Group Schema Therapy: Beyond the Basics ONLINE TRAINING

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Group Schema Therapy: Beyond the Basics ONLINE TRAINING

19 July 2021



This Advanced Master Class is intended for participants who have completed the Introduction to Group ST. It fulfils the advanced level training requirement for certification in Group ST by the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST). Each six hour training day fulfils one of the module requirements for certification. Module one focuses on interventions to get through the Maladaptive Coping Modes: including the avoidant and overcompensating modes and mastery of group empathic confrontation interventions. Module two focuses on interventions for the Dysfunctional Parent modes and accessing the Healthy Adult mode. Module three focuses on interventions to reach and heal the Child Schema Modes including group imagery rescripting, playful interventions and limited reparenting by child mode. Each module consists of equal parts of didactic with demonstration and practice with observation and coaching. Although the interventions are discussed in terms of their application in Group ST, many are just as applicable to individual and participants report their effectiveness in their individual as well as group work. Their second book The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide, Wiley 2014 provides an entire program of group and individual ST that is appropriate for brief 10-20 sessions or longer (1 year) outpatient and more intensive programs like inpatient and day therapy. It includes therapist scripts and handouts for 42 group sessions and 12 individual sessions. This ST program is adaptable for a variety of lengths and is transdiagnostic.

This workshop is part of the curriculum for ISST certification in Group Schema Therapy. You will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion that can be used in the documentation required for certification.  Due to COVID training will attempt to discuss ways in which techniques can be adapted to an online forum.  

About the Presenters:

This advanced training is facilitated by Dr Rita Younan and Ms Ruth Holt.

Rita is the only certified Group Schema Therapist Supervisor-Trainer with an accredited training program in Australia.  Dr Younan has been trialing a 20 week- group schema therapy model in private practice with the Medicare Model in Mind; the data of this trial was presented at the ISST Conference in Amsterdam in 2018.  Dr Younan continues to research the efficacy of GST within a private practice setting.  Dr Younan has been under the supervision an guidance of Professor Joan Farrell an Ida Shaw for almost 10 years, she is the chair for the Group Schema Therapy certification Committee of the ISST, member of the ISST research committee and has facilitated Joan and Ida in Group Schema Therapy workshops multiple times.

Ruth Holt is an advanced ST Supervisor Trainer in both Individual and Couples Schema Therapy.  Ruth has completed all the Group Schema Therapy Training By Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw including the Self Practice/Self Therapy.  Ruth has run a number of Group Schema Therapy Groups in Private Practice .

Total cost is $949* EB (GST Inc) before March 31st 2021, $999 thereafter**

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID – 19 THIS WORKSHOP Will NOW BE OFFERED ONLINE.  The dates of this workshop have been moved to three consecutive Mondays: July 19th & 26th and August 2nd.  Workshop starts at 9.30am and finishes at 2.30pm with a half hour break in between.  

Who is eligible to attend:
This training is for therapists who are registered with their professional body, including psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. Please note that ISST certification has requirements, including minimum study requirements. Please go to the ISST website for further details. You may be asked to provide proof of eligibility upon registration.
For registrations outside of Australia:
The training will occur 9.30am to 2.30pm (Melbourne time) which includes participant interaction in the dyadic work, so please ensure you are able to attend as per below ISST requirements.
If you register for this training you agree to adhere to the Online Training guidelines stipulated by The International Society for Schema Therapy which includes the following:
  1. To be monitored when completing dyadic exercises as in live workshops
  2. You arrive on time and do not leave early (10 minute grace is acceptable)
  3. You do not engage in other activities that are not related to the training
  4. You are willing to make up for lost learning should there be a technological problem


Please register early to avoid disappointment via website payment options.

**Please note cancellations can be made up to one month prior to the workshop otherwise the cancellation is 50% of the registration fee.  All cancellations incur a $50 administration fee. 



  • Start:
    Jul 19 @ 09:30 am
  • End:
    Aug 02 @ 02:30 pm
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  • Address:
    172 Buckley Street

    Essendon, Victoria 3040 Australia
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  • Phone:
    0455 668 028