Group Schema Therapy Introductory Workshop – Auckland 9th-10th May (2019)


A 2-Day Workshop accredited by the International
Society for Schema Therapy (ISST)

GROUP SCHEMA THERAPY: An Introduction for
Personality Disorder, Complex Trauma, and Other
Challenging Populations

Auckland, 9th-10th May (2019)

Course Fee: 749AUD (Lunch, Morning/Afternoon tea provided)
Venue: Quality Hotel Parnell, 10-20 Gladstone Rd, Parnell, Auckland
Trainers: Prof. Joan Farrell, PhD & Ms. Ida Shaw, MA (ISST Accredited
Supervisors and Trainers)

Course Details: This course is designed for therapists with some familiarity with the schema therapy model to learn how to apply schema therapy in group settings. Joan & Ida have authored several Schema Therapy books and training DVDs. This is a great opportunity to learn Group Schema Therapy (GST) from the originators of the approach. and satisfies 2-days of the teaching component required for certification in Group ST approved by International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

Course Content: Introduction to the Group Schema Therapy model and its core interventions, a focus on using the group setting to facilitate limited “family-parenting” for missed attachment, demonstrations in how to work with child modes, coping modes, and dysfunctional critic modes within a group setting. The first day consists of a mix of didactic content along with demonstrations of core Group Schema Therapy interventions, with participants invited to play the role of a patient. Day two focuses on therapist skills practice and overcoming common difficulties and roadblocks in applying the group schema therapy approach.

Registration: registration and payment can be made through our payment gateway by – Clicking Here –    

If you would like to pay via invoice and direct bank transfer, or if you would like us to hold you a place whilst you negotiate with your employer, please email us at:

A Detailed Workshop Flyer can be downloaded – Here –

More details of the course content and presenters are given below:


Prof. Joan Farrell, Ph.D. and Ida Shaw, MA


Schema Therapy Institute Midwest Indianapolis Center

International Society for Schema Therapy Approved Training Institute

Bio: Joan Farrell, Ph.D. and Ida Shaw, M.A. are advanced level Schema Therapists and Trainer/Supervisors who co-direct the Indianapolis Center of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest, approved by the International Society Schema Therapy (ISST). The Indianapolis Center specializes in Group Schema therapy. Joan is an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Psychology at Purdue University (IUPUI) where she supervises the practice of clinical psychology graduate students. She was a clinical professor at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), in Psychiatry for 25 years. She is Research and Training director of the IUSM/Eskenazi Community Mental Health Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment & Research. She is the elected Executive Board Member, Coordinator for Training & Certification of the International Society for Schema Therapy. Ida is the main trainer and supervisor of Group Schema therapy at the BPD Center. She holds the same position for the five country international trial with 12 clinical sites testing GST for BPD and the trial in the Netherlands adapting GST for Avoidant PD and social phobia. Joan is co-PI with Arnoud Arntz, Ph.D for the BPD trial. Ida is also an ISST Certified Child & Adolescent Schema Therapy supervisor/trainer and the chairperson of the ISST Work Group on Child and Adolescent Schema Therapy that defined certification standards for that area.

In their work they have integrated their complementary cognitive and experiential treatment approaches with social learning and developmental psychology theory to develop a group treatment model for Schema Therapy (ST). Influenced by their 30+ years of clinical experience and by the work of Jeff Young, they adapted ST interventions and limited reparenting to a group model and developed uniquely group interventions to accomplish ST goals (Farrell & Shaw, 1994, 2012). They first established the group model for outpatients in a specialty clinic for BPD at the IUSM outpatient clinic. This program was awarded an Indiana Governor’s Showcase Award in Mental Health and a NIMH grant. They went on to develop an inpatient ST program that combines individual and group modalities and directed a dedicated BPD unit for ten years at a university affiliated psychiatric hospital in Indianapolis. They evaluated their model of Group Schema Therapy in a randomized controlled trial for outpatients (Farrell, Shaw & Webber, 2009)- with a grant award from the US  National Institute of Mental Health) and in two inpatient pilot study (Reiss, Lieb, Arntz, Shaw & Farrell, 2013). Both studies demonstrated strong positive effects on BPD symptoms and global function as well as high recovery rates.

Their  first book Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Step-by-step  Treatment Manual with Patient Workbook, was published by Wiley-Blackwell,  2012. A three DVD Set: Group Schema Therapy: Innovative Treatment for Personality Disorders developed by Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw is also available. Their second book applies Group ST to other challenging disorders – The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide: A Complete Resource for Building and Delivering Individual and Group Integrated Mode Treatment Programs, Wiley 2014. Chapters on their work appear in a number of major references in Schema Therapy including: Advances in ST (2010) and the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of ST, Wiley 2012. Their most recent book is Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside-Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists, Guilford, 2018. They are working with colleagues in ISST on applying the GST model to other patient populations and as self-therapy for schema therapists.

