Course Description

Hours: 12

This model evolved from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in combination with various psychotherapeutic approaches. Schema therapy, as compared to cognitive therapies, has a greater emotional focus on exploring childhood and adolescent origins of psychological problems. These current re-enacted problems are integrated into cognitive information processing and have become part of the personality structure, creating patterning thoughts and behaviours known as schemas. Participants will learn to use this model to assist their clients to:

  • alter their coping reactions to schema activations
  • become mindfully aware and disengage from unhelpful patterns of relating from earlier past experiences to thrive 
  • build and enhance the healthy, well-balanced adult self

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overview/introduction to schema therapy, origins, domains, and effective techniques.
  • Understand and update maladaptive coping modes.
  • Explore conditional versus unconditional schemas.
  • Examine the neurobiology of maladaptive schemas.
  • Review four schema modes, schema therapy assumptions.
  • Outline schema mode mapping and monitoring.
  • Learn altering behavioural patterns of the child, inner critic and coping modes.
  • Understand the role of chair work in schema therapy.
  • Analyze imagery, experiential strategies and behavioural experiments.
  • Learn to reparent the self along with gentle, empathic confrontation.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234

Cancellations and Transfers
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Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This workshop is currently not available. The 2023/2024 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 10, 2023.

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