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INSPIRE 2022 ISST Copenhagen Conference

The Place to INSPIRE



Submissions are accepted for the Following Formats: 

Symposia, Hot Topics, Round Table Discussions, Case Presentations, Posters and Schema Therapy Related Films and Digital/Video Materials

The ISST Executive Board is announcing the Call for Scientific and Clinical Presentations for INSPIRE 2022 in Copenhagen/Virtually. We are inviting researchers and practitioners, both experienced and newer to the field, who are interested in strengthening the scientific and practical foundations of Schema Therapy.  If you are a practicing Schema Therapist, in training, or if you are studying or doing research in Schema Therapy and want to introduce your ideas and/or research results, we invite you to submit a proposal to our Scientific and Clinical Program. Submissions are encouraged from all levels of applicants, whether you have many years of expertise or are a student in the field. 

We invite proposals for presentations in the following formats:

  • Symposia: a 90 minute presentation by 4 or 5 presenters addressing a common theme or topic within Schema Therapy. At least 15 minutes should be allocated for audience questions and dialogues among the presenters. The chair of the symposia completes the submission, entering all information for all presenters. 
  • Round Table Discussion: a 90 minute informal session to stimulate discussion among presenters on a specific topic related to Schema Therapy. No formal presentations or audio visual equipment is provided.
  • Case Presentation:  a 90 minute presentation composed of a chair along with presenters, a Case Presentation involves the presentation of a specific Schema Therapy clinical case, or a specific Schema Therapy clinical issue, followed by a discussion among presenters.
  • Hot Topics:  presentations on a clinical, theoretical or research topic with a typical time allocation of 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Poster Submission: a 121 cm x 244 cm (4' x 8') poster for public display intended to summarize research. Poster authors are required to attend their assigned session to present their work (less than 10 minutes).
  • Films and video/digital materials related to Schema Therapy: can be presented on a special session with the author’s comments or on the monitors in the lobby in a continuous play mode (less than 15 minutes).


Format Details

Please select the format for your proposal, based on the descriptions below. The presenter and/or chair of each format must complete each required field on the application. 

The application requires the following information for each presenter:

  1. Name, email address, ISST membership level (Full, Associate, Honorary, Supporter, Non-Member), certification level along with speciality areas of certification (Standard or Advanced in individuals, couples, group, individual, children & adolescents, forensic, etc.), and country of residency. In addition, a title or abstract along with additional information may be required. 
  2. Each presenter must send a short bio (2 - 3 paragraphs) of each presenter, recent pictures of each presenter, and a recent resume/CV of the main presenter to the following email address: SUBMISSIONS

Symposia (90 minutes)

The lead presenter submits a title and general overview of the session (less than 300 words), and includes additional individual presenters with their structured abstracts that would take place in the proposed symposium (less than 300 words).

Symposia are 90 minutes long and consist of four to five presentations focused on empirical research or conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. Following the presentations, a discussant (who may or may not be one of the presenters) highlights and integrates the contributions of the speakers and moderates questions from the audience. The Chair is invited to use the symposium format as an opportunity to integrate related work by:

1) bringing speakers of different affiliations together rather than showcasing the work of a single group 

2) incorporating different types of discussions (e.g., historical, conceptual and research-based) on the same topic. Priority is given to submissions that are relevant to the conference theme, along with topics that are research and data driven. Please highlight how relevant your proposal is, with research citations when appropriate. 

ThChair accepts responsibility to ensure thaall speakers provide individuaabstracts of their presentations for the submission. The Chair must also ensure that speakerregistewith the congress and communicate with the scientific committeas well awith each otheas required.

Round Table Discussion (90 minutes)

Three to five speakers discuss one area of speciality or expertise related to Schema Therapy. The discussion lasts for 90 minutes, with time allotted for both the discussion among panelists and audience questions. The Round Table Discussion is organized by a Chair, who is responsible for moderating the discussion and submitting the proposal, along with fellow presenters' information. A general overview of the topic is provided by the Chair on the submission, less than 500 words.

