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Schema Therapy: Beyond Cognitive Behavioral Limitations

  • 02/17/2023
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB. 33407

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Schema Therapy:  Beyond Cognitive Behavioral Limitations

Dr Maria Grishkina MS, MD, Ph.D.,

This seminar will familiarize participants with the core elements of schema therapy, learning from a Schema Therapy approach, about basic human needs, schema types, maladaptive coping styles, and modes.  Schema Therapy is an innovative, integrative therapeutic approach, originally developed by Dr Jeffrey Young as an expansion of traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments. The schema approach draws from cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, psychodynamic concepts, and emotion-focused therapies. In comparison to “standard” cognitive-behavioral therapy, schema therapy places more emphasis on self-defeating life patterns, characterological problems, deep-rooted emotional themes, affective change techniques, and the therapeutic relationship, with special emphasis on limited reparenting.

        Schema Therapy is particularly well-suited for difficult, resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological disorders, including personality disorders (such as BPD and narcissism), eating disorders, intractable couples problems, and criminal offenders. It is also often effective for relapse prevention with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

        The results of comparative outcome studies have shown schema therapy to be highly effective with a large percentage of outpatients with Borderline Personality Disorder, with a low dropout rate. Clients who have spent years gaining valuable insight into psychodynamic therapies, but who are frustrated by their lack of progress, often respond well to the active, systematic, flexible, and depth-oriented schema approach.

        Video materials and role-plays will be presented to gain a better understanding of the main concepts. Another focus will be on the use of the therapy relationship as “limited reparenting” in the re-working schemas and schema modes. The participants will be familiarized with the use of Imagery Rescripting, chair work and other schema generated interventions. 

Learning Objectives

1.    Name and describe the key early maladaptive "schemas" identified by author Dr Jeffrey Young.

2.    Articulate the fundamental premise of schema therapy and describe 4 key features of the approach. 

3.    Describe and demonstrate 3 central methodologies of Schema Therapy

4.    Describe 3 interventions based on Schema Therapy

2.0 CEU Hours

Dr Maria Grishkina MS, MD, Ph.D., Certified Advanced Schema Therapist (ISST). Recently from Moscow, and fluent in Ukranian and Russian languages, Maria is a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist with vast experience working with psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Founder of the Schema Therapy Space project, providing online workshops, supervisions, and other events on Schema Therapy worldwide. Author and co-author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books. Working in private practice and facilitating training and schema therapy groups for therapists. Specialized in working with personality disorders, chronic Axis I disorders, and trauma.

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