Chair Work in Schema Therapy

Course instructor: Remco van der Wijngaart

Organizer: Norwegian Forum for Form Therapy in collaboration with the Norwegian Association for Cognitive Therapy

Place: Store auditorium, Gaustad Hospital in Oslo

Date: 23 – 24 November 2023

Course fee: NOK 5 (includes lunch)

Registration deadline: 20. September XNUM

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Although there are several effective therapeutic methods and techniques, it often still remains difficult to make the transition from a rational belief to a corrective emotional experience which contributes to real change. Clients often will say: 'I know my beliefs may not be rational, but I still feel anxious/depressed……'. The chair technique is an emotion focused technique that has proven to help create those corrective emotional experiences needed to bridge the gap between 'knowing' and 'feeling'. Although this technique has been used for decades in different therapy models, it is with the development of schema therapy that more and more therapists started to use this technique over the last 20 years. Chair work nowadays is considered to be an effective technique in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, eating disorders, addiction, couples therapy and personality disorders. Despite its growing popularity, it is often difficult to apply the technique. Both therapists and clients might feel awkward doing chair work, and for that reason some therapists avoid using this powerful and effective technique. This 2-day workshop is specifically developed for Schema therapists who want to refine their skills in the use of Chair work. Many therapists experience this technique to be difficult. Either they feel themselves not experienced enough since it's not their usual way of working with patients. Or they encounter specific challenging situations that haven't been covered in their basic ST training, eg the coping mode is so strong that it doesn't make any difference to let the patient sit in the chair of the Vulnerable Child mode.

This training course aims to provide specific methods to fine tune the already existing skills of the participants in order to make them more effective and efficient in working with parent- and or coping modes. In order to make this workshop successful there will be a lot of role play exercises in which the participants have to practice the demonstrated methods.

Approved by

Norsk Psykologforening has approved the education in Schema Therapy as a compulsory program for the specialty in psychotherapy. The Norwegian Psychology Association approved this course as 16 hours maintenance-active. The course will be applied for as an optional specialist and postgraduate course of the Specialization Committee in Psychiatry and the Speciality Committee in General Medicine by the Norwegian Medical Association.


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Briefly on Schema Therapy

Transdiagnostic psychotherapy model
Evidence-based and integrative treatment method
Recent research shows that Schema Therapy is very suitable for the treatment of relationship problems, personality disorders and complicated psychiatric conditions.

About course instructor

Remco van der Wijngaart works as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Remco specializes in borderline patients, patients with cluster C personality disorders as well as anxiety and depressive disorders.


The education program is approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) as a counselor for international certification in Schema Therapy. This course is mandatory to be certified.


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