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SCHEMA THERAPY TRAINING: ACTIVE INTERVENTIONS FOR CHANGE - An introduction to Schema Therapy for integration to existing clinical practice.

Bruce A Stevens, PhD, Boston U, 1987
One Full Day
Audio and Video
Jun 19, 2020
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Schema Therapy has been designed meet the challenges of treating disturbed people, including those with chronic mood disorders and personality disorders and other complex difficulties. The approach introduces the innovative ways in which Schema Therapy incorporates proven cognitive-behavioural techniques and expands on them with elements of other widely practiced therapies, emotive techniques and therapeutic relationship. Randomised trials have provided a considerable base of evidence for the effectiveness of the approach which can be incorporated into existing modes of clinical practice.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce this therapy with a practical emphasis on learning and using experiential techniques such as schema attunement, chair-work with modes, limited re-parenting for childhood experiences and sentence completion for emotional learning.  The day is broken up into four sessions in which each session will introduce a skill to be practiced by participants. Skills practice is followed by discussion of the technique and its potential clinical applications.

This workshop provides a ‘taste menu’ of what Schema Therapy can offer as a clinical resource the people you treat. Basic training in this therapy is three days, but this this one-day workshop allows you to understand the approach, use some of the most recognized therapeutic interventions and see what works for you as a therapist.

Feedback form Prof Stevens' recent presentations of this workshop:

“Professor Stevens is a genius! So amazing to hear a researcher who also works directly with clients, is engaging and excited about his work. My brain hurt by the end of the day in a very good way.”

“Excellent linking of Schema Therapy to other therapies and good learning experience - both practical and theoretical.”

“What a delightful way to learn! Bruce is such a professional and be includes his enthusiasm for the topic within a structured format which built our knowledge and skill throughout the day!”

“Bruce was the most passionate and knowledgeable presenter I have ever come across at a workshop. Very, very powerful!!!

“Bruce has a lovely, passionate manner to help engage us in our learning. Thank you.”

“Very, very, very good – that’s it!”

“Bruce is a great speaker and very encouraging when it came to ‘clunckily’ trying to use the techniques. This workshop was incredibly interesting and highly relevant to my work with children, adolescents and families.”

“Bruce is a very entertaining character and delivered the material in a professional manner with lots of examples to help with the application of the therapy. Will be looking out for further training presented by Bruce.”

“Enjoyed the role plays and exercises very much – presenter was funny and lively whilst I learned so much.”



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Professor Bruce A Stevens (PhD, Boston U, 1987) is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist. He previously held the Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practical Theology and was director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at Charles Sturt University/St Marks Canberra. He is an advanced trainer and supervisor in both individual and couples therapy with the International Society of Schema Therapists. He has written ten books with the most recent: with the most recent Contextual Schema Therapy (2018) with New Harbinger. He has seen patients at Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology for over 25 years and has given professional workshops throughout Australia including regional areas.  The workshop topics include Marketing Forensic Practice, Cross-examination in Court, Mindfulness with Personality Disordered, Therapy with Difficult Couples and Schema Therapy for Couples.  He was convenor of the clinical psychology training program at the University of Canberra from 2010-2014 with over 60 graduate students

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199 

Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event. 

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.  

Additional​ viewer: $99 

Watch the event with the Primary Participant as part of a group (on same device)

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.


This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.  

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


  1. Understand introductory Schema Therapy including research basis.
  2. Use counterpoint to challenge maladaptive schemas.
  3. Begin to use chair-work with modes.
  4. Begin to use visualization with re-scripting childhood memories.
  5. Understand the integration of schemas, modes and emotional learning.
  6. Use sentence completion for emotional learning.

“Helping difficult people requires powerful techniques - Schema therapy offers a range of techniques and interventions that can be used within existing clinical practice.”    Professor Bruce A Stevens


Benefits of this training:

  • A one-day introduction to Schema Therapy.
  • Learn powerful experiential techniques.
  • Schema Therapy has a proven effectiveness for working with personality disorder.


Session 1 : 

  • Introduction to Schema Therapy, scientific evidence of effectiveness, 18 schemas, Young’s childhood needs, YSQ-3 test, Counter-point to challenge schemas. 
  • Demonstration and practice of the skill in groups of three.
  • Introduction to Modes. How to recognize in ‘here and now’.  See a video and fill out Mode Map. Chair-work role play by participants in groups of three to challenge Demanding Parent. Then leader to demonstrate other ways to use chairs with multiple modes.

Session 2: 

  • Re-parenting Visualization Introduction and research. Leader illustrates with Container visualization. Participants practice Behaviour Activation visualization in dyads.
  • The use of re-scripting to meet childhood needs. Visualization practice with “one thing I would have liked to hear my mother or father say...”. Theoretical integration of schemas and modes. 
  • Emotional learning from B. Ecker (discuss memory reconsolidation as a possible neurological mechanism).
  • Case illustration of Sandra. Sentence completion intervention.
  • Practice with a case study in role plays.  Final leader led visualization about ‘what will you take from today and put into practice’?

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists. 

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