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Digital Seminar

Schema Therapy

Basic & Beyond for Clinical Challenges

Wendy T. Behary, MSW, LCSW
13 Hours 40 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 09, 2020
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Schema Therapy is an innovative approach that emphasizes lifelong patterns, affective change techniques, and an emphasis on re-parenting in the therapeutic relationship.

An extension of cognitive-behavioural therapy Schema Therapy draws from attachment theory, psychodynamics, emotion-focused strategies to treat narcissism, borderline, eating disorders, relationship problems, criminal offences & more.

This 8-Module self-study digital seminar will include a combination of teaching methods, including lecture, handouts, videos of master schema therapists, demonstrations of applied assessment and change strategies, discussion of common treatment obstacles.

Schema therapy will help you help your clients to:

  • Keep clients engaged & lower drop-out rates
  • Gain insight into themselves AND change
  • Apply systemic, flexible & emotion-focused techniques
  • Manage symptoms related to depression, anxiety, substance use, personality disorders & more clinical challenges

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PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 13.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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With 25 + years of professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and the Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York (until the Institutes merged in 2012), where she trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989.

She is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck’s Institute). Wendy served as the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014 and served as the Training and Certification Coordinator for the ISST Executive Board from 2008-2010. She is currently the chair of the Schema Therapy Development Programs Sub-Committee for the ISST.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of an international bestselling book, Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed, translated in 15 languages. The Third Edition was released on October 1, 2021. Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people. She receives consistent high praise for her clear and articulate teaching style and her ability to bring the therapy to life through dramatic demonstrations of client interactions in the treatment room.

Her work industry business speaking engagements focus on interpersonal conflict resolution. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Wendy Behary is the co-founder, Clinical Director, and Director of Training for The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institute of NJ-NYC-DC. She is a published author and receives royalties. Wendy Behary receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Wendy Behary serves on the advisory board of the International Society for Schema Therapy and is a member of the NJ Association of Cognitive-Behavior Therapists, and the International Association of Cognitive-Behavior Therapists.


  1. Assess and conceptualize challenging cases in Schema terms.
  2. Identify Schema Modes and activating conditions in the client’s life. 
  3. Develop a robust treatment formulation based on the linking of current problems with client’s innate makeup, early unmet needs, schemas, and coping styles.
  4. Help clients “make sense” out of self-defeating life patterns and emotional distress through the maintenance of a robust therapy relationship.
  5. Link former functional survival patterns with current life problems.
  6. Identify “personal” triggering conditions in the treatment room, and strategies for maintaining a sturdy, genuine, and healthy adult mode.
  7. Utilize strategies such as: Imagery and Schema Mode Dialogues for assessment and change.
  8. Recognize and bypass detached protector, overcompensating and compliant surrender modes.
  9. Address and evacuate internalized punitive, critical, and demanding modes.
  10. Confront and weaken bully and attack modes, entitled, and approval-seeking modes.
  11. Apply the strategy of Empathic Confrontation for bypassing avoidance, setting limits, and adaptively advocating for vulnerable modes.
  12. Acquire the skills for utilizing limited re-parenting and re-scripting to correct biased emotional experiences.
  13. Distinguish between various anger modes and identify relevant clinical implications.
  14. Integrate Role Play and Behavioral Pattern-Breaking.
  15. Integrate photos and audio flashcards into the work to fortify empathic attunement and to keep treatment alive in mid-session days.
  16. Develop a robust and sturdy Healthy Adult Mode through the use of realness, self-identification of therapist schemas and modes, and self-practice -- with special attention to confronting treatment challenges such as anger and avoidance.


Module 1: The Ins-and-Outs of Schema Therapy
  • What’s a Schema & why they matter 
  • Why Schema Therapy is effective for resistant clients
  • Identify developmental roadblocks & attachment ruptures
  • Know the 18 maladaptive schemas
  • Outcomes research – how to apply it
  • Theoretical underpinnings & neurobiology of schemas
Module 2: Assessment & Therapeutic Attunement
  • Reparenting through the therapeutic relationship
  • Implement Schema Mode Inventory (SMI)
  • Know the Modes
    • Emotional states
    • Constructed copying styles
    • Habituated reactions
    • Self-defeating patterns
  • Help clients develop a narrative 
  • Identify conditions that activate modes
Module 3: Case Conceptualization: From Assessment to Change
  • Dialogues & guided imagery for assessment
  • Case conceptualization worksheet
  • Assess both schemas and modes 
  • Understand our interaction with client’s schemas & modes
Module 4:  Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
  • How to form a bond
  • Asking the right questions
  • Common strategies for healing 
  • Recognize childhood modes (anger, impulsivity)
  • Helping to therapeutically re-parent clients with supportive boundaries
Module 5: Schema Therapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder & Traits
  • How maladaptive schemas present in therapy & clients’ lives
  • How to confront clients when you’re triggered
  • Recognize clients’ unmet needs while setting limits
  • Explore clients’ performance-based intimacy
  • Understand clients & hold them accountable
  • Neurobiology behind schema activation & memory recall
  • Create an audio flash card
  • Specific dialogues for managing challenging behaviours
Module 6: Therapists’ Self-Work
  • Strategies when your schemas & modes are activated
  • Create more sturdiness in your presence
  • Self-reflection exercises – safe place, out of character, the affect bridge & more
  • Video demonstration of therapist activation
  • Examine own background and schemas

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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