Pre-congress workshop “Contextual Schema Therapy– A way to strengthen (functional) Healthy Adult behaviour”
The Healthy Adult mode is the backbone of a successful schema therapy. Despite its pivotal role a detailed description of how to elicit this functional behaviour is lacking in most books on schema therapy. Integrating meta-cognitive techniques substantially add to the table of building Healthy adult skills. The key processes (coined into schema therapy terms) are: Supporting clients to take a mindful observer stance, experience and accept painful child mode emotions in a self-compassionate way, defuse from critic mode voices, distance from dysfunctional coping mode impulses, shift into a balanced Healthy Adult mode, connect with core needs and commit oneself to value-directed functional behaviour. After a brief outline of the model and the principals of the schema therapy relationship small dyadic exercises will bring the theory to live, so the participants will get a vivid experience what the gain of a contextual schema therapy is and how it feels like.
Reading: Roediger, E., Stevens, B. & Brockman, R. (2018). Contextual Schema Therapy. An Integrative Approach to Personality Disorders, Emotional Dysregulation, and Interpersonal Functioning. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.