Schema Therapy and/or schema informed practice is increasingly being used within a range of criminal justice settings.
The application of schema therapy in forensic contexts can be challenging due to pre-existing cultures and narratives about care and punishment.
The workshop aims to explore the challenges in using experiential techniques for the purpose of limited re-parenting and empathic confrontation. It is necessary to make sense of, and work effectively with, the anti-social dimension of the individuals, whilst holding in mind the often extensive unmet needs from childhood that underpin the complex presentations encountered in adulthood.
Core themes will include making sense of “offence paralleling behaviour” (Jones 2002) within a schema framework, a critical reflection of the forensic modes (Bernstein, Arntz & de Vos, 2007), and schema chemistry within the therapeutic relationship (Beckley, 2010).
The workshop will utilise concepts from both individual and group schema therapy models. The final area will focus on the wider organisational dynamics and explore how therapists can become “positioned” within multidisciplinary team dynamics, associated with classical notions of splitting as they struggle to maintain the delicate balance between risk management and therapeutic agendas. The workshop will also consider the role of psychologist within probation settings where a schema informed framework is utilised.
Learning outcomes and objectives
- To increase knowledge of schema therapy in forensic contexts
- To consider the wider use of the schema model with teams and organisations
- To practice the application of experiential techniques with common presentations in forensic clients
Who is the course intended for?
Clinicians working in forensic contexts.
The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Rd E
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Application of ST to individual therapy: working with common mode presentations
13:30 Application of ST to groups and systems: schema chemistry
Delegate fees can be found on the registration page