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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: 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 :
- Understanding the Schema Therapy model as applied to couple presentations
- Assessment techniques and measures
- Schema Therapy conceptualisation of couples issues, linking childhood wounds and current couple conflict
- Understanding and applying imagery re-scripting and mode work to de-escalate conflict and increase connection
- Couples clash cards and schema healing interventions
- Assessing passion, romance, intimacy, and sexual satisfaction
- Working with complex couples issues, including affairs, sexual problems and personality disorder presentations
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I haven’t done any Schema Therapy training before?
A pre-workshop training package, providing an overview of Schema Therapy, will be a requirement, completed prior to the Schema Couple Therapy training. This will give you a grounding in Schema Therapy.
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
Sex and Schemas - Schema activation in the bedroom WEBINAR
Recorded Webinar - 1 Hour
Many, if not most, clients arrive in our rooms with injury impacting their sexual self. Sex can activate Defectiveness, Mistrust/Abuse and Emotional Deprivation schemas resulting in “Detached Protector” sex, “Perfectionistic Over-controller” sex or “ Self-Aggrandiser” sex (to name a few!).
This presentation will focus on how to assesses, formulate and build healthy adult sexuality in individuals and couples from a Schema Therapy perspective, covering:
- Identifying schemas that are triggered by sexual intimacy
- Mode maps to formulate a client's sexual self
Recording is available as a download
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.)