Schema Therapy for Complex Cases (Mode work)

Schema therapy is an integrated therapy blending CBT, object relations, attachment theory and experiential techniques into a unified whole. It has been shown to be highly effective in treating complex cases, with superior outcomes on a large-scale randomised control trial for clients with BPD (Giesen-Bloo et al, 2006). Many psychologists are drawn to the model as it provides a clear, transparent structure and focus for treatment; whilst allowing the therapist to provide an emotionally corrective experience, based on a joint understanding of the client’s unmet needs and schemas.

This two-day workshop provides teaching on the theory and practice of the therapy for complex cases, combined with experiential exercises and live demonstrations to show how to use the model most effectively. Participants will gain an understanding of how schemas operate in a range of presentations and how to work with the different modes to achieve change. Detailed teaching will be provided on experiential techniques such as imagery and chair work, as well as showing how to use limited re-parenting in order to heal the client’s schemas.

The workshop will take place on 1 & 2 March - attendence at both days is mandatory.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop is suitable for Clinical & Counselling Psychologists and Trainees in these fields. Participants should have some previous knowledge of schema therapy and experience of working with complex cases.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

Participants would be able to:

  • Formulate complex cases in terms of schema modes
  • Understand how limited re-parenting is used to heal schemas
  • Use imagery for assessment and schema healing
  • Use chair work for behavioural pattern breaking / motivational problems
  • Work effectively with endings in schema therapy

Facilitator: Dr Gillian Heath CPsychol, Dr Tara Gormley CPsychol & Dr Tunde Vanco

Dr Gillian Heath and Dr Tara Gormley are experienced clinical psychologists and trainers, having worked in a variety of adult NHS and private settings since qualifying from University College London in 2004 and the University of Leeds in 2000 respectively. They have substantial experience of treating a range of axis I and II problems and supervising other psychologists working with these issues. Tara and Gillian are accredited as Advanced Level Schema Therapists with the ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy) having completed a two-year training programme run by Dr Jeffery Young (the founder of Schema Therapy). They have taught Schema Therapy to qualified psychologists in the NHS, private sector and to trainees on North London Training Schemes; as well as providing specialist supervision for psychologists and psychiatrists working towards accreditation as schema therapists. They are members of The Schema Group, a London-based group of therapists trained by Jeff Young.

Booking information


  • DCoP Members: £120 + VAT
  • DCP members: £120 + VAT
  • Society members: £170 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £220 + VAT

How to book:

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Thu, 01/03/2012 (All day) to Fri, 02/03/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology & BPS Learning Centre