Presenter: Professor Marleen Rijkboer (Netherlands)
Presentation: Schema Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder; Scientific Background and Practical Overview of the Treatment.
Marleen presented some theory, and her clinical observations from working over the past few years on a small trial of Schema Therapy for patients suffering with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
I came away with an understanding of the relevance of ST to these clients, and the adjustments that need to be made to engage clients with this profile. Marleen has the uncanny ability to describe research and practice in a way that is engaging; her humour and positivity is infectious.
Presenter: Dr Susan Simpson (UK)
Presentation: Working with Self-Flagellation and Guilt in Schema Therapy.
Presentations involving Self-Flagellation and Guilt are among the most difficult presentations to deal with in ST. Susan was able to share her knowledge of these topics with both precision and empathy, drawing on theory and research from diverse fields to inform her schema approach to these issues.
Presenter: Dr Lars Madsen (Aust)
Presentation: The Joker: An introduction to Forensic Schema Therapy.
Every time I talk to Lars I get the feeling I am on a crime podcast. This was no different (ps. I love crime podcasts). Lars masterfully illustrated the development of a set of Forensic Coping Modes (e.g. Bully and Attack, Predator) based on the tragic history of the character of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. Really fun and informative way of teaching the forensic schema model.
Presenter: Dr Andrew Phipps (Aust)
Presentation: I Want To Break Free: Accessing and Building the Happy Child Mode in Schema Therapy.
This was just plain fun - no pun intended;) Andrew took us for a deep dive into some of the skills and knowledge relevant to building the capacity for fun, play, and Joy. I came away from this feeling like we have only scratched the surface of 'building the happy child' within the general schema approach.