Schema therapy is an evidence-based treatment for personality disorders and ‘hard-to-treat’ presentations and problems. Derived from cognitive behavioural-therapy, schema therapy incorporates and emphasises a number of affect change techniques, such as imagery rescripting and chair work, and the concept of limited re-parenting in addition to cognitive and behavioural techniques in order to create change. The concept of early maladaptive schemas (or traits) and modes (or states) and how these derive from early experiences and the frustration of core emotional needs are central to schema therapy.
In this workshop, you will learn the underlying theory of schema therapy, an overview of its evidence base and a thorough understanding of the 18 schemas and key modes. In addition, you will leave knowing the key treatment techniques and unique treatment aspects of schema therapy. This will be done through a mixture of live demonstration, videos, practice and the writer presenting a clinical case of a client with borderline personality disorder and PTSD from his own practice to show how schema therapy is applied from the basis of the initial assessment and conceptualisation to the core treatment strategies and outcome. This will ensure that your experience and understanding is practical and clinically applicable in addition to theoretical.
By the end of this workshop participants will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the evidence-base of schema therapy
- An understanding of why schema therapy was created from CBT
- An understanding of the 18 maladaptive schemas
- An understanding of modes
- An understanding of questionnaires and techniques used in schema therapy assessment
- Knowledge of conceptualisation in schema therapy
- Knowledge of the 4 components of limited reparenting and the use of chair work in schema therapy and aspects of its application
- Knowledge of imagery rescripting
- An understanding of behavioural pattern breaking
About the presenter
Chris Hepworth is a clinical psychologist and accredited advanced schema therapist, trainer and supervisor who lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a small private practice in addition to working in the public mental health sector. He mainly works with individuals with personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, and trauma, although is also experienced is treating a range of presenting problems and clinical difficulties. In addition to being trained in schema therapy, Chris has been coordinating and delivering dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) programs for a number of years, and his practice is also informed by EMDR and other cognitive-behavioural therapies.
Chris provides formal training in schema therapy both in Australia and abroad, in addition to providing training and up-skilling in DBT. From his private practice he provides both individual supervision and coordinates group supervision sessions.