Three Day Advanced Training in Group Schedule Therapy

Course Keepers: Ida Shaw and Erlend Aschehoug

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

Place: Guesthouse Lovisenberg, Lovisenberggaten 15a, Oslo

Date: 06. May - X. May 08

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

Registration deadline: 20. March 2020

Course details

Group Scheme Therapy was developed by Farrell & Shaw (1994, 2012). The GST model integrates their original group work with Young's individual Scheme Therapy (ST) (2003) & the ST outcome research of Arntz (2009).

This Advanced Master Class is intended for participants who have completed the Introduction to Group ST (FOUR DAY INTENSIVE TRAINING IN GROUP SCHEME THERAPY). It fulfills the advanced level training requirement for certification in Group ST by the International Society for Schedule Therapy (ISST). Each six-hour training day fulfills one of the module requirements for certification. Module one focuses on interventions to get through the Maladaptive Coping Modes: including the avoidant and overcompensating modes and mastery of group empathic confrontation interventions. Module two focuses on interventions for dysfunctional parent modes and accessing the healthy adult mode. Module three focuses on interventions to reach and heal the Child Schedule Modes including group imagery rescripting, playful interventions and limited reparenting by child fashion. Each module consists of equal parts of didactic with demonstration and practice with observation and coaching. Although the interventions are discussed in terms of their application in Group ST, many are just as applicable to individual and participants report their effectiveness in their individual as well as group work. Their second book The Schedule Therapy Clinician's Guide, Wiley 2014 provides an entire program of group and individual ST that is appropriate for letter 10-20 sessions or longer (1 year) outpatient and more intensive programs like inpatient and day therapy. It includes therapist scripts and handouts for 42 group sessions and 12 individual sessions. This ST program is adaptable for a variety of lengths and is transdiagnostic. This workshop is part of the curriculum for ISST certification in Group Scheme Therapy. You will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion that can be used in the documentation required for that certification.

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

Ida Shaw, MA is the Training Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis - Eskenazi Mental Health. She is a member of the Training and Certification Advisory Board of ISST and Chair of the Child- Adolescent Certification Committee. Ida is the main clinical supervisor of the international BPD trial of group schedule therapy, providing training and supervision for all trial therapists. She supervises the practice component of additional research projects on Avoidant Personality Disorder, dissociative disorders, complex trauma and child-adolescent treatment.


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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