Schema Therapy standard level (25 hours)

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Schema therapy is a specialised form of cognitive therapy integrating methods and techniques from interpersonal, experiential and psychodynamic therapy to effectively treat personality issues. Research has shown that most personality disorders can be treated successfully with Schema Therapy.
A schema therapist makes use of cognitive, behavioural and experiential techniques, influencing the patient through three channels: feeling (experiential), thinking (cognitive) and doing (behavioural).
In addition to these three channels there are four distinctive focal points in the therapy: life outside the therapy, events within the therapy setting (primarily the therapeutic relationship), experiences from the past, and the future.
Schema therapy focuses on changing dysfunctional schemas/modes into more flexible and less extreme schemas/modes and developing adequate coping strategies so that patients develop a more positive image of themselves and others as well as a more nuanced view of the world around them.


  • 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 chairtechnique..
  • 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