The engagement phase in group schema therapy

Trainer: Erlend Aschehoug

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

Location: Psychology Treatment Clinic, Fjellgata 14, Kongsvinger

Date: 26 October – 27 October 2023

Course fee: NOK 5 (includes lunch)

Deadline: 20 August 2023

Learning Objectives

1. Review of the engagement phase in group schema therapy

2. Special focus on early maladaptive schema, basic emotional needs and affect awareness

3. Through practical exercises, participants will learn different group interventions in relation to creating cohesion and security in the group.

4. Group interventions in relation to protector mode (also called survival mode or coping mode) will be demonstrated

More about the course

Form therapy is an integrative psychotherapy model that combines elements from attachment theory, psychodynamic therapy, gestalt therapy, emotion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (Vreeswijk, Broersen & Nadort, 2012).

Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw developed group form therapy for patients with emotionally unstable personality disorder, incorporating the mode model (Farrell, Reiss & Shaw, 2014). Today, the group program is transdiagnostic and can be implemented in different treatment settings and in programs of different duration.

This course will provide an overview of important elements in the engagement phase. It will be a combination of theory and practical exercises.

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Approved by

The Norwegian Psychological Association approved this course as 16 hours of maintenance. 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 by 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 course instructor

Erlend Aschehoug is a specialist in clinical psychology since 2007. Work at the Clinic for psychological treatment with individual therapy and group therapy. Works as a supervisor in cognitive behavioral therapy and Schema Therapy


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.

Do you have questions?

We will be happy to answer your questions.