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Advanced Schema Therapy

2 day training program
“We teach what we practise, we practise what we teach.”

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This workshop is Certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy as forming part of a Certified Training in Schema Therapy.

Toowoomba There will be a privately organised Advanced Schema Therapy training conducted by Graham Taylor, on 3, 4 June. There will not be a seperate Brisbane Advanced Schema workshop in 2016. Click Here ot Register.
Perth 20, 21 October 2016. Murdoch University. Click Here to Register.

Sydney 7, 8 November 2016. North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, 17 Blue Street, North Sydney. Click Here to Register
Melbourne 9, 10 November 2016. Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville. Click Here to Register

Workshop Fee for TT Workshops: Earlybird $575, up to 4 weeks before the workshop. Standard fee $630 thereafter. The Sydney and Melbourne workshops are conducted by Dr Chris Lee.

Australian Workshops: Pre-workshop material will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

Modes were added to the Schema Therapy model in 2003, to take account of the rapidly changing mood states exhibited by many clients with more severe personailty disorder or Complex PTSD. More recently the mode model has been used across all personality disorders, with impressive outcome data being published. Attendance at this workshop assumes a good working knowledge of the basic Schema Therapy model taught in the Introductory Workshop.

Learning Objectives
Review the Schema Therapy model with an emphasis on the role of modes.
Understand how to assess and conceptualise an individual with a personality disorder in mode terms.
Learn and practice therapeutic strategies to deal with each mode in an individual therapy context.

  • How to bypass detached and dissociated modes
  • How to confront angry modes
  • How to nurture vulnerable modes
  • How to banish punitive modes linked to shame

Understand the role of therapist’s schemas in the therapeutic relationship.
Explore limit setting and reparenting techniques.

Chris Lee is the recipient of a large Rotary Foundation research grant to replicate the Farrell and Shaw study on group Schema Therapy with BDP (See Group Schema Therapy page), as part of an international multi-site Randomised Control Trial, the largest RCT ever conducted in psychotherapy.

Graham Taylor and Chris Lee have been providing workshops in Schema Therapy every year since 1993. Apart from the developer of Schema Therapy, Jeffrey Young, they have been training in this area longer than any other trainers in the world.

Note: Certification as an ISST therapist requires 40 approved hours in training (25 hours didactic and 15 hours in role plays and experiential exercises) and various supervision requirements. By combining our working with difficult clients two day workshop with this workshop on advanced techniques and Dr Joan Farrels and Ida Shaw’s training in group schema work available in November.You will have met all the training components for Certification. Supervision is also available by us (Graham and Chris) and Joan and Ida to allow full certification.

Further information: Email Chris Lee at:, or phone 0421131042.

1. Giesen-Bloo, J., et al., Outpatient Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Randomized Trial of Schema-Focused Therapy vs Transference-Focused Psychotherapy. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2006. 63(6): p. 649-658.
2. Farrell, J.M., Shaw I.A., and M.A. Webber, A schema-focused approach to group psychotherapy for outpatients with borderline personality disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 2009. 40(2): p. 317-328.
Chris and Graham have extensive histories in training therapists in Australia. They were the first therapists to bring Schema Focussed Training to Australia and New Zealand in 1993. In 1996 they were the first therapist.
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