Schema Therapy Two Day Workshop

Workshop dates: Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November 2018

Day 1: 10am – 4.30pm, Day 2: 9.30am – 4pm
University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

Course leader: Dr Kerry Beckley
Course fees: £300 per person
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Schema Therapy and/or schema informed practice is increasingly being used within a range of criminal justice settings. The application of schema therapy in forensic contexts can be challenging due to pre-existing cultures and narratives about care and punishment.

This workshop aims to provide an overview of the schema therapy model within the context of forensic settings, and to explore the challenges in using experiential techniques for the purpose of the principle aims; limited re-parenting and empathic confrontation. It is necessary to make sense of, and work effectively with, the anti-social dimension of the individuals, whilst holding in mind the often extensive unmet needs from childhood that underpin the complex presentations encountered in adulthood.

Core themes will include making sense of “offence paralleling behaviour” (Jones 2002) within a schema framework, a critical reflection of the forensic modes (Bernstein, Arntz & de Vos, 2007), and schema chemistry within the therapeutic relationship (Beckley, 2010).

The workshop will utilise concepts from both individual and group schema therapy models. The final area will focus on the wider organisational dynamics and explore how therapists can become “positioned” within multidisciplinary team dynamics, associated with classical notions of splitting as they struggle to maintain the delicate balance between risk management and therapeutic agendas. The workshop will also consider the role of psychologist within different forensic contexts where a schema informed framework is utilised.

The workshop will be aimed at those both new to and familiar with Schema Therapy and who are adapting its use to a range of criminal justice settings.

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