Methods to Manage Emotion: Integrating DBT Concepts into Schema Therapy


Schema Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for Personality Disorders and ‘hard-to-treat presentations and problems. Initially derived from cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy incorporates and emphasises several affect change techniques, such as imagery rescripting and chairwork, and the concept of Limited Reparenting, in addition to cognitive and behavioural approaches to create change. Although Limited Reparenting, Imagery Rescripting and other methods are crucial for emotional change and can also help individuals regulate, many individuals often need additional emotional regulation skills not traditionally taught in Schema Therapy.

 In this course, you will be taught several skills from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), an alternative-evidence based treatment for borderline personality disorder and other disorders of emotional dysregulation, in addition to other therapeutic techniques for helping to regulate emotions and ideas on how to integrate these skills into a Schema therapy approach. Training will include short “bite-sized” webinars, skills videos, reading material, and live consultation and Q&A with Chris, the presenter. To get the most out of this workshop, attendees should already have a working knowledge of Schema Therapy and have attended some prior Schema Therapy training.


Your Presenter

Chris Hepworth, Clinical Psychologist

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist and accredited advanced schema therapist, trainer and supervisor who lives in Perth, Western Australia where he has a private practice. Chris is also the Clinical Lead on the DBTeen Program in Western Australia, within which he provides clinical consultation and guidance to DBTeen group clinicians and to Lifeline about clinical aspects of the program. He mainly works with individuals with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, and trauma, although is also experienced is treating a range of presenting problems and clinical difficulties. In addition to being trained in Schema Therapy, Chris has been coordinating and delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programs for a number of years, and his practice is also informed by EMDR and other cognitive-behavioural therapies.

Chris provides formal training in Schema Therapy both in Australia and abroad, including touring for the Australian Psychology Society in late 2019, in addition to providing training and up-skilling in DBT. From his private practice he also provides individual supervision.

Curriculum for the Training

  Preparation and Introduction
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  Week 1: Using DBT Skills in Schema Therapy
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  Week 2: Mindfulness in Schema Therapy
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  Week 3: Crisis Survival Skills
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  Week 4: Emotional Regulation Skills
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  Week 5: Communication and Assertiveness Skills
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  Week 6: Cultivating the Happy Child Mode
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This course is closed for enrollment.