Schedule Therapy for Eating Disorders

Course holder: Susan Simpson

Organizer: Norwegian Forum for Forensic Therapy in collaboration with the Norwegian Society for Cognitive Therapy

Place: Guesthouse Lovisenberg, Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo

Date: 14. October - XNUM. October 15

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

Registration deadline: 15. September XNUM

Course details

The Scheme Therapy (ST) Mode model is well suited to the eating disordered population, particularly those with complex problems, rigid personality traits and interpersonal difficulties. Scheme Therapy (ST) is an integrative therapeutic approach aimed at treating those with entrenched interpersonal, self-identity and characterological difficulties. One of the focal guiding strategies in ST is the development of a formulation & treatment plan which links early origins & underlying functions of eating disorders with current symptoms. This model addresses change not only at an intellectual / cognitive level, but also incorporates techniques that lead to emotional and behavioral change. ST techniques, targeting the rigid belief systems and high levels of avoidance characteristic of both characterological disorders and complex eating disorders that frequently interfere with progress in traditional treatments. A preliminary RCT that compared short-term ST with CBT for bulimic disorders found equivalent outcomes, indicating its potential value as a standard treatment for this population (McIntosh et al., 2016).


  • Key features of the Schema Therapy Model & rationale for application with eating disorders
  • Strategies for change, with an emphasis on deeper level change with core beliefs / schemas
  • Preliminary evidence for the Schema Therapy model with eating disorders
  • An opportunity to practice using powerful methods of addressing the 'Anorexic Voice'
  • Case study examples to enable participants to consider how to apply the scheme change techniques with complex eating disorder clients
  • Opportunity to think about how to apply scheme change techniques with your own complex eating disorder clients.

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.

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

Dr. Susan Simpson is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in Scheme Therapy for complex eating disorders over the past 12 years. She currently works in an NHS inpatient eating disorders unit near Edinburgh, Scotland. She is director of Scheme Therapy Scotland and regularly runs Schedule Therapy workshops throughout Europe and Australasia. She is part of an international research group which is currently investigating the effectiveness of Scheme Therapy for eating disorders. She has published several research papers on the schema therapy model applied to a range of clinical populations, and has presented her findings at national and international conferences. She is co-author / editor of the first book on Schedule Therapy for Eating Disorders, published by Routledge in 20.


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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