Schema Therapy for Cluster C patients (25 hours)

See agenda for the course dates, locations and the registration form.

Schema Therapy for the treatment of patients with a borderline personality disorder is much better known in the Netherlands than the treatment of patients with a cluster C personality disorder. But many therapists see patients with cluster-C Personality Disorders more often. Many of these patients are quite rigid in their avoidance and obsessive patterns, often being as challenging as borderline patients, causing many therapists to struggle with these patients. Moreover, patients with anxiety and mood disorders often have (traits of) an avoidant, dependent or obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
A number of mode models for cluster C have recently been developed by Arnoud Arntz and others (|Bamelis, Evers, Spinhoven & Arntz, 2013) and more specific treatment techniques have been developed to treat these issues. Research conducted by Bamelis and Arntz has shown that Schema Therapy was superior to treatment as usual and clarification-oriented psychotherapy.
A 50-session protocol will be used as a guideline, and phases of treatment as well as the topics and techniques that are central in each phase will be discussed.


  • Formulating mode models for patients with a cluster C personality disorder.
  • Have a basic idea how to time the focus of treatment and the choice of techniques over treatment.
  • Recognising which mode is active and when.
  • Applying schema therapeutic techniques with typical cluster C modes.
  • Motivating and confronting patients who remain within their ‘safe’ coping strategies.
  • Making sure that you will not feel responsible for the well-being of the (dependent) patient.
  • Persevering when the patient has already given up.

Remco van der Wijngaart