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Digital Seminar

Schema Therapy

An Attachment-Based Approach to Treatment Resistant Clients

Rob Brockman, PhD (Clinical Psychologist)
One full day
Audio and Video
Nov 04, 2022
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Schema therapy was initially developed by Jeffery Young for those clients that did not respond to traditional CBT. Treatment trials have consistently shown Schema Therapy to be an effective treatment for complex cases and those that might attract diagnosis of personality disorder. In this workshop, participants will learn the core concepts that underpin schema therapy practice; the interplay between core emotional needs, and the development of Early Maladaptive Schemas and Coping Styles. Participants will also learn how to incorporate schema concepts into their approach to assessment and case conceptualization of ‘tough cases’. The course will also introduce the core approach to schema change/ interventions including cognitive and behavioral techniques for schema change, but also the experiential (e.g. Imagery Rescripting) and limited parenting techniques that make the schema model such a powerful approach. Registrants will come away having been exposed to concrete strategies for helping heal clients through corrective emotional experiences, within an attachment based framework.



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 6.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Robert Brockman is a clinical psychologist and researcher living and working out of Sydney, Australia. Rob has extensive experience lecturing and supervising on Clinical Psychology Masters programs (Western Sydney University; University of Technology) and was a full-time Research Fellow (Psychology) from 2017-2020 (Australian Catholic University). Since 2014, Rob has regularly provided Schema Therapy Training events across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and South-East Asia, and has trained over 2000 therapists in the schema therapy approach. In 2018 Rob co-authored a new schema therapy book Contextual Schema Therapy, and is lead author of the upcoming release "Cambridge Guide to Schema Therapy", due for publication early 2022.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Understand the central concepts underpinning the “Basic Schema Model” - the Interplay between needs, schemas, and coping styles.
  2. Understand the concept of the 18 Schemas, how they commonly present, and how they can be integrated into your assessment and case formulation.
  3. Understand the evidence base/ support for the use for schema therapy for complex cases.
  4. Gain some self- awareness of your ‘Own Schemas’.
  5. Understand how to use psychometric approaches (e.g. the YSQ) and experiential methods (e.g. imagery) for schema therapy assessment.
  6. Understand the basics of schema intervention including how to apply (a) limited reparenting, (b) Experiential interventions, (c) Cognitive Strategies, and (d) Behavioral pattern breaking strategies.
  7. Understand the basics of the ‘schema mode’ concept.

"Learn about schemas and schema change techniques that are designed to create Corrective Emotional Experiences."   Robert Brockman

How you will benefit from attending this training:

  • Learn proven conceptualisation approach and strategies (based on Schema Therapy) for assessment and intervention of complex cases.
  • Learn how to integrate attachment-based principles to provide a ‘limited reparenting’ context to the therapeutic relationship.
  • Learn the basics of experiential methods for change including Chairwork and Imagery Rescripting.


Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)

  • Introduction to the Evidence Base for Schema Therapy
  • Historical development of Schema Therapy
  • Foundations of Schema Theory: Core Emotional Needs and the 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas
  • Schema Coping Styles
  • Assessment and Formulation in Schema Therapy

Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

  • Introduction to Schema Therapy Interventions Phase
  • Limited Reparenting Techniques
  • Experiential Techniques in Schema Therapy
  • Chairwork Dialogues in Schema Therapy
  • Introduction to Imagery Rescripting
  • The Mode Model for Complex Cases

Target Audience

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

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