International certification program in group chemistry therapy

The education consists of a total of 12 course days in one year. In addition, either 20 hours of standard certification guidance or 40 hours of advanced certification guidance. Anyone participating in the certification program will be assigned tutors. The guidance will mainly be given in relation to admissions that the candidate has made of their own group therapies. For the exam, video recordings are sent to an independent sensor. After completing the education and passing the exam, the candidate has an international certification in form therapy, either at standard level or advanced level.

"Form therapy is a form of treatment that patients with long-term or chronic problems intuitively understand. I have benefited greatly from the two-year further education in form therapy, both in treatment and supplementary to assessment. The guidance I have had has been of very high quality, and has together with the seminars exceeded the expectations I had in advance. All of the participants I have spoken to have said the same thing. "

- Christoffer Ødegård Hansen, psychologist

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

Time: 15.10.20 - 10.09.21

Course fee: 30 000 (Additional guidance is included)

Deadline: 15. September 2020

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"A course in group form therapy with Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw is the best course I have taken in my 19 years in psychiatry. This is due to both theory teaching, exercises and work with own things in the course. The lecturers were extremely wise and inspiring. "

- Arnhild Flikke, psychiatrist

Schematic therapy is a therapeutic approach developed by Jeffrey Young. The therapy form is particularly suitable for long-term, personality-related problems that have their roots in early relationships from one's childhood and adolescence. Schematic therapy is an integrative psychotherapy model. Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw have developed group chemistry therapy that is a distinctive and potent group therapy in relation to personality disorders and people with long-standing interpersonal problems.

The teaching is modular and follows the international guidelines for ISST. The curator is an approved supervisor in ISST and ensures
coordination of the certification program. All participants will be assigned a supervisor. The guidance can be done in groups or individually depending on the wishes and opportunities. Participants can choose from standard certification that involves 20 timer guidance or advanced certification that involves 40 timer guidance. All of the certification programs are encouraged to actively apply the College Management throughout the education period.

Education in group chemistry affects different areas of expertise. The following topics will be covered in the education:

- Theoretical model and basic concepts in form therapy in general, and group form therapy in particular: Introduction to the basic model, definition of early maladaptive schema and review of the 18 specific forms as defined by Jeffrey Young, definition of maladaptive coping strategies Coping Styles) and definition of mode.

Mapping and case formulation: Different approaches for identifying and activating early, inappropriate forms, inappropriate survival strategies and modes, scoring and interpreting questionnaires, psychoeducation and case formulation.

- Content in prevention conversations and review of different phases in group form therapy

- How to facilitate unity and belonging in the group?

- Group interventions in relation to protector mode, critical, judgmental mode, vulnerable child mode, angry child mode, happy / satisfied child mode

- How to use conflicts and disagreements in the group as a resource?

- How to work long-term with change?

3-year health and social work college education or official examination as a doctor or psychologist. Applicants must have at least three years of experience from clinical practice. Active work with the same group over time during the education

The course fee for the certification program is NOK 30, - This covers all course modules. Guidance and exam expenses are also included. The courses are held at Kongsvinger. If you do not want to take the entire certification program, you can register for individual courses.

The certification program consists of a total of 6 course modules, a total of 96 hours of teaching.

Absence from individual modules must be compensated for by participating in the corresponding module on subsequent coal if the course is arranged in the future. Only absence with sick leave is accepted as a valid absence.

You have the full opportunity to register for single courses. The registration is binding and the course fee is not refunded for a possible enrollment later than 3 weeks before the start of the course, for whatever reason (such as sick leave, no leave, etc.).

Yes! The Norwegian Psychologist Association has approved the education with 96 hours of maintenance activity in the specialist education. If you take individual courses, each course day is approved with the 8 hours of maintenance activity.

The courses are held on the premises of the Clinic for Psychological Treatment at Kongsvinger. At Kongsvinger there are various places that offer accommodation. Accommodation must be arranged by the individual participant.

Guidance is an essential part of the education. Either 20 hours guidance with an approved standard certification supervisor or 40 hours guidance with an approved Advanced Certification Supervisor. ISST has developed specific guidelines for how the number of hours of group guidance is converted into approved guidance for each participant. This depends on the size of the group. The guidance will mainly be given in relation to admissions that the therapist has done on own group therapy. The supervisor will consider some admissions for those who want advanced certification using the Group Schema Therapy Rating Scale (GSTRS-R).

All tutors in the certification program are specialists in clinical psychology. In addition, they have an advanced certification in group chemistry therapy.

The material must be from your current practice where you use form therapy in groups. The guidance is mainly given in relation to admission the candidate has made of his own groups.

Approved participation in the education program (attendance at all course sessions and 100% completed supervision) and passing the exam are honored with international certification in group chemistry. Read more here: https://schematherapysociety.org/Group-Certification

A standard certification implies that the candidate has the competence to exercise form therapy, participate in
research projects as well as giving instruction or guidance to candidates who are taking standard certification. With standard
Certification does not allow you to lead education programs, act as a sensor or offer guidance in particular
challenging and difficult patient kasi. An advanced certification means that the candidate has the competence to provide herbal therapy
Within a wide range of mental disorders and interpersonal issues, participate in research projects as well as guide, teach
and act as a sensor in form therapy.

Approval of the guide
• Standard certification: In addition to participating in the education program, participants must have 20 hours of guidance.
In the guide, the candidate must present at least two different patients, of which at least one has a personality disorder or
severe dysfunctional personality traits and the other patients should be appropriate in one way or another
mode work. All patients should have at least had 25 timer therapy each. Prior to certification, the participant must have the minimum requirement
used form therapy for 2 different patients with total 80 therapists.

• Advanced Certification: In addition to detachment in the education program, participants must have 40 hours guidance.
In the guide, the candidate must present at least four different patients, of which at least one personality disorder
or severe dysfunctional personality traits and the other patients should be appropriate in one way or another
mode work. It is expected that the participant demonstrates competence both in relation to working with
overcompensating mode as well as surrender or avoidance mode. All patients must have had at least 25 hours of therapy
each. Prior to certification, the participant as a minimum requirement must have used form therapy for 4 different patients with a total of 160
therapy sessions.

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.

Isst-standard

The program complies with the International Society of Schedule Therapy (ISST) certification standards to receive international certification in form therapy after graduation.

Approved by the Norwegian Psychology Association

The Norwegian Psychologist Association has approved the education with 96 hours of maintenance activity in the specialist education.

Modules and lecturers 2020 - 2021

The deadline for registering for the certification program is September 15, 2020. The deadline for registering for individual courses can be found below.

Introduction to Schema Therapy

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: October 15 - 16, 2020
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 15.09.20

Casus formulation in Schema Therapy

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 03 - 04 December 2020
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 01.11.20

Introduction to group chemistry

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 09. - 10. September 2021
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 01.08.21

Meet yourself and your forms

Course holder: Eva Barkman and Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 04. - 05. November 2021
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 01.10.21

The work phase of group chemistry

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: January 27-28, 2022
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 01.12.21

The autonomy phase of group chemistry

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: March 17 - 18, 2022
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 10.02.22

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