Pre-congress workshop “Schema Therapy for Cluster-C Personality Disorders”
For many clinicians schema therapy for cluster-C personality disorders is a welcome addition to their therapeutic repertoire, given the high prevalence of cluster-C patients and their resistance to change. In this workshop an introduction into schema therapy for cluster-C personality disorders will be offered. The workshop includes a theoretical introduction into schema therapy, schema mode conceptualizations of cluster-C personality disorders, and the specific way the therapeutic relationship is used (including the concept of limited reparenting). Participants will learn how to make schema mode conceptualizations of their own patients, in collaboration with their patients, that will guide their treatment. Next, participants will be offered explanations and life or video examples of the most important techniques per mode. Issues related to breaking through persistent behavioral patterns (avoidance, dependence, perfectionism), and stimulating autonomy and independence of therapy are discussed. Lastly, a phase model of the treatment will be discussed, that helps therapists to choose the right approach in different phases of treatment.