Introduction to Schema Therapy

Trainer: Erlend Aschehoug

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

Location: Psychology Treatment Clinic, Kongsvinger

Date: March 15-16, 2023

Course fee: NOK 5 (includes course booklet and lunch both days)

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Learning Objectives

1. Introduction to form therapy as a biopsychosocial vulnerability model and integrative therapy approach
2. Review of central principles in the therapy model (both the model model and the model model).
3. Thorough presentation of the 18 early maladaptive forms and form-sustained factors.
4. Review of the 10 Basic Modes.
5. Overview of different mapping forms and how to apply them in investigation.

More about the course

The course provides an introduction to Schema Therapy as a treatment method for personality disorders.
In Schema Therapy, attention is focused on early, maladaptive forms that are believed to play an important role in personality problems and relationships. An early maladaptive form has its background in an upbringing where the child's basic emotional needs were not adequately met.
Young uses 18 early maladaptive form that refers to self-destructive basic pattern (theme) that constantly rolls up in the patient's life. Examples of such forms may be; abandonment / instability, emotional neglect, distrust / abuse, self-reliance, strict standards / excessively critical, defective / shame.

Early maladaptive forms struggle to survive, they are self-destructive and patterns that last a lifetime. The forms are difficult to cure as they are strong beliefs about oneself and others who have been internalized from early childhood. An early, maladaptive form gives the patient a sense of predictability and control, despite the fact that they are also painful and cause difficulties in everyday life. On the course, key components of the schematic model will be considered as basic emotional needs, impact factors for form formation, formative experiences, early maladaptive form and form-sustained factors. There will be a review of different survey schedules (Young Schema Questionnaire - YSQ; Schema Mode Inventory - SMI; Young Parent Inventory - YPI) and how to apply these in investigation.

Approved by

The Norwegian Psychological Association has approved this course as a 16-hour maintenance activity. The course will be applied for approval 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 the lecturer

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.

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