhagen for this May.
    If there was ever a time for schema therapists to connect with each other, and to hear from some of the leading voices in the field of schema therapy, it is now.

    “Social distancing” does not have to stop us from joining together for three days of connecting over the topic of “Reinventing the Therapeutic Relationship.”

    Stay tuned for our announcement with some exciting new options, coming shortly.
    ISST’s Executive Board

    David Edwards, Susanne Vind, Eckhard Roediger, Travis Atkinson, Susan Simpson, Jeff Conway, Alexandra Schosser and Paul Kasyanik

  • 11 Mar 2020 7:09 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

    Your health and safety are our top priorities in Copenhagen.
    INSPIRE 2020 is scheduled for May 28 - 30, 2020
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    To address the growing concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) for the upcoming INSPIRE 2020 conference in Copenhagen, we are developing extraordinary steps for health and safety to address the needs and concerns of participants.
    While it is impossible now to know exactly what the situation will be by the end of May, we are extensively preparing for several possibilities with information that we are updating daily.

    We are expanding the ability of participants to attend the conference, addressing both virtual and physical resources.
    Live Streaming: First, we plan to make a significant investment to offer all participants a live streaming option for reliable and stable virtual online attendance, available for all selections over the three days. This will be offered to presenters as well as participants, as needed.

    We will devote time to help presenters optimize their presentations online. Additionally, participants will also have access to recordings of sessions to review after the conference ends, at their leisure.

    Fortunately, the conference is taking place in a state-of-the art venue offering the best technologies available for your best experience.

    We will be sharing more details about this process in the near future to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to attend the Schema Therapy Event of the Year, either in-person or virtually.
    Physical Venue: Second, unless circumstances change beyond our control, we plan to hold the conference at the venue in Copenhagen using best industry practices available.

    Together with the Tivoli Hotel, the conference venue, we are developing a detailed Emergency Operations Plan for the health and safety of all of our participants and staff that will be employed before the conference, during the conference, and after. We will be updating information regularly from the Danish Health Authority and World Health Organization.
    As of today, the plan may include the following protocols:
    • using thermal scanners to measure the temperatures of participants and staff before they can enter the event venue. Participants and staff with temperatures above 38 C/100 F will be escorted to an isolation holding room where medical personnel will interview and potentially quarantine the participants, if necessary. The isolation room will be staffed by trained medical professionals following proper infectious disease protocols
    • forbidding anyone to enter the event venue who, within two weeks prior to arriving at the venue, has experienced any flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, or vomiting. We must insist on full compliance to this policy to protect our fellow participants and staff. We strongly advise any participants and staff who have had these symptoms two weeks prior to the event to stay home and seek local healthcare treatment, as necessary
    • using extra precautions for participants and staff who have visited currently designated high-risk areas by the World Health Organization two weeks prior to the conference’s start
    • reminding participants and staff to regularly check updates on travel restrictions that could potentially restrict their ability to arrive and depart from Copenhagen
    • updating participants and staff on a regular basis of any new developments, at least two weeks before the event, one week before, three days before, one day before, and each day of the conference
    • encouraging high-risk participants and staff (older adults and participants with underlying health conditions who may be considered at increased risk for severe illness and complications from COVID-19) to consult their healthcare provider about the possibility of attending larger events like INSPIRE 2020 before traveling to Copenhagen and arriving at the venue. We encourage participants in this group to consider using our live streaming option
    • modifying our plan as we get closer to the event date as recommended by the Danish Health Authority and the World Health Organization
    • cleaning the venue rigorously with appropriate disinfectant agents for multiple surfaces, such as door knobs, lecterns, microphones, escalator handrails, trash receptacles, water stations, elevator bottoms, chairs, registration tables, and bathrooms
    • requiring all participants and staff to use sanitizer before entering the event venue, and offering ample sanitizer stations throughout the venue for liberal application
    • reminding participants and staff of a no-physical contact policy during the event. Virtual hugs, hellos, and air waves can replace handshakes or literal hugs. Participants and staff will also be reminded to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, eating, blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing. Additionally, participants and staff will be reminded not to touch their eyes, mouth, or nose, especially with unwashed hands, and to cover a cough with a tissue that is then disposed of, or to cough or sneeze into their elbow
    • applying additional safety measures where refreshments are served, including splash and sneeze guards around buffets and careful handling food items. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in front of serving stations
    • including additional qualified staff at the venue to handle the possibility of medical emergencies, with the ability to provide necessary on-site diagnosis, and to oversee medical needs
    • tracking the health of participants and staff after the event ends to help prevent the possibility of future transmissions
    • allowing ample notice of cancellation and refund dates:
      • Registration: Participants who choose not to use the live streaming option online may cancel their registration by April 15, 2020 to receive a full refund, minus €50, or apply their registration toward a future credit of INSPIRE 2022 for no additional cost. After that date, refunds are not possible, but live streaming will be offered to all participants. We strongly encourage participants to remain enrolled for INSPIRE 2020 to help the society, as we will be investing a large amount of funds towards the live streaming option, and it was already necessary to outlay significant funds of the society to secure the venue
      • Social Events: participants may cancel the GALA Dinner for a full refund if they notify us by April 27, 2020; after that date, no refunds are possible. For all other additional social events, participants must notify us by May 10, 2020 for a full refund; after that date, no refunds are possible
    With an abundance of caution, we anticipate no need to cancel the physical venue aspect of INSPIRE 2020, and will proceed with live streaming. We will be regularly monitoring and updating conditions, and implementing additional measures as needed.
    We sincerely hope to see you in-person or online in Copenhagen as our Schema Therapy Community once again reconvenes to celebrate all that we have to offer each other.

    If you have questions about your registration, social events, or hotel reservations made through us, please contact the ISST Office at: EVENTS

    If you have other questions about the event, please contact Travis at: MEDIA


  • 10 Nov 2019 10:19 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.



    Tap to watch our INSPIRE 2020 Promo Video!


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  • 07 Nov 2019 10:09 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

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  • 05 Oct 2019 12:28 AM | 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.


    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. 



    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 
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    Share Your Favorite Pictures at: #ENLIGHT2019EDI

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  • 15 Sep 2019 12:38 AM | 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.


    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 our ENLIGHT 2019 Highlight Video!


    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

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  • 26 Aug 2019 12:46 AM | 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.

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    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.



    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

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  • 23 Jun 2019 1:00 PM | 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.


    Date: 9 July 2019 9:00 am AEST

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

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

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    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.



  • 23 May 2019 3:39 PM | David Edwards

    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.)


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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