Introduction to Schema Therapy

This event is fully booked.

Schema Therapy places a greater emphasis on the childhood origins of psychological problems. It is an integrative therapy, combining aspects of cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, attachment and Gestalt models. It sees the cognitive and behavioural aspects as vital to treatment, as in standard CBT, but gives equal weight to emotional change, experiential techniques and the therapeutic relationship. Like CBT, it is structured, systematic and specific. It follows a sequence of assessment and treatment procedures. The model outlines specific schemas, coping styles and modes. Perhaps most importantly, it normalises rather than pathologises personality disorders in its assumption that everyone has schemas, coping styles and modes, however, in the people we treat they are more rigid and extreme.

The aim of this workshop is to provide an overview of schema therapy and its application to self, different clinical populations and settings. It will also include a review of the emerging evidence for the efficacy of the approach and its future directions. In keeping with the model, the training will incorporate experiential exercises to provide a greater understanding of the change techniques involved.

Provisional timetable

09:30 - 10:00 Registration, tea/coffee
10:00 - 11:15 Introduction to the model
11:30 - 12:30 Self Formulation
13:00 - 14:30 Schema Modes
15:00 - 16:30 Therapeutic Techniques


Target audience

The workshop is suitable for all grades of psychologist who work in any clinical field as the model has been applied to other populations such as child, learning disabilities and older adults. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To develop awareness of schemas and schema modes
  • To gain insight into own schemas and impact upon therapy relationship
  • To experience key techniques (imagery/schema dialogues)
  • To provide an overview of clinical applications to different populations
  • To orientate participants to the research evidence and wider literature

Facilitator: Dr Kerry Beckley CPsychol

Dr Kerry Beckley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is Certified Advanced Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer with the International Society of Schema Therapy. She has extensive experience of working within a range of forensic settings. She delivers workshops nationally and internationally in Schema Therapy and has written a number of chapters and articles on this topic and has developed a schema therapy group protocol for use in forensic settings.

Booking information


  • DCP members: £33 (£27.50 + VAT)
  • Society members: £63 (£52.50 + VAT)
  • Society non-members: £96 (£80 +VAT)

How to book

This event is fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please complete the online form


Important notice: The venue for this event has changed. 

New venue:

The Belmont Hotel (map and directions)

De Montfort Street

Tue, 11/06/2013 -
09:30 to 16:30
Contact Information: 
BPS Learning Centre and DCP East Midlands Branch