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May 1: Track 3


with Jeff Conway

This workshop will highlight some of the most common challenges in Schema Therapy Supervision.   Included in the discussion will be the following: Supervisee struggles to Conceptualize the patient in a clear, consistent and detailed way.  The apprehension the Supervisee often feels when introducing emotion-focused exercises and when attempting to thoughtfully use the exercises for assessment, Schema healing and Mode shifting.  How the Supervisee might be Schema triggered and flip into an unhealthy Mode while in session with a patient.  Finally, the challenge in the ST Supervision room when the Supervisee and Supervisor might experience Schema/Mode activation as they attempt to work together.  In the course of this workshop we will explore the most common mistakes made on the Case Conceptualization and offer ways to help the Supervisee correct those mistakes.  We will also consider the Schema/Mode reasons that emotion-focused exercises can be so daunting and provide strategies to help the Supervisee feel more competent and confident at introducing and using these techniques for Schema healing and Mode change. 

We will also explore the various roles a Schema Therapy Supervisor can assume in order best meet the supervisory challenges and to attend to the important learning and emotional needs of the Schema Therapy Supervisee.   It is hoped that this workshop will inspire participants to see typical supervisory challenges, although sometimes stressful and confusing, as opportunities for professional and personal growth that that could ultimately enhance schema therapy competence in the treatment room. The learning experience will include the use of videos, demonstrations, and practice exercises with participants, as well as lecture and discussion.

About the Presenter:

Jeff Conway, LCSW is the Chair of the ISST Committee on Supervisor Skills Training responsible for developing the required workshop to be certified as an ISST Supervisor Trainer. He is a founding member of ISST, a Certified Advanced Level Trainer-Supervisor since 2008, and on the ISST Committee for Training and Education.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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