Introduction to schema therapy for children and young people

Trainer: Christof Loose

organizer: Norwegian Forum for schema therapy in collaboration with the Norwegian Association for Cognitive Therapy.

Location: Psychology Treatment Clinic, Fjellgata 14, Kongsvinger

Date: 05.-06. September 2023

Course fee: 5 000, - (includes lunch both days)

Deadline: 15.06.23

About the course

The introductory workshop (WS 1) illustrates the formation and perpetuating model of maladaptive schemas against the background of age-specific developmental tasks, risk and protective temperamental factors. Relative to the children's age, early maladaptive schemas described by Young are outlined with their typical child and adolescent appearance and coping strategies. Other topics include the multimodal diagnostic techniques (use of exploration, survey, imagery, case conceptualization) and explain the significance of the therapeutic relationship, psychoeducation and empathic confrontation.

As an overview, therapeutic strategies are demonstrated: Working with drawings and pictures, finger and hand puppets, working with stories, metaphors, chair work, imagery, and the use of flash cards.

Video examples or life demonstrations and role-play in groups of two or three participants ensure the consolidation and deepening of the following exercises:

  • Imagery Parent Interview
  • Creating a Fashion Sketch
  • Conducting a Fashion Interview
  • Working with (stem) stories
  • Working with finger and hand puppets
  • Working with chair dialogues (3-Chair dialogue: “Mode driving license”)
  • Working with mode cards (Mode walk: Feel, Talk, & Walk)
  • Working with chair dialogues (2-Chair dialogue: Focus Critic/Punisher)
  • Imagery (Fantasy Trip to the Clever & Wise Mode)

Approved by

The Norwegian Psychological Association has approved the education in schema therapy as a compulsory program for the specialty in psychotherapy. The Norwegian Psychological Association has approved this course as a 16-hour maintenance activity. The course will be approved as an optional specialist and continuing education course by the Specialty Committee in Psychiatry and by the Specialty Committee in General Medicine of the Norwegian Medical Association.

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 the lecturer


Christof Loose, PhD., Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents (CBT), Schematherapist for Children & Adolescents, Adults, with Advanced Certification, Trainer and Supervisor, according to International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST eV), works in his own Private Practice in Dusseldorf, is affiliated with the Heinrich-Heine-University, Department of Clinical Psychology, Germany 2012-2017, research activity eg in ST-CA (Development of Schema-Questionnaire for Children (DISC), Chair of the subcommittee Working Group in ST-CA 2013-2017, since 2013 advanced-level certified, trainer and supervisor (ISST eV), editor and author of ST-CA books and Video-Learning (DVD), conducts workshops and seminars in Schema Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Parents, wordwide.

Isst-standard

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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