Case Presentations (90 minutes)

Case presentations introduce a specific clinical issue through the description of a particular case(s). Presenters will prepare a 30 minute case presentation (maximum 2 per session), with appropriate measures to ensure patient anonymity and/or have acquired informed consent. The specific topics illustrated or discussed should be highlighted up front. Finally, between one and three commenters may be invited to reflect on the case or on the broader issues it raises. The entire session is 90 minutes long. The session may require a Chair who may or may not choose to be the presenter or a discussant. The Chair submits a summary of the session and the background (less than 100 words) of the presenters and any discussants. The Chair ensures that the presenters and discussants register and communicate with each other as required to prepare for the conference presentation.

Hot Topics (10 minutes)

Individual oral presentations concerning conceptual, historical, empirical, or methodological issues related to Schema Therapy. They may report empirical research if it is too complex for an effective presentation using a Poster format (e.g., an integrated series of experiments), but does not belong within a symposium submission. Slides are encouraged to help with your presentation.

All Hot Topic presentations must be less than 10 to 15 minutes in duration. Accepted Hot Topic presenters will occur during a 90 minute session with other presenters. The program committee may also suggest that the submission belong in a more appropriate format, such as a Poster presentation. Priority for selections is to topics that relate to the conference theme, or topics that are research and data driven. Please highlight the relevancy of the topic in the proposal. The structure of the abstract of a Hot Topic should be less than 300 words, and include the following:

1. Introduction

2. Method

3. Results

4. Discussion

5. Conclusion


Posters usually report empirical research and will be organized into one or more sessions, during which attendees will be invited to review the research presented and discuss findings with poster presenters. Clinical posters, posters presenting the preliminary results of an ongoing study or case presentations are welcome. Poster Authors are required to attend their assigned session to present their work may choose to provide handouts. Guidelines for good poster preparation can be found HERE  

Schema Therapy Related Films and Video/Digital Materials

The Author submits a brief description of the video material (educational, training, promotional, biographic, client sessions, research illustrations, cases, etc.): video/digital format, purpose, timing (max. 15 minutes), structure, (300 words or less), along with a link to the material to preview.

Examples of Topics of Interest

General Topics:

      • Schema Therapy as a Source of Corrective Emotional Experiences 
      • Latest advances in Schema Therapy: theory and practice
      • Individual Schema Therapy
      • Group Schema Therapy
      • Schema Couples Therapy
      • Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy 
      • Assessment and measurement in Schema Therapy

Specialty Topics:

      • Emotions and related psychological processes 
      • Corrective Emotional Experience Interventions
      • Schema Therapy and Quality of Life 
      • Implementing Schema Therapy in Different Cultures
      • Schemas and Modes in relation to other psychological characteristics
      • Conceptualization as Intervention 
      • Schema Therapy with different populations
      • Mode Work with groups
      • Protocols and techniques in Schema Therapy
      • E-health apps for Schema Therapy
      • Schema therapy for personal growth (i.e.,with healthier populations)
      • Schema Mode Therapy to Treat Addictions
      • Schema Therapy education
      • Symbolic representation of Schemas and Modes
      • Testing a Schema Mode Model in the treatment of various disorders
      • Mode work with elements of Art therapy
      • Role-plays for  Mode change work
      • Rescripting models
      • Use of online interventions in Schema therapy: pros and cons
      • Schema Therapy with different age groups
      • Schema Therapy with couples and families
      • Dealing with extremely challenging cases
      • Schema Therapy Training: innovations, challenges, obstacles 
      • Forensic Schema Therapy: Research and Practice
      • New approaches for promoting Schema Therapy
      • Reparenting and Parent education
      • Schema Therapy and Neuroscience
      • Schema Therapy in Relation to Other Psychotherapy Approaches
      • Visual materials on Schema Therapy 
      • Schema Therapy related films and video materials

Deadline: March 1st

NOTE: All visual materials should have appropriate measures taken to ensure patient anonymity and/or have obtained informed consent. Only complete submissions, which include presenters’ short bios (2-3 paragraphs) and pictures, will be evaluated.

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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