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08 March 2022

This workshop gives you the opportunity to learn how Schema Therapy is adapted to a Group Schema Setting.  The unique GST model integrates their original group work with Young’s individual Schema Therapy (ST) (2003) & the ST outcome research of Arntz (2009). GST strategically uses the therapeutic factors of the group modality to catalyze the work of schema mode change. GST is an innovative approach to ST that goes far beyond traditional group therapy models; furthermore, it does not simply incorporate individual ST interventions into a group format, rather, has developed new adaptations of ST interventions for the group modality. The central idea behind GST is that the group members, with the guidance of the therapists, create their own “family” in which they add sibling socialization to the reparenting the therapists provide. As part of this group corrective emotional process patients do imagery and roleplaying exercises in which they take on the roles of each group member’s various modes (e.g., the Detached Protector, the Healthy Adult, Punitive Parent) and ultimately heal them. The experience of ST in a supportive, validating group can directly impact and heal key schemas such as, abandonment, defectiveness, emotional deprivation, social isolation and mistrust/abuse. Like individual ST, GST improves: stability of self, interpersonal relationships, social, family, and occupational functioning and quality of life.  There is considerable research now supporting the effectiveness of the GST approach, including empirical validation from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) (Farrell & Shaw, 2009) and pilot studies conducted in the US, the Netherlands and in Germany (Reiss, Lieb, Arntz, Shaw & Farrell, 2013).  Due to COVID training will attempt to discuss ways in which techniques can be adapted to an online forum.  Participants will receive a 20week group protocol with worksheets and resources to begin their own group if they sign up to both the basics and advanced workshop.  



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 a member the Group Schema Therapy certification Committee for the ISST, is a member of the board and holds the position of Training Coordinator for the ISST and has assisted 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 Schema Therapy Groups in Private Practice .

The total for the two day workshop is $949* until February 28th 2022, $999 thereafter**


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-2.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time which includes participant interaction in the dyadic work, so please ensure you are able to attend as per below ISST requirements. Dates for training are 3 Tuesdays in March 8th, 15th & 22nd.  
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. 




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