Joan & Ida have given keynotes, symposia and Master Clinician workshops on GST internationally (15 countries) for over 20 years. They receive outstanding evaluations for their enthusiastic and collaborative teaching style that includes demonstrations and group role play experiences for participants.

Research publications:

  1. Farrell, J.M. & Shaw, I.A. (1994) Emotional Awareness Training: a prerequisite to effective cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 1, #1,71-91.
  2. Farrell, J.M., Shaw, I.A. & Webber, M. A. (2009) A schema-focused approach to group psychotherapy for outpatients with borderline personality disorder: A randomized controlled trial, Journal of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry, Jun;40(2):317-28.
  3. Zanarini, M, Stanley, B, Black, D. Markowitz, JC, Goodman, M, Pilkonis, P, Lynch, T, Levy,
  4. K, Fonagy, P, Bohus, M, Farrell, J, Sanislow, C. (2010) “Methodological considerations treatment trials for persons with Borderline Personality Disorder” Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 22(2) May, 75-83
  5. Kasyanik, P, Romanova, H, Farrell, JM and Shaw, IA (2012) Schema Therapy Journal of the Clinical Psychology Association, St. Petersburg Russia, Bekterev Institute. (in Russian)
  6. Reiß, N, Lieb, K, Arntz,A, Shaw, I & Farrell, JM (2013) Responding  to the treatment challenge of patients with severe BPD: results of three pilot studies of inpatient schema therapy. Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapy, 2013
  7. Wetzelaer, P., Farrell, J., et al. (2014). Design of an international multicentre RCT on group schema therapy for borderline personality disorder. BMC Psychiatry, 14:319.
  8. Fassbinder, E., Schuetze,M, Wedemeyer, N., Marten, E. Kranich, A., Sipos,V., Hohagen,
  9. F., Shaw, I., Farrell, J., Jacob, G., Arntz, A. and Schweiger, U. (2016) Feasibility of group schema therapy for outpatients with severe borderline personality disorder in Germany: A pilot study with three year follow-up. Frontiers in Psychology 7 · November.
  10. Roelofs, J, Muris, P. van Wesemael, D, Broers , MJ, Shaw, I. and Farrell, JM (2016) Group-schematherapy for adolescents: Results from a naturalistic multiple case study Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  11. Younan, R., Farrell, JM, May, T. (2017). Teaching Me to Parent Myself’: The Feasibility of an In-Patient Group Schema Therapy Programme for Complex Trauma, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy: pages1-16
  12. Bastick, E., Bot, S., Verlagen, S. Zarbock, G., Farrell, J, Brand, O. Arntz, A., Lee, C. (2018)
  13. The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Group Schema Therapy Rating Scale-Revised. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, p.1-18.
  14. Bach, B and Farrell, J. (2018) Schemas and modes in borderline personality disorder: The mistrustful, shameful, angry, impulsive, and unhappy child. Psychiatry Research, 259, p.323-329.

A quote from the founder of Schema Therapy, Jeffrey Young PhD, who attended a Farrell-Shaw Workshop:

“Group Schema Therapy has the potential to deliver the powerful treatment strategies of the schema approach in a more cost effective manner than has been possible with individual schema therapy — with equivalent or perhaps superior results. The experience that the authors have gained over 30 years is evident throughout. The approach Joan and Ida have developed is truly unique, exciting and promising. Joan Farrell is an outstanding schema therapist who serves as the “stable base”, emotional center, and “educator” for the group as a whole – a role I can imagine myself learning to fill, given enough time and experience. What truly amazed me – perhaps because her style is so different from mine and Joan’s — was the remarkable group work of Ida Shaw. It is hard to convey the level of originality, creativity, and spontaneity she brings to the group experience. She is able to blend elements of gestalt, psychodrama, role-playing, and her own infectious style of play into an approach that perfectly fits the intensive demands of schema mode work, cajoling patients to change in profound ways.”

Jeffrey Young Ph.D.

Schema Therapy Institute of New York

Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry

Overview of Group Schema Therapy Model:

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 role-playing 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).

Registration: registration and payment can be made through our payment gateway by – Clicking Here –    

If you would like to pay via invoice and direct bank transfer, or if you would like us to hold you a place whilst you negotiate with your employer, please email us at:


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