Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out
A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists
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his unique resource helps therapists build their skills in schema therapy (ST) by applying ST techniques to themselves and reflecting on the experience. Designed for use by individuals or groups, the book harnesses the power of self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR), an evidence-based training strategy. Twenty modules take therapists step by step through using ST to address a professional or personal problem—from establishing safety and creating a self-conceptualization to implementing mode change work, including cognitive, experiential, and behavioral pattern-breaking interventions. In a convenient large-size format, the book is illustrated with vivid therapist examples and features numerous reproducible
worksheets and forms for doing the SP/SR exercises. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
This title is part of the Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Guides for Psychotherapists Series, edited by James Bennett-Levy.
“Leading schema therapists Farrell and Shaw draw on their great depth of experience to provide this comprehensive, authoritative guide. As psychotherapists, when our own maladaptive schemas are triggered and we switch into defensive coping modes, our capacity to help our clients becomes significantly limited. Self-practice and self-reflection are fundamental activities for anyone who wants to develop and mature as a schema therapist. The authors offer a clear and accessible account of ST theory and practice that makes it easy to apply, whether we are working with our own process or that of our clients. This lucid book is a valuable resource for therapists seeking to develop their skills as well as trainers and supervisors offering guidance to others.”—David Edwards, PhD, Department of Psychology, Rhodes University, South Africa; President, International Society of Schema Therapy
“Why work with this book? Because it will make you a better therapist! This is a 'must read' for schema therapists and therapists in general. SP/SR is a profound and practical training approach perfectly suited to ST, which combines the depth of psychodynamic psychotherapy with aspects of cognitive and behavioral therapy. The book is systematic and easy to grasp for therapists of different theoretical backgrounds, and the authors are outstanding experts in the field. Using SP/SR can increase schema therapists' understanding of patients' experiences and attunement to their issues; in addition, it can provide us with greater satisfaction and happiness in our own lives.”—Eckhard Roediger, MD, Director, Frankfurt Schema Therapy Institute, Germany
“This well-organized workbook takes therapists on a personal journey through the process of ST. With a gentle, wisely experienced voice, Farrell and Shaw lay out stepping stones to deepen self-understanding and self-care and link this insight to one's work as a therapist. Concrete SP/SR exercises help therapists connect the dots between their developmental experiences, core schemas and coping patterns, and between schema and mode concepts and cognitive, experiential, and behavioral interventions. ST is a compassionate, appealing, and effective treatment option to resolve interpersonal and intrapersonal problems, and this workbook is an ideal resource for exploring it. I found the book personally relevant and helpful. I will strongly recommend it to my students and colleagues at all levels.”—Denise D. Davis, PhD, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University
“The authors bring the powerful transdiagnostic approach of ST to the service of the therapist's own personal and professional development. The book presents material in a methodical, structured fashion, while providing ideas for flexible pacing and application. Therapist examples throughout add an authentic voice to the work while normalizing the process of awareness, management, and change of schemas and modes. An alternating focus on the reader's personal and professional lives is skillfully woven into each module. By using SP/SR to apply ST techniques to ourselves, we can open an otherwise inaccessible window into the process of change for our patients.”—Heather Fretwell, MD, Medical Director, Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Table of Contents
Foreword, Wendy T. Behary and Jeffrey E. Young
1. Introducing Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out
2. The Conceptual Model of Schema Therapy
3. Guidance for Participants
4. Guidance for Facilitators
Introduction to the Workbook Modules
I. Connection and Safety: Setting the Stage for Schema Therapy Self-Practice/Self-Reflection
Module 1. Connection and Safety
Module 2. Establishing Your Baseline
II. Understanding Your Identified Problem: Using Schema Therapy Concepts
Module 3. Understanding the Development of Your Early Maladaptive Schemas
Module 4. Stories of Childhood Experience and Assessment Imagery
Module 5. Your Schema Therapy Self-Conceptualization
III. Planning Change: Self-Monitoring, Problem Analysis, and Goals
Module 6. The Operation of Modes in Your Current Life
Module 7. Your Schema Therapy Change Plan
IV. The Beginning of Change: Mode Awareness and Mode Management
Module 8. Awareness of Your Maladaptive Coping Modes
Module 9. A Management Plan for Your Maladaptive Coping Modes
Module 10. Awareness of Your Dysfunctional Critic Modes
Module 11. A Management Plan for Your Dysfunctional Critic Modes
Module 12. Strengthening Your Healthy Adult Mode
Module 13. Reviewing Progress and Planning Further Change
V. Experiential Mode Change Work
Module 14. Awareness of Your Angry or Impulsive/Undisciplined Child Mode
Module 15. Awareness of Your Vulnerable Child Mode
Module 16. A Management Plan for Your Vulnerable Child Mode
Module 17. Fighting Your Dysfunctional Critic Modes
Module 18. Healing Your Vulnerable Child Mode
VI. Maintaining and Strengthening Change
Module 19. Finding and Strengthening Your Happy Child Mode
Module 20. Strengthening Your Access to the Healthy Adult Mode
VII. Summary Self-Reflective Questions
About the AuthorsJoan M. Farrell
, PhD, is Codirector of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest–Indianapolis Center and Research Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at IUPUI and served for 25 years as Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she developed and directed an inpatient schema therapy (ST) program for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Dr. Farrell is coprincipal investigator of an international study of ST for BPD underway in five countries and was principal investigator of a study of group ST for BPD, for which she was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health grant. A Certified Schema Therapist Trainer/Supervisor in individual and group ST, she is Coordinator for Training and Certification on the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy. Dr. Farrell is the codeveloper of group ST with Ida A. Shaw, with whom she has worked since the 1980s. They provide ST training and self-practice/self-reflection workshops nationally and internationally and have written two prior books as well as numerous book chapters and research articles.
Ida A. Shaw
, MA, is Codirector of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest–Indianapolis Center and a Certified Schema Therapist Trainer/Supervisor in individual, group, and child/adolescent ST. She is Training Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, and a member of the Training and Certification Advisory Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy. With a background in experiential psychotherapy and developmental psychology, Ms. Shaw is the codeveloper of group ST with Joan M. Farrell, with whom she has worked since the 1980s. They provide ST training and self-practice/self-reflection workshops nationally and internationally and have written two prior books as well as numerous book chapters and research articles. Ms. Shaw is the main clinical supervisor of an international multisite trial of group ST and supervises the practice component of additional research projects on avoidant personality disorder, dissociative disorders, complex trauma, and child/adolescent treatment.
Therapists of all levels of experience, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.
May serve as a text in graduate-level courses on schema therapy.