Therapist Self-Reflection and Self-Practice Workshop


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

Experiencing Schema Therapy from
the Inside-Out: 2-Day
Workshop for Therapists

Auckland, 13th-14th 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) Authors of “Experiencing Schema Therapy from the

Inside Out” (Guilford Press, 2018).

SP BookBrief Overview: In Schema Therapy (ST) therapist qualities are central to the therapeutic technique in providing limited re-parenting and a working model of a ‘healthy adult’. An important part of training for Schema Therapists therefore is self-therapy and reflection to understand and manage one’s own underlying schemas and modes. This is particularly important for therapists of complex patients (e.g. complex trauma, personality disorder) and those implementing ST groups which can easily trigger feelings related to the therapists own schemas, coping styles and modes. Awareness and management of our own schemas and modes is therefore crucial to effective schema therapy, and managing risk of therapist burnout. Participation in the workshop will include practice of new interventions to use with clients and a deeper experience of ST from the “inside – out”. This workshop counts towards the ISST Therapist certification requirement of “Self-Therapy” (group and individual certification) and is appropriate for therapists both new and experienced with the ST model. This workshop can also be used as 15 hours of CE credits for ISST accredited therapists. Presenter bios and more detail on the course can be seen below.

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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:

“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 and Background of the Workshop:

An important part of training for Schema Therapists is self-therapy to understand one’s own schemas and modes, the role they play in being a schema therapist and the impact of patients’ in triggering schemas and modes. Such self-awareness is critical to the genuine, open presence required by ST’s limited reparenting model; this is particularly important for therapists conducting group ST, as the impact of a number of clients at the same time can amplify therapists’ reactions and just being in a group can have triggering effects related to one’s family of origin. Self-schema therapy has personal benefits as well, in terms of self-awareness and healing for one’s Vulnerable Child mode.

Joan & Ida spent two years as members of a self-therapy for therapists in their training and consider that experience critical to their understanding of themselves, their reactions when participating in a group and what clients experience. Participation in the workshop will add new interventions to use with clients and the deeper experience of ST from the “inside – out”. They believe that what one learns from this experience cannot be taught as effectively didactically, if at all. For that reason self-therapy in a group is a requirement for ISST Group Schema Therapy certification and this workshop fulfils that requirement. It can also be used to meet the three supervision hours credit allowed to meet individual ST certification supervision requirements. This day is appropriate for therapists new to ST and for those who are experienced with it.

Joan & Ida have facilitated self-therapy groups for over 30 years leading to their book Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists, Guilford 2017.  The workshop begins with establishing safety and connection within the group and the agreement to keep confidential any personal material disclosed. Participants are encouraged to share as much or little content in the group as they feel comfortable with. They can choose to focus on a particular schema or mode issue that affects their personal or professional life or go into the day open to whatever experience they have. Just as they do with all groups, Joan & Ida assess the needs of the participants and plan the day’s work in collaboration with participants based upon the needs and modes present. The focus in the workshop is on experiential work including: exercises to identify maladaptive coping modes triggered in the group, awareness of the needs of your Vulnerable Child and self-care plans, further banishing work for the Demanding or Punitive Critic mode and evoke the Happy Child to balance out the hard work we do as therapists.

Each SP/SR workshop will be a different experience based upon the group and the issue you decide to focus on for the experience.  For that reason, it is possible to benefit from coming to more than one SP/SR workshop without it being too repetitive. You will have a different experience in personal benefit, increased self-awareness and knowledge of and comfort doing ST each time. Attendees from last year’s Sorrento workshop are welcome.  This is a rare opportunity to “Experience Schema Therapy From the Inside Out” with two of the most influential Schema Therapists in the world; not only have Joan and Ida contributed to the literature, in Schema Therapy, with a number of books and publications, but also with their style and creativity in delivering Schema Therapy – something that is not to be missed and experienced firsthand!

The cost for the two day workshop is $749AUD which includes workshop catering and materials.  This workshop accounts to 15 hours of CPD.

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