Forms of therapy for various forms of addiction - From Addiction to Connection

Trainer: Truus Kerstin

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

Location: Guesthouse Lovisenberg, Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo

Date: 26. - 28.02.20

Course fee: 7 500, - (includes lunch all days)

Deadline: 01.01.20

After this workshop participants:

  • Have knowledge of definitions of addiction and classification in the DSM V
  • Can recognize relevant Schema Modes in their patients (with the MOS, Mode Observation Scale)
  • Kan beoordelen addictive behaviors in terms of their function and dynamics in the Schedule Mode Conceptualization
  • Kend de stappen van behandeling in het werken met PD en addictie
  • Are able to apply ST and CBT techniques in working with the Self-Soother, Self-Stimulator, Impulsive Cild Mode and some aggressive overcompensating modes

Workshop details

I samarbejde med patienter med personlighedsforstyrrelser, en comorbid addictive behavior can complicate the treatment. The general guideline 'first treats the Axes I problem (Addiction) and afterwards the Personality Disorder', does not work because the addiction and personality disorder are interwoven and the addictive behavior can be an effective coping mode for underlying childhood trauma and unmet needs of the child. In dit geval is een dubbele focusbehandeling van PD en verslaving belangrijk.

In deze workshop wordt een geïntegreerde dual focusbehandeling van Personality Disorders and Addiction gepresenteerd, gebaseerd op Schema Modewerk en Cognitieve Behavior Therapie (CBT).
Starting point in this treatment is an assessment phase and a comprehensive functional analysis of the comorbidity dynamics in terms of substance abuse and other addictive behaviors and schedule modes in terms of the Schema Mode conceptualization.
Når de comorbidity dynamics have become more clear, the treatment can start and focus on modes like the Self-Soother, Self-Stimulator, the Angry and Impulsive Child, in order to reach the vulnerable or lonely child. Ook de Critical Parent is vaak een belangrijke mode om zich te concentreren op.

In Cluster B-patients, the Impulsive Child, the Self-Soother and Self-Stimulator are common modes. Moreover: aggressive overcompensation modes can play a role. Examples are the Self-Aggrandizer, Bully and Attack and Conning and Manipulative Mode.
In Cluster C-patiënten zijn de zelf-soothing modes vaak meer verborgen modes en soms lijkt minder destructief. The common characteristic of Cluster C-personality disorders is that anxiety dominates the functioning. Anxiety to feel and express emotions underlies the disfunctional coping modes. In Cluster C-patients, the most prominent modes are the Avoidant Protector, Detached Protector, Compliant Surrender, Perfectionistic Overcontroller and Self-Aggrandizer (Arntz, 2012).
Men: i nogle Cluster C-patienter er der også en selvøtter eller selvstimulator som kan være mer skjult, fordi det i første instans synes å være "sunn" coping behavior. Men i andre instans ser det ut til at være coping behavior with the function of not feeling vulnerable emotions. Behaviors could be: cleaning the house, working, gambling, surfing on the internet, multitasking on smartphones and sexual activities.

This 3-day workshop is aimed at (1) analyzing PD and addictive behaviors in terms of schedule mode dynamics, (2) recognizing the Self-Soother / Self-Stimulator and other relevant modes in Cluster A, B, and C-patients. , (2) working with these modes step-by-step with techniques that stem from CBT and ST; giving psycho-education and motivating the patient to stop the self-soothing behavior, contingency management, imagery and chair techniques to fight the parent modes and coping modes.
We zullen zich concentreren op hoe te overwinnen de zelf-soother en andere addictie-gerelateerde modi en hoe te bereiken de kwetsbare en lonely kind. We hebben ook aandacht besteed aan specifieke aspecten van beperkte reparatie en limietinstelling in verslaafde patiënten. Det endelige målet om behandling er at patienter kan få mere forbindelse med deres egne følelser (vulnerable child mode) såvel som med andre mennesker.

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 presents

Dr. Truus Kersten works as a psychotherapist at The Rooyse Exchange Forensic Psychiatric Center in Venray, Netherlands. She is the leader of the Dutch Schedule Therapy Training Program for therapists in Addiction and Forensic Care. Videre har hun utviklet en integreret behandling for patienter med personlighedsforstyrrelser og afhængighed, baseret på Schema Mode


The education program is approved by the International Society of Schedule Therapy (ISST) as a counselor for international certification in form therapy.

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