Empatic confrontation

Trainer: Neele Reiss and Friederike Vogel

organizer: Norwegian Forum for Forensic Therapy in collaboration with the Norwegian Association for Cognitive Therapy

Location: Guesthouse Lovisenberg, Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo

Date: 09. - 10. November 2018 (NB! Friday and Saturday)

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

Deadline: 01.10.18

After this workshop participants can:

  • Participants are able to distinguish maladaptive coping modes from other modes.
  • Participants can learn about the steps of empathic confrontation for maladaptive coping modes.
  • Understanding of suicidal ideation and its connection to coping modes.
  • Ontwikkeling van een bewustzijn tegen one's own maladaptive reactions to our patient's Coping Modes.

More about the module

In deze workshop zullen de stappen of empathische confrontatie in Schema Therapie worden uiteengezet aan de deelnemers. Differences in the empathic confrontation of various maladaptive coping modes will be highlighted and discussed with the participants. Difficult situations with patients in maladaptive coping modes in the treatment room and the empathic confrontation of coping mode in these situations will be demonstrated.

Een specifiek focus van de workshop zal een suicidale ideatie zijn als een patroon geassocieerd met detached protector. Mode die vaak moeilijk is voor therapeuten om empathisch te confronteren. Deltagere vil blive givet muligheden for at prøve de forskellige trin i empatisk konfrontasjon i små gruppe rollespill.

Maladaptive coping modes such as Detached Protector or Self-Aggrandizer Mode are the cause of major difficulty intreating patients with various personality disorders. Rigid behavior patterns associated with these modes significantly affect other people's, even therapists, reactions, often triggering them to behave in ways that reinforce the patient's maladaptive schedules.

Being specifically tailored to change maladaptive coping modes, empathic confrontation is a therapeutic intervention in Schedule Therapy, which is part of limited repair and at the same time a mode change strategy in its own right. Empathische confrontatie kan worden gedefinieerd als de therapeut's aanpak om maladaptieve coping modes en bijbehorende gedragingen te behandelen, met empathie voor hoe ze biographisch ontwikkeld hebben, door deze te confronteren en te veranderen als het nodig is om te veranderen voor de patiënt om een ​​gezond leven te hebben. Det er en kritisk og vanskelig intervention for at nå det overordnede målet om Schema Therapy - for at patienter får deres voksne behov med på en frisk måte - som det peker på de negative effekter av deres nåværende unhealthy mode-driven oppførsel og hjelper dem i å lære og using more adaptive behaviors.

Empathic confrontation is based on the principle of limited repair: the therapist repeatedly shows the patient that he or she has the patient's best interest at heart and has good intentions when confronting maladaptive coping mode behaviors.

Approved by

Norsk Psykologforening has approved the education in form 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.


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.

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 presenters

Neele Reiss, PhD, is a senior clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the department of psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and in private practice. She is the scientific director of the Institute of Psychotherapy in Mainz (ipsti-mz).


Friederike Vogel, MD, is a senior psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Vitos Clinic Rheingau, Germany and in private practice. She is the director of training and supervision of the Institute of Psychotherapy in Mainz (ipsti-mz).

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