COVID19: A decision regarding whether training will go ahead in 2020 will be made on May 1. If we are unable to proceed, the training will be moved to similar dates in 2021 and currently registered participants will be provided 2 sessions introducing Schema Couples Therapy, with reading and live Q and A.
4 day Schema Couples Therapy
Schema Therapy provides a unique model for formulating complex couple dynamics and evidence based strategies for change based on Schema Therapy for personality disorders and chronic issues, including childhood trauma.
Presenter: Dr Poul Perris, former ISST chair, founding member of the Schema Couples Therapy committee and renowned European Schema Therapy presenter. Assisted by Ruth Holt, Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Schema Couples therapist.
Training will cover all five modules required as part of certification with ISST as a Schema Couples Therapist (see below for full curriculum) including :
Certification will be provided by the Swedish Institute for CBT and Schema Therapy.
Aimed at: Therapists wanting to expand their Schema Therapy skills with couples and therapists who already work with couples and would like to have greater impact when working with complex presentations.
Location: Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052. The Treacy Conference Centre is located just 3 km from the the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The closest airport is Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne.
Information on transport to the venue is here.
Price: Early Bird $1100 (before January 31, 2020)
Standard Registration $1300 (February 1 - May 31, 2020)
Last minute $1450 (from June 1, 2020)
Covers all materials and full catering
Accomodation options: There are a range of accomodation options close by. For information on accomodation and events the official Victorian website is a helpful place to start.
More about Poul:
Poul Perris, MD, Licensed Psychotherapist and Supervisor, is the Director of the Swedish Institute for CBT & Schema Therapy in Stockholm, Sweden. He was the Founding President of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2008 to 2010, and served as President of the Swedish Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (SABCT) from 2010 to 2016. Poul was originally trained and supervised by Dr. Jeffrey Young in Schema Therapy and is certified as a schema therapist, supervisor & trainer for individuals and couples. He specializes in the treatment of personality disorders, and on couples therapy for complex relational problems. Poul has published a handbook on Schema Therapy (in Swedish), and also co-authored several chapters in English textbooks on schema therapy. Poul has been teaching and supervising cognitive behavioural therapists and schema therapists internationally for over a decade.
Programme: July 29 - Aug 1 inclusive, 2020
8:45am - 5:30pm each day
8:45 - 10:30 Session 1
10:45 - 12:45 Session 2
1:30 - 3:30 Session 3
3:45- 5:30 session 4
Numbers will be capped to provide interactive learning, opportunity for practicing techniques with feedback and catering to the needs of the group.
If you have already registered for the 4 day workshop but haven't registered for the pre-workshop at time of registration, click Purchase button on left.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sign up to the pre-workshop overview of Schema Therapy prior to the Schema Couple Therapy training (July 28, 12-5pm). This will give you a grounding in Schema Therapy ($175).- note the location for this training is the Schema Therapy Institute, 23 Queensberry Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia.
What if I haven’t had much experience with couples?
The training will provide options for those with less couples experience and those with more, aiming to meet your individual learning needs.
Can I use my Gottman Method, Emotion Focused or other couples therapy skills?
Yes, Schema therapy is an integrative therapy that can build on your existing skills.
Other couples training opportunities
Sex and Schemas (1 day workshop, Melbourne)
February 8, 2020 | Many, if not most patients, arrive in our rooms with an impaired sexual self. Sex can activate their Defectiveness, Mistrust/Abuse, Emotional Deprivation schemas and so they have learned to have “Detached Protector” sex, “Perfectionistic Over-controller” sex or “ Self-Aggrandiser” sex (to name a few!).
Others have used sex as a Detached Self-Soother/Stimulator for many years (for example problematic pornography use) and are not able to connect with the person in front of them. Still others have mode clashes operating in their relationships that spill over into the bedroom resulting in using sex as a weapon. This workshop will focus on how to assesses, formulate and build healthy adult sexuality in individuals and couples from a Schema Therapy perspective.
This workshop will cover:
· Using mode maps to formulate a client's sexual self
· Identifying schemas that are triggered by sexual intimacy
· Imagery re-scripting
· Mode dialogues
· Couples interventions to shift mode clash patterns
· Practical tools to grow Healthy Adult sexuality
A working knowledge of Schema Therapy is essential for this workshop. If you haven't completed any Schema Therapy training you are strongly recommended to attend the Chronic Axis I training or Schema Therapy for Borderline and Complex Trauma training .
Price: $250 Early Bird, until December 30, then $275
Time: 9am-4pm, Refreshments provided, lunch options nearby
Location: 23 Queensberry Street Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
1 day Special Event:
Schema Therapy at the Coalface April 24, Sydney
Click on this link for more information or to register.
Curriculum for Schema Couples Therapy Certification
- Identify schemas of each partner, and define the default relationship mode cycle
- Use assessment inventories: YSQ-3, YPI, SMI, BDI, BAI, DAS, WC, etc.
- Conceptualize schemas and the default mode cycle
- Link childhood wounds and maladaptive relationship patterns to the current relationship, and identify strengths of the relationship
- Introduce Schema Flashcard, Mode Mapping, Mode Clash Card, Needs vs. Wants Tool
- Identify Schema Chemistry and schema clashes
- Assess degree of passion, romance, intimacy, and sexual satisfaction
- Determine if any complicating factors (levels of commitment, individual past trauma or disorders, injuries in the relationship, etc.) and/or contraindications (active affairs, addictions, patterns of violence, etc.)
- Find supplemental resources or treatment, as needed
- Create "Needs Value Map"
- Identify vision of the relationship: goals, dreams, mission, desired legacy
- Establish goals of treatment, and set the time frame
- Create and maintain a secure therapeutic bond
- Practice "empathic confrontation," as needed
- Use therapeutic self-disclosure
- Intervene when therapist's own schemas and modes are activated in-session
- Differentiate between the "wants" and "needs" of the therapist and the couple
- Repair ruptures in the therapeutic relationship
- Discuss ethics and confidentiality concerns with the couple (disclosures, consultations with other therapists, conflicts of interest, confidentiality issues, etc.)
- Connecting Dialogues: provide antidotes to schemas and maladaptive modes by identifying and expressing (1) core emotions (2) urges to cope. Next, use adaptive coping modes to invite partner to meet needs
- Chair Work: use mode dialogues to address mode cycle and schemas
- Imagery Rescripting: identify childhood origins of schemas, link to current relationship, create antidote to schema origins while deepening emotional depth and increasing emotional connection
- Use tools to shift clashes: Mode Clash Cards, Schema Flashcards, Meta-perspective, "Needs vs. Wants" tool, etc.
- Couples Toolbox: assign homework to solidify work in-between sessions
- Develop a language for deeper emotional connection
- Build shared meaning in roles, rituals, goals, values, dreams
- Create a shared narrative of the couple's story, including desired legacy
- Build and sustain mutually satisfying passion, romance, intimacy, and sexual satisfaction, and address any sexual dysfunctions
- Solidify mode cycles to create antidotes to schemas with interactions involving (a.) self-and-partner soothing (b.) inviting bids (c.) successful repairs (d.) stance of curiosity and acceptance
- Address and heal relationship injuries (affairs, betrayals, other significant injuries)
- Confront addictions, aggressive modes, and patterns of physical violence
- Treat couples with survivors of childhood trauma (sexual, emotional, physical)
- Treat specific personality disorders in a couple (BPD, NPD, Avoidant, Antisocial, etc.)