Schema Therapy standard level for adolescents (25 hours)

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Schema Therapy for adolescents has been developed in recent years by therapists working with children and adolescents because research has shown the effectiveness of Schema Therapy with adults.
Schema Therapy is a specialised form of cognitive therapy integrating methods and techniques from interpersonal, experiential, and psychodynamic therapy to effectively treat personality issues.
Adolescents under the age of 18, do not get a personality disorder diagnosis, but the schemas involved develop from early childhood and maladaptive schemas occur in adolescents. This influences their daily functioning and often leads to stagnation in the maturing process.
Given their life stage and the fact that the adolescent often still lives at home, the Schema Therapy treatment for adults cannot simply be applied to adolescents.
This elementary course deals with the basics of Schema Therapy. Attention is devoted to schemas, schema-modes, maintaining the therapeutic relationship and the application thereof in the context of therapy with adolescents.


  • Assessment
    Discovering schemas, coping strategies and modes, creating a case conceptualisation, giving psycho-education about what basic needs are and how schemas arise when these basic needs are not met in childhood.
  • Specific cognitive techniques
  • Experiential techniques
    Psychodrama, imagery and chair technique.
  • Interpersonal techniques
    Limited reparenting, emphatic confrontation, setting limits.
  • Acquiring new functional behaviour
    Learn how you can meet your basic needs in a healthy manner (role play, training with skills, and experiments).

This course emphasises acquiring the skills needed to make a case conceptualisation. The schemas, coping strategies, and modes are all clarified using a model. Moreover, attention will be given to experiential techniques for the treatment of patients with a cluster C personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Remco van der Wijngaart