Specialization Program in Psychotherapy

The education in form therapy is approved by the Norwegian Psychology Association as a compulsory program in the specialty of psychotherapy.

- 13 collections over 3 years

- 160 hours of courses and 48 hours of personal experience as well as 91 hours of guidance

"After the respective sessions, I have always felt very inspired and with a great desire to come back to the clinic to practice the new knowledge."

- Flemming Pommer, psychologist

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

Time: 15.03.23 to 21.03.25 October XNUMX

Price: 102 350

Deadline: 15 January 2023

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160 hours


The teaching is modular and follows the International Guidelines of the International Society of Schedule Therapy (ISST). Various educational forms are used, such as lectures, model learning, experience-oriented teaching, role-playing, group work and reflection on own clinical practice. Lecturers are national and international resource persons with expertise in the relevant topics. Course leader, psychologist Erlend Aschehoug, is an approved supervisor in ISST and ensures coordination of the education program.

Own experience

48 hours


As form therapy primarily focuses on patients with relative problems, the education program has largely emphasized the development of relational competence and self-development among the candidates. This is emphasized in the teaching modules, both theoretical and practical in terms of skills training, exploration and awareness of own forms and modes as well as self-reflection. Self-knowledge will give the candidates a deeper understanding of form therapy on a personal level.

In-house experience is based on current topics on the modules, and takes place in small groups on 2-3 candidates. It is good time for the group work, and everyone must try as a therapist, patient and observer. The lecturer / s guide the candidates along the way. Between the role swaps there is time for a reflection round, which is also done in plenary afterwards. Candidates are also encouraged to record their own material or material from a patient in the plenary associated with specific themes. In this work, the lecturer is a therapist, while the candidate has the role of patient. After the exercise, it opens for input and reflections in plenary.

Mentoring

91 hours


91 hours of guidance are offered in the education, given by a psychologist specialist with certification in schema therapy. The guidance is given in groups of a maximum of four candidates, and it is mainly given in relation to recordings they have made of their own therapies. Candidates must follow a minimum of four patients and have at least 25 therapy hours with each. One of the patients must have a personality disorder or deviant personality traits, and the others must be suitable for mode work. There is a requirement to submit four videos, before which a written explanation of the focus of the therapy and a problem must be sent. For two of the videos, written case formulations must also be submitted. The supervisor will assess each admission using the Schema Therapist Competency Rating Scale (STCRS). Regular guidance on recording the candidate's own therapies has shown good value in relation to strengthening his/her knowledge and skills as a therapist.

Form therapy is an integrative psychotherapy model that combines elements from attachment theory, psychodynamic therapy, gestalt therapy, emotion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (Vreeswijk, Broersen & Nadort, 2012). It is a widespread therapy approach that has constantly gained new applications, and it is used today for children, adolescents and adults and is given in the form of individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and group therapy. It is also used in prison care.

To attend the course you must have Norwegian authorization as a psychologist and you must have completed the Psychology Association's joint program.

The price for the entire specialization program is NOK 128, which covers all the course modules including personal experience and 200 tutoring hours, provided that you take the combination of individual and group tutoring that is offered. Expenses in connection with guidance will vary depending on whether it is individual guidance or group guidance and how many participants there are in the group. Price per tutoring hour (104 minutes) is NOK 45, which is then distributed among the number of participants in group tutoring. To be certified, you must submit an exam video. The price for scoring and written feedback per video recording of 1 minutes is NOK 350. Finally, you must register with ISST to be certified. The annual subscription is 45 Euro. Membership of ISST gives you access to a number of resources on the ISST website.

The specialization program consists of a total of 16 course modules over three years.

It is required that the candidate attends all the modules in order to have them approved in the specialist scheme. Absences from individual modules must be compensated for by participation in the corresponding module in subsequent cohorts. Only absences with sick leave are accepted as valid absences. If you are absent from a course meeting, the course fee will not be refunded.

The courses are held at Kongsvinger. You have to arrange accommodation yourself.

Only Norwegian Psychology Association can approve practice, this can not be done by the Norwegian Forum for Forensic Medicine. See the description of the practice requirements here: https://www.psykologforeningen.no/medlem/kurs-og-utdanning/spesialistutdanningen/spesialitetene-i-psykologi-ny-ordning/utfyllende-bestemmelser-for-spesialitetene-i-psykologi-ny-ordning/spesialiteten-i-psykoterapi

This writes the Psychology Association about practice on its websites:

"Of the total 5 man-years practice as a psychologist, at least 4 of man-years must be in regular practice in recognized and established psychotherapeutic methods. During the 5 man-years, the psychologist will work on at least 2 places of employment. At least 2 of the man-years must be within mental health care or from specialized fields with documented equivalence to mental health care, eg practice from the field of abuse or other fields where work has been conducted in interdisciplinary teams. One must have experience in examining and treating a diverse range of mental disorders and problems, including experience with severe mental disorders and psychotic conditions. One must have work with a broad age range and with both sexes. In at least 1 of the man-years, the psychologist must have worked at least 20% with the chosen treatment approach. »

According to the requirements of the Norwegian Psychologist Association, the guidance must be given by a psychologist and you must have minimum 180 hours guidance during the specialization program (60 hours must be linked to the joint program that you must take before you begin the specialization program, together 240 hours).

In this education, the candidate is expected to cover the remaining part of the supervision, ie 100 hours, which are required for approval as a specialist

40 hours should be individual guidance. Guidance can also be given in group. The group then consists of a maximum of four psychologists supervised by a psychologist.
In our education, the supervisor also has an advanced certification in form therapy.

For guidance to be approved, you should be able to document guidance of at least two and up to several ongoing or completed treatment processes. A mutual standard contract for guidance is entered into before the guidance starts and is carried out continuously during the guidance hours and through the guidance certificate after completion of supervision. After a special assessment by the specialist committee for the specialty in psychotherapy, another type of psychologist can be approved as a supervisor if it has equivalent competence. In special cases, and after individual application, the psychologist may receive pre-approved guidance for up to 40 hours by an experienced non-specialist psychologist.

According to the requirements of the Norwegian Psychological Association, the guidance must be given by a psychologist. After a special assessment by the specialist committee for the specialty in psychotherapy, another type of psychologist can be approved as a supervisor if it has equivalent competence. In special cases, and after individual application, the psychologist may receive pre-approved guidance for up to 40 hours by an experienced non-specialist psychologist. In our education, the supervisor will also hold an advanced certification in form therapy.

The material must be from your ongoing practice where you use form therapy. The guidance is given mainly in relation to the candidate's admission of own therapies. The candidate must accompany a minimum of four patients and have at least 25 therapy hours with each. One of the patients must have a personality disorder or abnormal personality traits, and the others must be suitable for mode work.

Only the Norwegian Psychological Association can give the final approval.

Approved participation in the education program (attendance on all core modules and 100% completed supervision) and passed the exam honors with international certification in form therapy.
NB! It is required that the candidate attends all the modules in order to have them approved in the specialist scheme. Absences from individual modules must be compensated for by participation in the corresponding module on the following cohort if this is offered.

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

Norsk Psykologforening has approved the education as
compulsory program for the specialty in psychotherapy.

The course modules will be approved as optional specialist and postgraduate courses by the Specialization Committee in Psychiatry and by the Specialization Committee in General Medicine.

Modules and course instructors 2023 - 2025

The deadline for registration for the certification program is 15 January 2023. The deadline for registration for individual courses can be found below.

Introduction to Schema Therapy

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: March 15-16, 2023
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 15.01.23

Personality disorders and differential diagnosis

Instructor: Kristine Dahl Sørensen
Date: March 17, 2023
Course fee: 2 500, -
Registration deadline: 15.01.23

Casus formulation in Schema Therapy

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: May 11-12, 2023
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 15.03.23

Introduction to group chemistry

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 31 August – 01 September 2023
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 30.06.23

Introduction to schema therapy for children and young people

Course instructor: Christof Loose
Date: 04 - 05 September 2023
Course fee: NOK 4 (Online course)
Registration deadline: 15.06.23

Empatic confrontation

Course instructor: Neele Reiss and Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 21. - 22. September 2023
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 01.09.23

Schema therapy for children and young people module 2

Course instructor: Christof Loose
Date: October 23 - 24, 2023
Course fee: NOK 4 (Online course)
Registration deadline: 15.06.23

The engagement phase in group schema therapy

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 26 – 27 October 2023
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 20.08.23

Schema therapy for children and young people module 3

Course instructor: Christof Loose
Date: 20-21 November 2023
Course fee: NOK 4 (Online course)
Registration deadline: 15.06.23

Schema therapy for children and young people module 4

Course instructor: Christof Loose
Date: 08 - 09 January 2024
Course fee: NOK 4 (Online course)
Registration deadline: 15.06.23

Chair Work in Schema Therapy

Course instructor: Remco van der Wijngaart
Date: 23 - 24 November 2023
Course fee: NOK 5
Registration deadline: 20. September XNUM

Therapy for therapists

Course holder: Eva Barkman and Erlend Aschehoug
Date: Rolling course with a total of 3 sessions in the period Dec 23 - Dec 24
Course fee: NOK 5 per group meeting
Registration deadline: 15.01.23

Meet yourself and your forms

Course holder: Eva Barkman and Erlend Aschehoug
Date: January 25-26, 2024
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 01.11.23

Fine-tuning Imagery Rescripting

Course instructor: Remco van der Wijngaart
Date: 15 - 16 February 2024
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: December 15, 2023

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

Course instructor: Truus Kerstin
Date: March 14 - 15, 2024
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 10.01.24

The work phase of group chemistry

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 18. - XNUM. April 19
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 20.02.24

The autonomy phase of group chemistry

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 13 – 14 June 2024
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 10.04.24

Body-Focused Interventions in Schedule Therapy

Course instructor: Janis Briedis
Date: 11 September - 13 September 2024
Course fee: 7 (includes lunch every day)
Registration deadline: 15 July 2024

How to strengthen the healthy adult?

Course holder: Erlend Aschehoug
Date: 24 – 25 October 2024
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 15.08.24

Schedule Therapy for Eating Disorders

Instructor: Susan Simpson
Date: 06 February - 07 October 2025
Course fee: NOK 5 (includes lunch)
Registration deadline: December 15, 2024

Schema Therapy at emotionally unstable personality disorder

Course instructor: Remco van der Wijngaart
Date: March 20-21, 2025
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 15.01.25

Schema therapy in anxious-avoidant personality disorder

Instructor: Kristine Dahl Sørensen
Date: 07 - 08 September 2024
Course fee: 5 000, -
Registration deadline: 15.07.24

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